07.23.20

Burr Votes in Support of Bipartisan Defense Bill

The Senate-passed NDAA protects American interests, includes Intelligence Authorization Act

Today, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021, the 60th consecutive year the Senate has passed the annual defense funding bill. This bipartisan legislation includes the Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Year 2021, which authorizes funding for the Intelligence Community, protects American national security interests, and enhances Congressional oversight.

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), who voted in favor of the NDAA, applauded the Senate’s passage:

“It’s critical, now more than ever, that we give our military the resources and clear guidance it needs to deter aggression from our adversaries,” said Senator Burr. “This bipartisan bill will do just that by continuing our efforts to rebuild and modernize our Armed Forces, supporting the important work of our Intelligence Community, and protecting America’s interests in an increasingly challenging time. The NDAA also prioritizes military families, many of which call North Carolina home.

“I am pleased that the intelligence authorization bill is included in this year’s NDAA. The IAA will deter foreign threats, build a strong and capable workforce, secure our elections, and ensure proper Congressional oversight. I applaud the Senate’s passage of this legislation so that both our service members and Intelligence Community have the tools to continue to protect and defend our nation.”

Background:

The NDAA for Fiscal Year 2021 passed the Senate by a vote of 86-14. Specifically, the NDAA:

  • Provides $740.5 billion for the national defense, which includes $215.8 million in military construction projects in North Carolina.
  • Reinforces and accelerates the implementation of the National Defense Strategy, which prioritizes the modernization and rebuilding of American Armed Forces;
  • Establishes the Pacific Deterrence Initiative to send a strong signal to China that America is deeply committed to defending its interests in the Indo-Pacific;
  • Prioritizes the men and women in uniform and their families by providing a three percent pay raise to troops, ensuring high-quality and accessible child care, advocating for military spouses’ employment, and reemphasizing the focus on training to ensure service members can conduct missions safely;
  • Restores, maintains, and expands our comparative advantage over China and Russia by directing investments and implementing policies for key capabilities and technologies.

The IAA for Fiscal Year 2021, which was included in the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2021, builds upon last year’s passage of the Damen Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018, 2019, and 2020. Specifically, the IAA for Fiscal Year 2021:

  • Deters aggression from Russia and other adversaries by increasing the United States’ ability to identify corruption, influence operations, information suppression, and other illegal activities;
  • Protects our elections from foreign influence threats and election interference on social media platforms;
  • Confronts adversaries’ attempts to compromise telecommunications and cyber security technology;
  • Develops and deploys secure 5G networks;
  • Requires the publication of guidelines for granting, denying, and revoking security clearances.

The IAA was approved by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on June 3, 2020 by a vote of 14-1.