Final Version of FY2018 NDAA Released

Final Version of FY2018 NDAA Released

Senate and House negotiators agreed on a $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA-H.R.2810) for FY2018. Although the actual text of the final bill was not available at the time Newsbytes went to press, the FRA was informed the final bill includes:

 

• Keeping a grandfather clause to shield current retirees younger than 65 from an additional TRICARE fee increase (Senate NDAA repealed grandfather clause)

• Imposing a pharmacy co-pay for retirees younger than 65 to pay for eliminating the expiration date (May 2018) for the Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA) for military widows

• Increasing pay (larger than requested) for troops by 2.4 percent

• Boosting military end strength by more than 20,000 service members (4,000 Navy & 1,000 Marines)

• Mandating all Reserve Component members who are mobilized will receive premobilization and transitional health care

• Providing additional measures to protect victims of sexual assault including prosecution of perpetrators of non-consensual sharing of intimate images

• Allowing reimbursement up to $500 for a spouse’s expenses related to obtaining an occupational license or certification in another state

 

The bill now goes before both chambers for a final vote. The final votes are expected before the Thanksgiving Day recess. If passed by both chambers, the bill will be sent to the President to sign it into law or veto. The compromise bill does surpass the (sequestration) budget cap of $549 billion for defense spending and will require additional congressional action to be enacted.  Members are encouraged to go to the FRA Action Center and ask their legislators to exclude Defense spending from sequestration.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed within this article are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of FRA.

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