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Reed and Inhofe File Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Ranking Member Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today announced they have filed S. 4543, the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 (NDAA).

“Today, we make important progress toward strengthening our common defense by advancing the National Defense Authorization Act,” said
Senator Reed. “From China’s emergence as our most consequential strategic competitor to Russia’s assault on Ukraine, the challenges before us are momentous. With broad, bipartisan support this year’s NDAA increases funding for our national defense, invests in the platforms and infrastructure our military needs, and delivers critical resources for our allies and partners around the globe. It provides our troops and Defense Department civilians with a significant pay raise and introduces new protections and support for their families. To ensure our technological superiority, it strengthens our cyber, hypersonic, and artificial intelligence capabilities, giving our forces advantages on the battlefields of the future. I am grateful to Ranking Member Inhofe for his leadership and unwavering commitment to our servicemembers and their families. He has been a strong partner on this bill, and I am pleased we named this year’s NDAA in his honor ahead of his well-deserved retirement. I look forward to improving the bill even further on the Senate floor.”

Senator Inhofe
also commented: “As the world grows more dangerous, I can’t think of a more necessary bill to debate and pass than the National Defense Authorization Act. I’m proud to join Chairman Reed today, for one last time, to advance this year’s legislation. This bill was developed with the input of all Senators to meet this critical moment. With the Chinese Communist Party accelerating the already historic modernization of its military, Russia continuing to destabilize security in Europe, and record-high inflation jeopardizing our buying power, Congress must do everything we can to give our military every advantage on the battlefield. To start, that means adequate investment — which is why Chairman Reed and I led the charge to increase the defense budget by $45 billion, to make sure our troops have the tools, capabilities, training, pay and resources needed to defend this country. I hope the Senate acts with a sense of urgency on the NDAA, and I hope we’ll consider it in an open process so we can continue to improve the most important bill we’ll do all year.”

The Fiscal Year 2023 NDAA authorizes a topline of $847 billion for military and national security programs at the Department of Defense and Department of Energy.

The text of the bill can be viewed here.

The bill report can be viewed here.

Funding tables can be viewed here.

Click here for an executive summary of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023

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