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Lawmaker provides rundown on defense authorization bill

Those looking for a quick rundown on the National Defense Authorization Act as passed by the House Armed Services Committee can find a basic details on its contents on a Virginia congressman’s website.

Those looking for a quick rundown on the National Defense Authorization Act as passed by the House Armed Services Committee can find a basic details on its contents on a Virginia congressman’s website.

Beyond all the procurement authorizations, the bill includes a number of measures directly affecting federal employees and military service members. As the outline on the website of committee member Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R) notes, the bill:

• Rejects attempts to arbitrarily cut the size of the Defense Department's civilian workforce by more than 118,000 people.

• Prevents the administration from ending the homeland aerospace defense mission

• Prevents use of federal military facilities for same sex marriage ceremonies, consistent with the Defense of Marriage Act.

• Rejects administration proposals to increase some Tricare fees and establish other new Tricare fees.

• Authorizes a 1.7 percent pay increase for military service members.

• Caps the number of troops that can be separated from the force in a single year.

Readers can get a more comprehensive look at the details of the bill on the committee's website.

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