Conferees Announced For Defense Bill

October 20, 2017

The annual defense authorization bill enters one of its final phases, as lawmakers this week announced the list of conferees who will iron out differences between the House and Senate versions.

Fifty-eight lawmakers will help determine the fate of a range of national security issues affecting MOAA members, on topics like the active duty pay, health care fees, and survivor's benefits. The list of conferees include every member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and half of the members of the House Armed Services Committee.

They will have their work cut out for them, as the two chambers had different opinions on several issues of interest to MOAA. 

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Despite numerous tweets to the contrary, the administration already has signaled its intent to cap next year's military pay below private sector wage growth, citing concerns about “serious economic conditions.”

Regardless of the outcome, Congress first will need to come up with a budget agreement. Raising defense spending levels above current statutory limits will trigger sequestration, an arbitrary budget-cutting mechanism. 

Once lawmakers clear that hurdle, we expect the defense bill to move quickly through conference. That means there's little time to influence the outcome on these important issues. We need you to act now to send your elected officials a MOAA-suggested message to support key provisions in the defense bill. 

 

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