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Congress Passes Defense Policy Bill with Budget Boost, Military Justice Reforms

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Summarized by the Alliance for Fort Gordon
Published December 20, 2021

After months of debate and weeks of angst, the Senate on Wednesday voted 88-11 to finalize plans for a $740 billion authorization bill for the Department of Defense, sending the sweeping military policy measure to the White House for the 61st consecutive year.

The move codifies the annual 2.7% pay raise for troops in 2022, backs $25 billion more in military spending for fiscal 2022 than the White House requested and overhauls how certain sexual misconduct crimes are prosecuted under military rules.

But what the bill doesn’t include has gotten more attention than what it does.

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