House Armed Services Committee Chair Adam Smith (D-Wash.) is proposing the same defense spending level the administration requested – $744 billion, $716 billion of which would go to DOD.
The figures are included in committee Democrats’ version of the fiscal year 2022 defense authorization bill, released Monday ahead of Wednesday’s committee consideration. The final pages of the bill list member-requested earmarks in 18 states, including research projects, infrastructure upgrades and family support programs. Smith also released a detailed summary of the NDAA legislation.
Ranking Member Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) released a proposed amendment that would add $25 billion to the defense topline, roughly matching the amount the Senate Armed Services Committee ended up writing into its version of the bill.
Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.), who serves on the committee, tweeted her support for raising the topline “to adequately address the rising threats of China, Iran and Russia.”
But House progressives continue to urge Smith to stick with the President’s requested spending level.
“At a time when America’s largest national security threat is a global pandemic, our spending priorities should embrace efforts such as increased COVID vaccination efforts abroad instead of continually increased military spending – especially during a period of military withdrawal from foreign wars,” a group of 27 House Democrats wrote in a letter Monday.
Air Force photo of Rep. Luria by Staff Sgt. Chandler Baker