Biden signs significant defence spending bill including the USA- Greece Interparliamentary Partners Act

Biden signs significant defence spending bill including the USA- Greece Interparliamentary Partners Act 1

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law Monday, authorizing $768.2 billion in military spending, including a 2.7% pay raise for service members, for 2022.

The NDAA authorizes a 5% increase in military spending, and is the product of intense negotiations between Democrats and Republicans over issues ranging from reforms of the military justice system to COVID-19 vaccine requirements for soldiers.

Republicans, meanwhile, touted success in blocking an effort to add women to the draft, as well as the inclusion of a provision that bars dishonorable discharges for service members who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine

In his statement, the president also outlined a number of provisions his administration opposes over what he characterized as “constitutional concerns or questions of construction.”

It also includes $300 million for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, a show of support in the face of Russian aggression, as well as $4 billion for the European Defense Initiative

Senator Bob Menendez and Senator Rubio and the US Congress had pushed the act through Congress last week and had named it “US-Greece Defence & Inter-Parliamentary Partnership Act.”