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Update on the FY23 NDAA

Last week, the Senate formally started debate on the defense authorization bill, which includes the Taiwan Policy Act, reauthorizations of State Department, Coast Guard, Maritime Administration, and intelligence programs, the Water Resources Development Act, measures from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and legislation to improve ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes science to support conservation, restoration, and resilience.  Full senate debate on the bill will take place once senators return on November 13th.  Senators filed more than 960 amendments to the bill, and often only a couple hundred make it into the manager’s package, with a handful receiving standalone votes on the floor. Committee staff members have been carrying out informal negotiations with the House to speed up adoption of a bicameral compromise bill after the election.