Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jul 28, 2023 / 12:11 pm
The Senate passed its version of the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Thursday night without the amendments blocking the military’s spending on abortion and transgender surgeries that were passed by the Republican-controlled House.
The vote sets up a standoff between the Senate and House as they try to hammer out a compromise version of the normally noncontroversial legislation.
The $886 billion spending package, which sets the military’s budget for the next year, passed in a largely bipartisan 86-11 vote. According to reporting by The Hill, the bill was opposed by six Democrats and four Republicans.
Though many pro-life senators, such as Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, oppose the military’s program that grants paid leave and reimburses service members for abortion travel costs, ultimately there was no vote on the pro-life amendments in the Senate.