The House of Representatives approved the National Defense Authorization Act last Friday by a vote of 269-151 on a mostly party line vote. Disputes regarding how the bill worked around strict spending limits imposed by the Budget Control Act caused many Democrats to vote against H.R. 1735, including Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA).
This bill sets policy and program spending limits for the Department of Defense and the nuclear weapons programs of the Department of Energy. Actual funding is provided by appropriations bills.