GOP Scores Victory Against DEI In Military

Legislators from both parties will meet formally this week in the House and Senate to negotiate the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will set spending levels for the military for the next fiscal year.

According to a report, the intelligence community may not lose a crucial weapon when the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act expires at the end of the year, since lawmakers have agreed to temporarily extend the act.

Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, secured the conference’s scheduling just before Congress went on Thanksgiving break. An associate of Wicker’s had previously informed the press that owing to competing demands, it wouldn’t have occurred this year if the conference planning hadn’t begun before the break.

An aide to the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) has confirmed that Wicker, along with Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), Representative Mike Rogers (R-AL), and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-Wash.), are among the key negotiators for the NDAA.

According to reports, Wicker said on Monday that the NDAA has some issues that need fixing but that progress is being made.

With 86-11 bipartisan backing, the Senate passed its version of the yearly military defense bill in July, authorizing $886 billion to be spent over the next year to strengthen national security, just before the five-week summer break.

A 5.2% pay raise for military personnel is part of the Senate’s proposed budget, including $9.1 billion to make the US more competitive with China, plus $300 million to help Ukraine.
Problems with transgender and abortion services are sidestepped in the Senate plan. Nonetheless, it does take into account Republican worries over what they see as an overabundance of progressive policies in the Pentagon.

Senate Republicans successfully lobbied for a hiring block on new diversity, equality, and inclusion roles and language to restrict the use of favored pronouns in official communications.
The House passed its version of the measure. It included many Republican amendments that sought to limit transgender-affirming therapies and dismantle the Pentagon’s policy for military personnel seeking abortions out of state.

There is a lot of Republican ideology in the House version, and President Biden has already said he won’t sign a bill with it.