After a final vote last week, the House’s $850 billion version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2023 moved toward reconciliation with its Senate counterpart.
Notably, the NDAA as written exceeded President Joe Biden’s own proposal by $813 billion and exceeded last year’s version by more than $80 billion. However, after a conference committee oversaw the reconciliation process, the final version still needs to be voted on by the House and Senate before heading to the president.
Among those with reason to celebrate the rising bill was U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY), a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Stefanik, one of the top Republicans in the House, helped secure NDAA supplies for Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division. Already, the bill supported major new investments in technology, defense and deterrence.
“Our country must never fall behind in building a strong national defense,” Stefanik said. “The provisions of this NDAA invest in emerging technologies, secure the supply chains of critical components for our military platforms, and ensure our military readiness to meet the national security needs of the United States. This is essential to promoting peace through force in the face of rapidly evolving military threats posed by China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. For these reasons, I am proud to have introduced a defense bill that puts taxpayers’ money to good use by strengthening our military and providing a well-deserved pay raise for our brave men and women in uniform that they are working to keep us safe.
The bill notably authorized a 4.6% salary increase for military service members, as well as an inflationary salary bonus of 2.4% ($800 million) for junior and enlisted personnel. For their families, it also directs the Department of Defense (DoD) to create a credit program for child care providers while expanding a pilot program to help with home child care expenses. It allocates tens of millions of dollars to emerging technology programs and adds new requirements such as a technical fielding plan to expand shared early warning information about missile threats to allies and expands U.S.- Israel on the fight against unmanned aerial systems until 2026.
If passed, the NDAA would also prohibit DoD research, development, test and evaluation funding for those with agreements affiliated with Chinese or Russian military and intelligence services. Speaking of Russia and China, it would also permanently empower Special Operations Command irregular warfare authorities to assist partners and allies in resisting aggression from those seen as adversaries.
In Stefanik’s case, she also secured provisions authorizing millions for arctic equipment for the 10th Mountain Division, as well as drones, helicopters and assessments. For upstate New York more generally, she also secured $25 million for the cleanup of military ordnance at formerly used defense sites, reports of potential new facilities, and funds to procure suits. advanced bombs manufactured in the region.