Republican Score Big Win With Defense Bill

Conservatives have earned some big wins during the annual defense bill this year, according to the House Armed Services Committee.

In a memo that was sent to GOP lawmakers this week, the committee stressed these wins as a way to unite the caucus around the legislation, which was negotiated on a bipartisan basis.
The full text of the bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act, was released Wednesday after long negotiations took place between Republicans in the House and Democrats in the Senate.

On Thursday, the committee sent a much smaller document that included talking points to House Republicans, in anticipation of a full House vote on the matter expected to take place next week.
According to the document – which Fox News Digital obtained a copy of – the compromise NDAA includes many key Republican victories on some issues such as “woke ideology” and COVID-19 vaccines.
As the memo reads:

“The FY24 NDAA pushes back against the radical woke ideology being forced on our servicemen and women and restores the focus of our military on lethality.”

The memo encourage GOP legislators to focus on how the NDAA would prevent any funding from going toward teaching the military Critical Race Theory. Funds would also be banned from going toward drag shows.

The NDAA also puts a freeze on hiring for roles related to DEI – or diversity, equity and inclusion – at the Pentagon before an investigation being conducted by a watchdog organization into the DEI practices of the Department of Defense concludes.

In addition, Republicans were urged to highlight that the NDAA includes nary a climate policy goal that President Joe Biden has.

According to the NDAA, the Pentagon is being forced to review policies for discharging troops if they decide not to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The memo points out that any military member who is discharged for not getting the shot has to be educated on how they could return to active duty in the future if they wanted to.

And, any member who was discharged for not getting vaccinated would still qualify for full retirement benefits.

As the memo reads:

“The FY24 NDAA protects current servicemembers and provides a path back to service for the 8,000 servicemembers discharged for failing to take the COVID-19 vaccine.”

On national security, the negotiated NDAA will include aid for Israel as it continues to fight terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip. There are also plenty of initiatives included in it that would deter the influence of the Chinese Communist Party both domestically and internationally.

On Thursday, the Senate advanced the NDAA by an overwhelming 82-15 vote. The next step in the process is for the full Senate to take a formal vote on the NDAA, which is expected to happen next week.

Assuming it passes in the upper chamber, the House would then take it up afterward. And, if it passes – as is expected – the final step before it becomes law would be a signature from Biden.