House Passes Compromise FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act

House Passes Compromise FY2014 National Defense Authorization Act

The House passed the compromise version of the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) today.  The chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees announced agreement earlier this week, but whether the House and Senate would back the compromise remained an open question.

House Armed Services Committee (HASC) chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) called the House action today a “tremendous achievement for the 113th Congress.”  Indeed, just a week ago concerns were rampant that this might be the first time in 51 years that Congress would not be able to pass an NDAA.

On Monday, however, McKeon and his Senate counterpart Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) announced that they, at least, reached agreement.  Considering the tight time schedule as 2013 draws to a close, the only way to get it passed was for the House and Senate to agree to it without amendment.   The House took that step today in a 350-69 vote. 

The Senate is expected to take up the bill next week. 

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