As first reported by the Military Times House and Senate lawmakers on Tuesday night unveiled plans for a compromise defense authorization bill that would boost the military budget by 8% over fiscal 2022 levels and rescind the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for service members.
This comes as a USNA Midshipman claimed that she was being denied her commission because of the mandate. The Naval Academy denies that claim.
The $858 billion plan (which includes roughly $817 billion in Department of Defense spending) also includes plans for a 4.6% pay raise for troops starting next month and nearly $19 billion in extra funding to deal with extra inflation costs on construction, fuel prices and other military purchases.
Reportedly House lawmakers are expected to pass the measure later this week setting up a Senate vote next week. If it passes both chambers, it could be signed into law by the president before the end of the month.