On Thursday, the Senate reportedly approved its own version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) without including a provision to stop the Pentagon from supporting abortion-related travel, setting up a potential conflict with the House.
Republicans and Democrats alike supported the NDAA in large numbers in the Senate, where it was approved 86-11.
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), J.D. Vance (R-OH), and Mike Braun (R-IN) were among the Republicans who opposed the plan.
Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) amendment to let troops who were dismissed or left the military due to the COVID vaccination was unsuccessful, but his amendment to forbid China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea from purchasing American lands was approved.
A proposal to forbid the sale of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to China, North Korea, Iran, and Russia was also included by the Senate.
Paul offered an amendment that would have made it clear that Congress is the only body with the right to declare war, but it was lost 86–13.
The Pentagon’s ability to provide funding for military women to travel for abortions if they are in states with pro-life provisions has been taken away by the House Republicans, according to Democrats and the media, who allege this politicized the legislation.