On Friday, the House approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 (H.R. 2810), which authorizes activities for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the national security activities of the Department of Energy, in a bipartisan manner (344-81) after reviewing over 200 amendments.
The House rejected an amendment by Representative Scott Perry (PA-4) that would have removed language in the bill relating to military preparation in light of the changing climate. The amendment, which was opposed by all Democrats and almost all of the Republican members of the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus, would have removed language recognizing climate change as a “direct threat” to our national security and would have blocked a Pentagon study into the 20-year impacts of climate change on the military. The bill also calls for the purchase of four additional Navy ships and authorizes the creation of Space Corps, a new Air Force fighting force concentrating wholly on space.