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Senate passes National Defense Authorization Act, bill heads to President Biden


The United States Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2023 on Thursday night.

Both houses of Congress passed the bill and it will now head to President Biden’s desk.

United States Capitol Building
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The bill passed by a vote of 83-11, with 60 votes needed for passage.

Among others, the bill would repeal the COVID-19 vaccine for members of the military, but does not reinstate members of the military who were discharged or had benefits reduced for refusing to receive the vaccine.

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A view of apartment buildings destroyed by fighting, in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Sunday, November 13, 2022. Ukraine says it will investigate video footage circulating on Russian social media that Moscow says shows that Ukrainian forces killed Russian troops who may have been trying to surrender, after one of the men apparently refused to put down his gun and opened fire.

A view of apartment buildings destroyed by fighting, in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine, Sunday, November 13, 2022. Ukraine says it will investigate video footage circulating on Russian social media that Moscow says shows that Ukrainian forces killed Russian troops who may have been trying to surrender, after one of the men apparently refused to put down his gun and opened fire.
(AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko, File)

A provision in the defense spending bill would also allow Ukraine to delay payments on the hundreds of billions of dollars it has borrowed from the United States and other countries.

In addition to the delayed payments, the bill also increases funding for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative by $50 billion.

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The US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) is seen during a port call in Manila on September 27, 2022.

The US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli (LHA-7) is seen during a port call in Manila on September 27, 2022.
(Photo by Jam Sta RosaJ/AFP via Getty Images)

The bill also includes funding to support a 2.7 percent pay increase for members of the military and civilians working in the Department of Defense.

This is a developing story.



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