The Senate passed the fiscal year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), S. 1605, by a vote of 88-11 on Dec. 15, sending the bill to President Joe Biden to sign into law. The NDAA provides authorization for defense spending and policies for this fiscal year.
The FY 2022 NDAA previously passed the House on Dec. 9 by a vote of 363-70 [refer to Washington Highlights, Dec. 10]. The final bill included an AAMC-supported provision that would prevent the Department of Defense (DOD) from realigning or reducing military medical personnel within one year of the bill’s enactment, as well as other provisions related to changes to military medical personnel.
Congress is expected to restart negotiations on FY 2022 appropriations bills in the new year, which will be required to provide the funds authorized in the newly-passed NDAA. The federal government is currently funded at FY 2021 levels until Feb. 18, 2022 [refer to Washington Highlights, Dec. 3].