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House panel OKs defense bill with pay raise for military, more funds for Rome Lab

Posted 6/24/22

The House Armed Services Committee has approved a nearly $850 billion defense budget for 2023 by a 57-1 bipartisan vote.

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House panel OKs defense bill with pay raise for military, more funds for Rome Lab

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Armed Services Committee has approved a nearly $850 billion defense budget for 2023 by a 57-1 bipartisan vote.

The bill includes a pay raise for troops, according to Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-21, Schuylerville, a senior member of the committee, who voted to advance the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023.

Stefanik said provisions in the NDAA invest in emerging technologies, secure supply chains of critical components for the country’s military platforms, and ensures military readiness to meet the nation’s security needs.

Stefanik said the committee’s approved bill would include support for the Air Force Research Laboratory at Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, including:

  • $10 million for Quantum Cloud Computing testbed at Rome Lab;
  • $10 million for artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) testbed for Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2);
  • $5 million to build an Ion Trap Quantum Computer at Rome Lab; and 
  • Funding for a trusted DoD/Federal UAS Traffic Management system at Rome Lab.

Stefanik said the legislation also has a number of provisions to support Fort Drum, the 10th Mountain Division, and military families and:

  • Authorizes a 4.6% pay raise for service members, plus an additional $800 million for a 2.4% inflationary pay bonus for junior, enlisted personnel;
  • Establishes more child care options by directing the Department of Defense (DoD) to develop a program to provide credits for child care providers, including at Fort Drum;
  • Expands in-home child care fee assistance pilot program; and
  • Strengthening Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division with several provisions that increase funding, including $10 million for short rage reconnaissance drone procurement and requires an updated assessment for an East Coast Missile Defense site at Fort Drum and a funding profile for its establishment; prioritizes the 10th Mountain Division for the latest arctic gear; $197 million the procurement of additional CH-47 helicopters.

Now, the House version of the NDAA will be reconciled with the Senate-passed version in a Conference Committee. The final version will be voted on by both chambers of Congress before it is sent to the president to be signed into law.

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