Pres. Joe Biden is about the sign two big bills namely the National Defense Authorization Act and Big Cat Public Safety Act.
National Defense Authorization Act
Two bills are now on their way to Biden’s table for his signature before the 117th Congress adjourns on January 3, 2023. One is the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023, which was approved by the Senate on December 15.
With 83 votes in favor and 11 against, the NDAA was approved. Republicans cast five no votes, all of which were from the following:
- Senator Mike Braun of Indiana
- Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri
- Senator Mike Lee of Utah
- Senator Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming
- Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky
Six no votes from Democrats were the following:
- Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey
- Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts
- Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon
- Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont
- Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
- Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon
The entire cost of the legislation is $847 billion, of which $30 billion will go to the Energy Department and $816 billion to the Department of Defense. The plan also includes a 4.6% pay increase for service soldiers and civilian Department of Defense employees.
Big Cat Public Safety Act
The Senate approved the Big Cat Public Safety Act, which outlaws the possession of large cats including lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, and cheetahs, according to an article in Newsbreak.
This legislation will limit public interaction with large cats at roadside zoos as well as big cat ownership and display in the United States.
In order for first responders and animal control authorities to be informed of any large cats in the neighborhood, this rule would compel all existing owners of big cats to register their pets. Animal sanctuaries, zoos, and academic institutions will be excluded from this requirement.