Defense bill not expected today

By Tony Bertuca / December 2, 2022 at 11:52 AM

Lawmakers no longer expect to file a compromise version of the fiscal year 2023 defense authorization bill today, according to lawmakers and staffers.

The annual policy bill would, among a host of other things, authorize a total of $847 billion that is aligned with an overall national defense topline of $858 billion, with the difference being accounted for by defense-related spending in other legislation that is not under the bill’s jurisdiction. President Biden, meanwhile, has requested $813 billion.

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said on the House floor this morning that the bill is "not ready for filing because there's still some outstanding issues."

Staffers said the bill could be filed as early as Monday.