Biden’s New $740 Defense Bill will Overhaul Sexual Assault Prosecutions and More

U.S. Soldiers depart Forward Operating Base Baylough, Afghanistan / DoD photo by Staff Sgt. William Tremblay, U.S. Army/Released

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Monday signed a $740 billion bill authorizing funding for the Defense Department in fiscal 2022.

The National Defense Authorization Act includes a spending boost for the military, adding $25 billion to what the White House requested. And the bill includes a 2.7% pay raise for troops, changes to how the military prosecutes some sexual misconduct crimes and an independent commission to review the two-decade war in Afghanistan.

This is the 61st year in a row Congress and the president have approved the sweeping defense policy bill. The legislation also includes another $28 billion to fund Energy Department nuclear weapons programs.

“There’s a lot to be proud of in this bill,” Rep. Adam Smith, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said in a statement, citing the pay raise, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and climate provisions. “Ultimately, this year’s NDAA focuses on what makes our country strong: our economy, diversity, innovation, allies and partners, democratic values, and our troops.”

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7 months ago

I’m sure the ‘sexual assault’ clause includes three paragraphs on preferred pronouns and defines who can do what to whom. This is the new priority. What happened to defending the United States from enemies foreign and domestic?

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