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Smith Statement on the House Passage of FY23 NDAA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7900, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23), by a vote of 329-101.
 
“For over six decades, the NDAA has served the American people as a legislative foundation for national security policymaking rooted in our democratic values. Today’s successful vote marks another chapter in that history – with considerable gains for those currently serving our country in uniform. Members across the House have worked together to advance reforms that benefit service members and their families, who are the foundation of America’s defense. Providing for our common defense remains a crucial responsibility for all Members of Congress, regardless of party, and it requires a collective commitment to our national security and to the American people’s defense priorities. This year’s defense bill fulfills that responsibility, meets that commitment, and reflects those priorities
 
“At a time when democracies worldwide face both old and new threats, the FY23 NDAA supports investments in what makes our country competitive around the world and strong at home: a diverse and talented military and civilian workforce; groundbreaking science and technology research, especially at Historically Black Colleges and Universities; and the alliances and partnerships we need to meet our biggest global security challenges. I am especially proud that this year’s bill supports those who defend our country by giving them the compensation they deserve with a 4.6% pay raise for service members and civilian personnel, as well as relief for their housing and other everyday costs. I am also glad that the NDAA includes a package of bold reforms to prevent and mitigate civilian harm in military operations.
 
“As the legislative process continues, I thank my House colleagues for their thoughtful contributions and support of this year’s NDAA. There’s a lot to be proud of in this bill, and the stakes for our country’s national security could not be higher.”

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