On Thursday, December 1, 2016, the House will begin consideration of the Conference Report to S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017, under a rule. The bill was introduced on May 18, 2016 by Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and passed the Senate by a vote of 85-13, on June 14, 2016. The House considered H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 on May 18, 2016 by a vote of 277-147. On July 7, 2016, the House moved to go to Conference on S. 2943. The Legislative Digest for H.R. 4909 can be found here.
The Conference Report to S. 2943 authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and other select national security programs within the Department of Energy for Fiscal Year 2017. The bill authorizes $619 billion, which includes matching the President’s original budget request of $610 billion, a $5.8 billion supplemental request for operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Europe, and a further $3.2 billion for Readiness Stabilization Funding.
To find a summary of the Conference Report provided by the House Committee on Armed Services, please click here. Highlights include:
The National Defense Authorization Act has historically been the key mechanism through which Congress fulfills one of its primary responsibilities as mandated in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States, which grants Congress the power to provide for the common defense; to raise and support an Army; to provide and maintain a Navy; and to make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces.
Click here for the previous Legislative Digest for the House-passed version of H.R. 4909.
A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate is currently unavailable. However, the Conference Report authorizes $619 billion for defense and defense-related activities.
For questions or further information on the bill, contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1828.