The House on Thursday passed a massive National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2022 that adds billions to the original budget requested by President Biden. In total, the NDAA allocates $778 billion for military spending, a $25 billion increase from the $753 billion requested by Biden.
The NDAA passed easily in a vote of 316 to 113, with 38 Democrats and 75 Republicans voted against the bill. The Senate still needs to pass its version of the spending bill, and then the two chambers will negotiate the NDAA that will go to President Biden’s desk in conference committee.
The Senate’s version will also include a $25 billion increase, which was approved in July by the Senate Armed Services Committee. Initially, Republican hawks went after Biden for his $753 billion request, claiming it was not enough to counter China. But ultimately, the boost in funding had bipartisan approval.
Efforts to reduce the budget overwhelmingly failed. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) led an amendment that would have cut the Pentagon’s budget by 10 percent was shot down in a vote of 86 to 332. Another amendment, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), would have limited the NDAA to what Biden requested, but that was voted rejected 142 to 286.
Other notable amendments that were voted on:
Yemen: An amendment to end all US support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen sponsored by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) was approved by 219 to 207. Another amendment to limit the servicing of Saudi warplanes led by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) was approved by 223 to 204.
Syria: A measure by Rep. Jamal Bowman (D-NY) that would prohibit a US military presence in Syria without the approval of Congress was rejected in a vote of 141 to 286.
ICBMs: The House voted down an amendment sponsored by Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) that would have blocked funding for new intercontinental ballistic missile systems in a vote of 118 to 299.
Pentagon “Wish List”: Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced an amendment that would have limited the Pentagon’s unfunded priority list that was defeated in a vote of 167 to 256.
Law Enforcement: The House rejected a measure sponsored by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) that would have reduced the amount of military equipment transferred to domestic law enforcement agencies.