Washington, D.C. – A provision within the 2017 National Defense Authorization could advance Special Operations Command’s steady march towards independence from the geographical combatant commands.

The House of Representatives on Dec. 2 overwhelmingly approved by a vote of 375-34 the $619 billion measure, which contains a provision to reorganize SOCOM and provide its assistant secretary with increased powers to oversee its activities. The Senate is expected to consider it next week. The two-thirds majority is also enough to override any presidential veto.

Under its report for the fiscal year 2017 NDAA, Congress would empower the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict (SOLIC) with supervision of policy, planning, and execution of all special operations activities.

Those activities include irregular warfare and combating terrorism as well as for integrating special operations with other Pentagon activities.