NDAA Passes House

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved the National Defense Authorization Act with a vote of 270 to 156, sending the funding bill to the Senate. Lawmakers came to an agreement on the $612 billion bill Tuesday afternoon. It blocks the Air Force’s plans to retire the A-10, sets aircraft minimums for the service, and restricts the retirement of the EC-130H Compass Call, KC-10 tanker, E-8 JSTARS, and E-3 AWACS. The legislation also makes sweeping changes to the acquisition process. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said the bill “provides the resources our troops need for a strong national defense and does so in a fiscally responsible way.” The White House has said President Barack Obama will veto the bill, which Thornberry said would be “irresponsible … especially while the Taliban is retaking Afghan cities, ISIS is marching across the Middle East, and Russia is on the ground in Ukraine and now in Syria.”