National Defense Authorization Act: A sampling of what's in the bill
By Published: April 30, 2015
A key piece of the annual defense budget, called the National Defense Authorization Act, will now head to the House floor following a predawn committee vote Thursday. Here are some measures including in the bill:
-- Overhauls the military retirement system by reducing 20-year pension payouts and giving 401(k)-style matching contributions to all servicemembers throughout their careers.
-- Clears the way for a 2.3 percent pay raise for troops, instead of a White House and Defense Department proposal to cap raises at half that.
-- Reverses DOD cuts to per diem payments for civilians on temporary duty assignments.
-- Prohibits a new round of military base realignments and closures.
-- Threatens to slash the defense secretary’s budget if the DOD does not turn over unredacted documents related to the release of five Taliban prisoners in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
-- Bars the closure of the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
-- Allows transgender veterans to update discharge papers with their new identity, so they do not have to disclose they switched genders when proving their service.