House and Senate lawmakers expect to pass the annual defense authorization bill this week in one of their last legislative actions of the year.
Congressional negotiators announced a compromise on the massive defense budget policy bill last week. The $874.2 billion measure includes provisions for a 5.2% pay raise for troops in 2024 and a host of procurement priorities for fiscal 2024.
The measure is expected to advance with bipartisan support. White House officials protested a host of social issues included in the military legislation after House Republicans passed their draft last summer, but most of those provisions — things like changes to military abortion access policies and limits on military transgender medical care — were removed from the final compromise.
Both chambers are scheduled to wrap up their 2023 work by Dec. 15. The authorization bill has been advanced through Congress for more than 60 consecutive years.
Leo covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He has covered Washington, D.C. since 2004, focusing on military personnel and veterans policies. His work has earned numerous honors, including a 2009 Polk award, a 2010 National Headliner Award, the IAVA Leadership in Journalism award and the VFW News Media award.
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