President Joe Biden signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on Monday, sanctioning more than $768 billion in defense spending after Congress passed a plan that was more expensive than the White House had planned.
Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
On November 1, 2017, in Chicago, Joe Biden spoke to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
In fiscal year 2022, the plan would give $740 billion for the Pentagon, representing a 5% increase in military spending over the previous year.
Republicans lambasted Biden’s proposal for $715 billion in Pentagon financing, claiming that greater expenditure was needed to address dangers presented by Russia and China—a stance shared by many of Biden’s Democratic colleagues, thus burying the earlier proposal.
The NDAA version signed by Biden on Monday passed the Senate with an 89-10 vote and the House with a 363-70 majority.
The 2022 National Defense Authorization Act grants a 2.7 percent pay boost for troops, $4 billion for the European Defense Initiative, and $300 million for military assistance to Ukraine.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authorizes military spending but does not allocate it. In order for the approved expenditure to be implemented, Republicans and Democrats will need to achieve an agreement on funding the government through fiscal year 2022.
A mandate that women register for the draft was included in an early version of the bill, but it was removed from the final form.