WASHINGTON — The 2014 version of the National Defense Authorization Act will hit the Senate floor as early as Wednesday and more definitely by the end of this week, an aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Tuesday.
The NDAA, which authorizes military pay and benefits as well as some policies, already passed the Senate Armed Services Committee on a 23-3 vote on June 14. The House already passed the 2014 NDAA by a vote of 315-108 on the same day.
The 2014 NDAA authorizes a one percent pay raise for all members of the uniformed services, which is consistent with President Barack Obama's budget request. It also authorizes active duty end strengths of 520,000 for the Army, 323,600 for the Navy, 190,200 for the Marine Corps and 327,600 for the Air Force. Those numbers could change next year, depending on whether the forced federal spending cuts known as sequestration continue.
Speaking himself on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon, Reid said he planned to pass the NDAA before the Senate adjourns for its Thanksgiving recess next Friday, Nov. 22.
"I put all Senators on notice: we will do whatever it takes to accomplish that, even if it means working weekends," Reid said.
Reid also warned that he would not tolerate "extraneous issues" that are unrelated to national defense.
"This measure ensures the safety of this nation and its dedicated service members, and it is more important than any one senator or any one senator’s parochial or political pet issues," Reid said.