Friday, December 16, 2022

Senate Passes Revised HR 7776 – 2023 NDAA

Yesterday, the Senate completed action on the House Amendment to HR 7776, the vehicle for the FY 2023 National Defense Authorization Act. After rejecting a Republican amendment, the Senate voted to concur with the House amendment to the Senate Amendment to HR 7776 by a bipartisan vote of 83 to 11. As in the House vote the Nay votes were also bipartisan (6 Democrats and 5 Republicans). The bill, as amended in the House, includes a variety of cybersecurity provisions that have been discussed elsewhere.

The amendment considered yesterday was SA 6526, proposed by Sen Johnson (R,WI). It would have added a new §525A, Remedies for members of the armed forces discharged or subject to punishment under the covid–19 vaccine mandate. The amendment failed by a vote of  40 to 54, four Republicans joined the Democrats and six Republicans did not vote. The vote required 60 votes to pass, so it was not close.

Nine additional amendments to HR 7776 were proposed yesterday, none of them of any interest here.

The bill now goes to the President for signature, probably next week.

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