House’s NDAA Floor Debate Will Likely Focus on Cultural Issues

July 6, 2023

The House is scheduled to consider the National Defense Authorization Act next week, and it seems the floor debate will focus largely on contentious issues with messages meant to stretch beyond military operations and onto the 2024 campaign trail.

House lawmakers have filed more than 1,400 amendments, CQ reported, including:

  • Language filed by Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) to prohibit DOD from reimbursing travel expenses for service members’ reproductive health services.
  • Multiple amendments to gut DOD’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Several amendments restricting medical care and other rights for transgender individuals.

Several other amendments call for various DOD reviews of how aid to Ukraine has been spent so far. House leaders and the Republican-led Rules Committee will decide which amendments come up for floor debate.

House and Senate leaders have expressed hope that their chambers can pass their respective authorization bills before the August break. That would mean a conference committee could craft a compromise bill in the fall.

Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexus Wilcox

July 6, 2023

Recent News

Calif. Guard Leader Joins DIU Leadership

Calif. Guard Leader Joins DIU Leadership

California Air National Guard Commander Maj. Gen. Steven “Bucky” Butow has been appointed military deputy for DOD’s Defense Innovation Unit, according to Defense Scoop. Butow will lead a team of 75 service members along with civilians to “execute DIU’s strategic...

In Our Communities

In Our Communities

USAF Changes Plans to Release Land Parcel in Hawaii The Air Force says that it now plans to retain a 138-acre training site at Bellows Air Force Station in Waimanalo, Hawaii, reversing earlier plans to relinquish it, due to “changes in operational requirements,”...

White House Opposes 19.5% Pay Hike for Junior Troops

White House Opposes 19.5% Pay Hike for Junior Troops

The White House announced Tuesday that it opposes the 19.5% pay raise House lawmakers are considering for junior enlisted service members, saying it’s too expensive and is premature, given that the administration is reviewing military pay, as Military.com reported....

PAST STORIES