The United States Senate today passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, 86-14.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statements praising Senate passage of the legislation:
“For 60 years, Congress has fulfilled a sacred responsibility to all Americans – especially to our troops and their families – through the National Defense Authorization Act,” Senator Inhofe said. “Right now, the main challenge to our security comes from authoritarian regimes that stand against our values — namely, China and Russia — and this bill stands up for our people and our democratic values.
“The NDAA gives our military the personnel, equipment, training and organization needed to implement the National Defense Strategy and thwart any adversary who would try to do us harm. By fully investing in our military growth and modernization, we're restoring deterrence so no country wants to challenge us. I don't want a fair fight out there, I want to be superior — and this bill does that.
“Furthermore, it sends a message of support to our troops by providing them with a pay raise, giving them the necessary equipment and resources, and caring for their families. I’m pleased the vast majority of my colleagues joined Senator Reed and me in voting for this bill, and now, I look forward to working with the House to get an NDAA enacted for the 60th straight year in a row.”
Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-R.I.) also commented on the bill:
“I salute Chairman Inhofe for his bipartisan leadership. The FY 2021 NDAA strengthens our military and bolsters our capacity to effectively defend America from evolving security challenges. Notably, this bipartisan bill will improve our strategic advantages by investing in integrated technologies and platforms that improve deterrence,” said Senator Reed. “Mindful of new risks, as well as unfolding and unprecedented unemployment and budget challenges, Congress must wisely invest every defense dollar in a cost-effective and forward-looking manner. This bipartisan NDAA is an important step toward that goal. Now we must meet in conference with the House to iron out some differences and develop a unified defense bill that enhances national security and provides our troops with decisive, lasting advantages and powerful, force-multiplying assets.”
The Senate-passed National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 provides for a total of $740.5 billion for national defense programs, including $636.4 billion for the Department of Defense, $25.9 billion for national security programs within the Department of Energy, and $69 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations. Highlights include:
Through various actions on the Senate floor, a total of 145 amendments were adopted, including:
The text of the bill as introduced can be viewed here.
The bill report can be viewed here.
An executive summary of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 can be found here.