Senate Passes Record-high $858 Billion Defense Act
The legislation also rescinds the military's COVID vaccine mandate
On Dec. 15, 2022, the Senate passed legislation authorizing a record $858 billion in annual defense spending, $45 billion more than proposed by President Joe Biden, and rescinding the military's COVID vaccine mandate.
Senators supported the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, an annual must-pass bill setting policy for the Pentagon, by an overwhelming 83-11 bipartisan majority.
The 11 no votes came from a mix of liberals who object to the ever-rising military budget and fiscal conservatives who want tighter controls on spending.
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