12.11.20

Senate Passes Annual Defense Funding Bill for 60th Consecutive Year

Today, the Senate passed the Conference Agreement to the William M. “Mac” Thornberry National Defense Reauthorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation, which has been passed for 60 consecutive years, protects American national security interests, enhances Congressional oversight, and prioritizes service members and their families.

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

“Providing a strong national defense is one of the most important responsibilities Congress has,” said Senator Burr. “This year’s defense spending bill is as important as ever. As we continue to counter aggression from our adversaries and face the unprecedented challenges of a global pandemic, our service members need the right resources and strategic direction to continue protecting American interests. This bipartisan legislation provides that by rebuilding and modernizing our Armed Forces, enhancing our competitive edge against China and Russia, and prioritizing the needs of military families.

“I’m pleased to support this critical funding bill. By strengthening our national defense now, we ensure that American national security interests are protected for years to come.”

Background: 

The Conference Agreement for the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2021 passed the Senate by a vote of 84-13. The summary of the bill can be found here and the full text of the agreement can be found here. Specifically, the NDAA:

  • Provides $740.5 billon for national defense, which includes $215.8 million in military construction projects in North Carolina;
  • Ensures service members have adequate diagnostic equipment, testing capabilities, and personal protective equipment to support overall readiness across the nation in light of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • 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;
  • Reinforces and accelerates the implementation of the National Defense Strategy, which prioritizes the modernization and rebuilding of American Armed Forces;
  • Secures U.S. supply chain from overreliance on foreign countries, including adversaries.

The House of Representatives passed the NDAA Conference Agreement on December 8, 2020 by a vote of 335-78.