Two dozen Republicans are pushing Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (DN.Y.) to put the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2023 to a vote before the end of the period September work.
“When our nation was founded, then-General George Washington wrote, ‘When civil and military powers co-operate and help one another, there can be little doubt that all will be well.’ Two centuries later, That still rings true, the lawmakers, led by Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), wrote in a letter to Schumer.
“Yet if this body fails in its primary constitutional responsibility to provide a common defense, our armed forces will be left without direction, will lack stable funding, and will lack the civilian oversight of Congress,” they continued.
Schumer’s office did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.
The Senate Armed Services Committee advanced its version of the annual defense policy bill in June by a 23-3 bipartisan vote, and the legislation now awaits consideration by the full upper house.
The House passed its version of the bill on July 14 on a bipartisan 329-101 vote. Once the Senate has adopted its version, the differences between the bills are negotiated in conference committee.
Sen. Jack Reed (DR.I.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said at the 2022 defense press conference that he was working with Schumer to try to introduce the bill before the holidays. of the Senate for the midterm elections.
However, he acknowledged that there were other things the Upper House needed to work on that were priorities.
“We need to have an ongoing resolution to keep the government running, and there are other issues that come our way that we need to address. But we are pushing very, very hard to be on the court in September,” Reed said.
The Senate version of the bill calls for an $857 billion national defense line, of which $846 billion would be authorized for Department of Defense and Department of Energy programs.
In their letter, the Republicans touted the bill to provide the military with a 4.6% pay raise and to bolster US forces in cybersecurity, space and the Indo-Pacific as well as personnel management. .