December 9, 2016
On Thursday, the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) cleared the Senate and now awaits the president's signature.
The $618.7 billion defense policy bill passed the Senate with a veto-proof majority of 92-7. The House passed the legislation the previous week by a similarly huge majority of 375-34.
Earlier, defense leaders told MOAA they likely would recommend the president veto the defense bill over the way it funds force and pay increases. That would be a serious problem, because the bill includes a number of positive pay and benefit changes, as well as much-needed force increases.
MOAA worked closely with Congress to prevent harmful allowance and health benefit cuts and we are pleased with this year's successful outcome.
Our view is the president is very unlikely to veto the bill over what now amounts to a technicality. And in that unlikely event, it appears the House and Senate have the votes to override a veto.
But just in case, please send the White House a MOAA-suggested message urging the president to sign the defense bill into law.
Meanwhile, Congress is also working quickly to finalize a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through the end of April. A CR signed in late September currently funds the government only through today - Dec. 9.
The House passed the proposed CR on Thursday afternoon by a vote of 326-96 and the Senate was set to take up the legislation Friday.
Contact the White House
Please send the White House a MOAA-suggested message urging the president to sign the defense bill into law.