The U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Friday, which included amendments removing DEI training, vaccine requirements and abortion funding from the Department of Defense (DOD).
The House Freedom Caucus succeeded in introducing the amendments, and the NDAA passed across near-total party lines. However, the NDAA still needs Senate approval before heading to President Joe Biden's desk.
House Armed Services Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R-Saks) praised the legislation and its provisions for military servicemembers and their families. This was the first NDAA passed with Rogers as the committee chairman.
"The National Defense Authorization Act has been a critical part of our national security for over 60 years," Rogers said. "The NDAA provides our warfighters with the resources and authorities they need to provide for the defense of our nation. This legislation is vital as our nation is faced with unprecedented threats from our adversaries."
"It is only because of the selflessness of the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces that our nation remains free – the FY24 NDAA includes strong provisions that support our servicemembers and their families.
U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) has taken on the DOD abortion issue head-on by placing a hold on military promotions requiring U.S. Senate confirmation until the Pentagon reversed its policy.
"For years, the far-left Biden Administration has moved to use the military as a venue to showcase their unpopular, liberal social policies," Rogers continued. "I am proud that this year's NDAA counteracts the woke agenda and refocuses our military on lethality. Specifically, amendments to halt Biden's unconstitutional abortion travel policy, eliminate unjust DEI measures, and prohibit drag shows on military bases all passed in the final House bill."
U.S. Rep. Dale Strong (R-Huntsville), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, congratulated his Alabama colleague for facilitating the NDAA's passage.
"The United States hosts the most lethal fighting force in the world," Strong said. "The servicemen and women who defend the values we hold dear are the best our nation has to offer. For my first NDAA, I stepped into this process with one goal in mind: fight to bolster national security. We find ourselves at a crucial point in our nation's history, where investments in defense will play a vital role in ensuring the success of our warfighters and survival of the freedoms we value,"
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