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Annual legislation now moves to President Biden’s desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) voted to pass the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023. The 62nd annual NDAA supports a total of $847.3 billion in funding, authorizing $816.7 billion for the Department of Defense (DOD) and $30.3 billion for national security programs within the Department of Energy (DOE). This version differs from the NDAA passed in the House in July, and now goes to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.

This year’s bipartisan and bicameral agreement focuses on the most vital national security priorities for the United States, including strategic competition with China and Russia; artificial intelligence, 5G, and quantum computing; modernizing our ships, aircraft, and vehicles; and improving the lives of our servicemembers and their families. The FY 2023 NDAA is part of a broader legislative package including reauthorizations for the State Department, the Coast Guard, and the Water Resources Development Act. Working with the City of San Diego, Rep. Peters secured language in the Water Resources Development Act to modify the San Diego River and Mission Bay Improvement Project to change the capacity of the levee based on sea level rise.

“This bill addresses critical priorities and will advance our national security and support San Diego’s enduring role in our national defense,” said Rep Peters. “For 62 years, this annual agreement has allowed us to keep up with the challenges of today. For FY 2023, this means continuing pay raises for servicemembers, investing in critical military construction in San Diego, and providing the Department of Defense greater authority to increase housing opportunities in high-cost areas like San Diego, among many other provisions.”   

The FY 2023 NDAA contains various provisions that directly benefits San Diego’s defense sector including:

  • A requirement for the Coast Guard to study the challenges confronting Coast Guard Sector San Diego, and identify the technology and financial resources needed to address any gaps in the Sector’s maritime awareness. (Congressman Peters included this provision in the Coast Guard Authorization Act included in this legislation)
  • A Requirement for the Navy to conduct an analysis for the government-owned graving dock at Naval Base San Diego to help the service better understand how it impacts the local shipbuilding and repair industry.
  • $94.8 million for military construction at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.
  • $151.3 million for military construction at Naval Base San Diego.
    • $9 million for military construction of the Floating Dry Dock Mooring Facility at Naval Base San Diego.
    • $15.5 million for Pier 6 Replacement at Naval Base San Diego.
  • $70 million for water and wastewater infrastructure in San Diego County.

FY 2023 NDAA includes other key improvements to servicemembers’ quality of life and national security priorities including:

  • A 4.6 percent pay raise for military servicemembers and the DoD civilian workforce.
  • Access to quality housing including an adjustment to the basic allowance for housing (BAH) in high-cost areas and DOD coordination to address housing shortages.
  • A pilot program to hire special education inclusion coordinators at Child Development Centers (CDC) with a high population of military children enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program and at the CDC.
  • Funding for three MQ-4 Triton unmanned aerial systems. The Triton is manufactured in San Diego.
  • A $70 million increase for impact aid used to help communities mitigate expenses incurred by local school systems to teach children from military families.
  • $32.6 billion for Navy shipbuilding, which includes the procurement of 11 battle force ships.