Posted BY: Mike Feuz
On Friday, President Joe Biden signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2023 into law. Conservative lawmakers like Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) — for whom the bill was formally named — and liberal lawmakers like Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) overwhelmingly supported it in the House and the Senate.
The bill has much to like. A summary provided by the aforementioned senators shows that it provides for the financial needs of servicemembers through pay raises and limited increased housing allowances and increases security cooperation with Taiwan to deter China. It also includes a hard-won victory by social conservatives to repeal the absurd and harmful COVID-19 vaccine mandate. And The Heritage Foundation, known for its fiscal conservatism and its foreign policy hawkishness, praised the bill for being relatively focused on defense instead of unrelated political goodies and for removing gender identity language.
But as is normal when considering monstrous bills that come out of D.C., the good in the law may be outweighed by the bad, including but not limited to the following: