Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Ranking Member Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today opened deliberation on the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The annual bill authorizes U.S. Department of Defense spending levels and sets overarching military policy to equip, supply, and train our troops and provide for military families. The Senators offered a substitute amendment to H.R. 7900, the House-passed NDAA, on the Senate floor.
The substitute amendment, S.A. 5499, strikes and replaces the text of H.R. 7900 with the text of the S. 4543, the SASC-passed NDAA, as modified with 75 amendments from other Senators and committees. This version of the NDAA authorizes $817 billion for the Department of Defense (DOD) and $29 billion for national security programs within the Department of Energy (DOE). It authorizes critical investments in military technology, strengthens capabilities, delivers a 4.6 percent pay raise to America's service members, and ensures they have the support, equipment, and training they need.
Senators Reed and Inhofe commented: “This is an important step forward for the fiscal year 2023 NDAA. We worked together and with our colleagues to advance a strong, bipartisan bill that strengthens and modernizes our military, promotes peace through strength and deterrence, and includes critical reforms to support our service personnel and their families as they deserve. This legislation demonstrates that we are united in ensuring support for the people of Ukraine as they defend their country from Putin’s illegal invasion. We remain committed to upholding our tradition of robust, careful deliberation and strong, bipartisan support to ensure we provide our military with the tools and capabilities needed to combat threats and safeguard our nation.”
NDAA highlights include:
The substitute offered by Senators Reed and Inhofe was modified with a package of 75 amendments from other Senators and committees.
The full text of the substitute amendment will be published on Congress.gov this week.
Read Senator Reed’s FY23 NDAA floor statement.
Read Senator Inhofe's FY23 NDAA statement.
The full text of the SASC-passed NDAA can be viewed here.
Click here for an executive summary of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023.
Cole Stevens (SASC Democrats) (202) 224-8636
Laurie Fitch (Inhofe) (202) 224-4721