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House of Representatives Committee on Rules
On Wednesday, May 18, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4909, the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 277-147. Many Democrats voted against the annual legislation because it shifts $18 Billion in temporary, Overseas Contingency Operations (a.k.a. OCO) funds into the base defense budget, which caused President Obama to issue a veto threat. Representative Poliquin’s (R-ME) amendment (amendment #30) to assist members of the National Guard who travel long distances to report to active duty training was adopted by voice vote. The amendment calls for a DOD study on the annual travel distances of Reserve Component Servicemembers and stemmed from a 2016 EANGUS Legislative Workshop point paper. The adoption of the amendment is a big win for the EANGUS National Office and EANGUS members. Other successful Guard-friendly amendments include amendment #4 to fund the National Guard Youth Challenge Program, amendment #47 National Guard Counter-Drug Programs funding, and amendment #48 reauthorizing funds for an existing suicide prevention and resilience program. Those amendments, and all others, considered in the House or Representatives can be found here.
Next week, the U.S. Senate will consider the Senate Armed Services Committee-passed NDAA. The Senate’s version does not include the $18 Billion shift in OCO funds. The differences between the legislation will likely set up a lengthy battle between the two chambers, as the two bills are conferenced. One hot issue item will be pay raises for Servicemembers. H.R. 4909 provides a pay raise of 2.1%, while the SASC-passed language authorizes a 1.6% pay raise. Considering this is an election year, it is unlikely the House and Senate will be able to resolve their differences and send an NDAA to President Obama for his signature before December. Much more to come next week, as the action shifts to the U.S. Senate.
House lawmakers have brushed aside Democrat objections and White House threats to pass their controversial $583 billion defense authorization bill for fiscal 2017, setting up a summer-long negotiation with their Senate counterparts over military policy and priorities.
The measure calls for a 2.1 percent military pay raise starting next January, a big boost in Army personnel and an overhaul of the military medical care system. Lawmakers voted 277-147 in favor of the bill after two days of debate.
Executive Office of the President
The Administration appreciates the House Armed Services Committee's continued support of our national defense and supports a number of provisions in H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. However, the Administration strongly objects to many provisions in this bill that impede the Administration's ability to carry out the President's defense strategy.
The Washington Post
House and Senate Republicans are at odds over how to allocate war spending, all but guaranteeing a showdown later this year over how to fund defense programs and keep military campaigns going in Afghanistan and Iraq and against the Islamic State.
House Republicans want to dip into the war account to help pay for Pentagon programs they feel would otherwise get squeezed. But their approach will make it necessary for Congress to approve an emergency war funding bill next spring, effectively blowing budget caps — a politically testy issue and a risk Senate Republicans decided not to take.
Some senators once again are pushing to start turning over commissaries to private industry, in a repeat of last year’s effort.
But like last year, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., is pushing back, vowing to defeat the effort to privatize without first studying the impact.
The Senate Armed Services Committee has included a provision in its version of the fiscal 2017 defense policy bill that would require a pilot program testing privatization at no more than five commissaries on major military bases, according to a press release from Inhofe.
Women may not have to register for the draft after all, if House Republicans get their way.
Republican members of the House Rules Committee during a late Monday meeting stripped provisions from the annual defense authorization bill that would have required women to register for the Selective Service System.
The controversial provision narrowly passed the House Armed Services Committee last month, and was expected to be a major point of debate on the defense policy bill this week.
National Guard Bureau Office of Legislative Liaison
This guide provides a short summary of the initial draft House Armed Services Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). To obtain a complete understanding of any particular provision, users are encouraged to review the actual legislative language. Beyond the legislative provision, there are a number of directive reports with specific relevance to the National Guard. Readers are encouraged to review this report language for their own situational awareness.
Federal News Radio
The final details of the 2017 defense authorization bill remain a work in progress for the House and Senate, but one bargaining chip of the deal could undo some steep travel cuts for DoD employees.
The NDAA draft passed by the House Armed Services Committee in April would reverse the diem travel cuts for the defense civilian workforce and military personnel that have been in place since November 2014.
The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved by voice vote its $575.7 billion defense appropriations bill.
The bill includes $517.1 billion for basic requirements and $58.6 billion for the overseas contingency operations war fund, though $15.7 of the war funding would be used for requirements such as readiness, infrastructure and modernization.
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