Thornberry Defense Bill

Thornberry Defense Bill

U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry announced Thursday that the House Armed Services Committee approved the National Defense Authorization Act for next year.

The measure was approved by a 59-2 sweep.

The legislation will include more than $550-billion in budget authority for the Departments of Defense and Energy.  It also gives a 1.8% across the board in pay raise for all members of the armed forces in 2014.

This is higher than the 1% pay raise found on the President's budget proposal.

Important reforms to combat sexual assault in the military are also included in the defense authorization bill.

Thornberry said the Full House is scheduled to consider the bill next week.