House-passed NDAA rejects administration proposals

The House passed defense authorization legislation that rejected a number of hot-button measures proposed by the administration, according to Government Executive.

Among the measures missing from the fiscal 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed May 22 on a bipartisan 325-98, are the administration’s proposed changes to the Tricare health care program, including new annual enrollment fees for Medicare-eligible retirees.

Also missing was the administration’s proposal to implement another round of base realignment and closures (BRAC). Additionally, House lawmakers rejected any cuts to military commissaries; allowed a 1.8 percent military pay increase to go forward, as opposed to the president's proposed 1 percent boost; and raised the military basic housing allowance by 5 percent, compared to the administration's proposed 4.2 percent. However, the bill did include the president's proposed freeze on officer pay, the article notes.

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