The House of Representatives on Friday narrowly passed the annual defense policy bill, as most Democrats opposed the legislation that Republicans championed as a way to roll back the Biden administration’s “woke” Pentagon policies.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), normally a bipartisan bill, passed in a 219-210 vote after just four Democrats voted “yes,” matching the four Republicans who voted against it.

Most Democrats rejected the bill due to controversial amendments that would curb the Pentagon’s abortion travel reimbursement policy, transgender medical care and diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) programs throughout the military.

Democrats have accused House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., of pandering to the most conservative Republicans with amendments that they say are more about the “culture war” than about military readiness. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said Friday on the House floor that such amendments would only make the current military recruitment crisis worse.

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy shepherded the National Defense Authorization Act over the finish line with barely any Democratic support.

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and his two deputies released a statement late Thursday announcing they were opposed to the bill and accusing Republicans of having “chosen to hijack the historically bipartisan” bill.

“House Republicans have turned what should be a meaningful investment in our men and women in uniform into an extreme and reckless legislative

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