Today the House narrowly approved the must-pass defense policy bill.
Republicans rammed through a series of conservative policy amendments on abortion, diversity, equity and inclusion programs, and gender transition procedures.
The annual National Defense Authorization Act, which sets policy for the Defense Department, cleared the House in a near-party-line vote, 219-210.
According to CBS News,
Republicans won the changes they sought, albeit narrowly. Now included in the defense package is a provision prohibiting the Defense Department from paying or reimbursing expenses related to abortion services.
An amendment denying healthcare coverage for sex reassignment surgeries and hormone treatments for transgender service members was passed narrowly, as was a measure eliminating the Pentagon’s offices of diversity, equity and inclusion, and their personnel.
A proposal from Rep. Lauren Boebert barring a Defense Department agency that operates its schools from buying books that contain “pornographic material” or espouse “radical gender ideology” will also be attached to the defense policy bill.
The NDAA typically has wide bipartisan support and has passed Congress each year for more than six decades, that is until 2023 when the radical right used culture wars to distract and divide the country.
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