(PresidentialHill.com)- Last Thursday, in a bipartisan 329 to 111 vote, the House of Representatives passed the $840 billion 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
In addition to authorizing Defense spending for the next Fiscal Year, the legislation also directs the Pentagon to analyze the supposed “dangers” of white supremacy, Neo-Nazism, and anti-Semitism in the US military.
Yeah, that old chestnut.
That portion of the bill even mentions the Proud Boys.
The legislation also includes directives to streamline legal proceedings for Gitmo detainees and guarantee that cases involving harassment and discrimination in the military will be heard within 180 days.
The amendment added by the snake Adam Schiff is also included in the final bill. Schiff’s contribution to the NDAA will “prohibit the use of evidence obtained with the assistance of a member of the Armed Forces in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act.”
In short, evidence obtained by the military will be exempt from congressional oversight.
Critics of the amendment pointed out last week that such a measure would limit Congressional oversight over a wide range of issues from border security to the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
And let’s not forget Ukraine. This NDAA is jam-packed with directives regarding Russia, Ukraine, and NATO.
The bill directs the Pentagon to study what resources NATO might need to deter Russian aggression. It also earmarks $100 million to train Ukrainian pilots.
The NDAA will also make life difficult for President Biden who is relying on Saudi Arabian oil to pull his poll numbers out of the toilet. The measure also includes a provision temporarily halting the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia over the murder of Qatari asset, Jamal Khashoggi.
And, big surprise here, the bill directs the Pentagon to find ways to get around the repeal of Roe v. Wade.
The House-passed bill still needs to be reconciled to the Senate bill before it goes to the White House for President Biden’s signature.