The House and Senate armed services panels released the text of a compromise NDAA earlier on Tuesday. The massive bill authorizes $778 billion for military spending, $25 billion more than what President Biden requested for the 2022 budget. The compromise NDAA came after the Senate struggled to pass its own version of the bill.
The bill now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to be brought to a vote soon. The compromise version is expected to pass through the Senate easily, and then will be sent to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.
In September, the House passed a version of the NDAA that included an amendment introduced by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) that would end US support for the war in Yemen. But the measure was stripped from the compromise version. An amendment that would have required women to register for the military draft was also stripped from the bill.
With the Pentagon focused on countering China, the NDAA will authorize $7.1 billion for the Pacific Deterrence Initiative (PDI), about $2 billion more than what Biden requested. The PDI is meant to build up the US’s military forces in the Asia Pacific and includes plans to beef up the US base in Guam and set up a network of long-range missiles near China’s coast.
The unveiling of the NDAA comes amid heightened tensions between the US and Russia over Ukraine. The bill authorizes $300 million in military aid for Kyiv, a $50 million increase from what the Pentagon requested.