Bipartisanship reigns as House panel bulks up annual defense policy bill with more money and weapons

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NDAA CLEARS HOUSE COMMITTEE 57-1: The annual defense authorization legislation may be on track to clear the Congress well ahead of the Oct. 1 start of the next fiscal year, if the quick passage by the House and Senate Armed Services Committees is any indication. In the early hours of this morning, the House panel approved and sent to the floor the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act by an overwhelmingly bipartisan 57-1 vote. The Senate version was approved by a committee vote of 23-3 last week.

“There is much to be proud of in this bill, and I am grateful to my colleagues across the Committee for their expertise, advocacy, and support,” said committee Chairman Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) in a statement. “This Committee has once again delivered a result that, for whatever our disagreements may be, ultimately does right by service members, civilians, and…

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