The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) will hold its full committee mark-up for the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on September 1, pushing back the annual process due to the delayed submission of the president’s budget request.
The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday also announced plans to have its defense and homeland security subcommittees mark-up their bills on June 30, before the full committee considers those marks on July 13.
Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the HASC chairman, had been vocal in urging the White House to deliver its budget request by mid-May, previously saying he doubts Congress would forgo its August recess and predicting that the delay would almost certainly lead to starting the next fiscal year under a continuing resolution (Defense Daily, April 22).
The White House eventually released its full FY ‘22 budget request, including $715 million for the Pentagon, on May 28 (Defense Daily, May 28).
HASC’s subcommittees will hold their individual mark-ups prior to the August recess, with the Strategic Forces, Seapower and Military Personnel panels meeting on July 28 and the Tactical Air and Land Forces, Readiness and Intelligence and Special Operations panels meeting on July 29.
Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced in late April the committee’s NDAA mark-up would be pushed back until July due to “uncertainty of the timing of the president’s budget submission” (Defense Daily, April 29).