House Passes $610 Billion National Defense Authorization Act.
There were 181 proposed amendments considered over two days of debate
The bill was approved on an 277–147 vote, with nearly all GOP and 40 Dems voting in favor, while most of the remaining Democrats voted no.
The bill diverts $18 billion from the Pentagon’s war-fighting fund into the main defense budget for pay for additional personnel and equipment.
The bill also would allow the U.S. to directly fund Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State in Iraq
The bill contains a “religious liberty” amendment which undermines President Obama’s 2014 executive order prohibiting anti-LGBT workplace discrimination among federal contractors.
The bill added $1.4 billion for 14 F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet aircraft for the Navy, and $1.5 billion to allow for the purchase for 11 extra Lockheed Martin-manufactured F-35s.
The bill requires the USAF to maintain a minimum of 171 Warthogs and bar significant cuts to manning levels related to any A-10 units.
The bill authorizes $700 million extra for US Army helicopter buys.
The bill authorized $440 million more for additional UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters, $162 million more for AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, $150 million more for two V-22 Ospreys and $95 million more for one Northrop Grumman-made MQ-4C Triton.
The House approved shipbuilding increases totaling $20.6 billion, $2.3 billion more than the president’s budget.
The House approved an added $79 million to preserve a 10th carrier air wing, which was due to be cut in the president’s budget.
The House authorized $90 million for cruiser-phased modernization, rejecting the president’s plan to lay up more cruisers
The House passed language to raise the cap on the number of Russian rocket engines the Air Force can buy from nine to 18.