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Reps. Adam Smith, Mac Thornberry Announce Bicameral Agreement Over FY 2021 NDAA

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., and Ranking Member Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, issued a joint statement Wednesday saying both chambers of Congress have reached agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021. 

Smith and Thornberry said the FY 2021 NDAA authorizes $8.4B in funds in support of military construction projects, proposes reforms to the Department of Defense and includes provisions on cybersecurity and artificial intelligence and tools to deter Russia and China.

“This year we have toiled through almost 2,200 provisions to reach compromise on important issues affecting our national security and our military. Nearly half of the Members of the House have contributed provisions to this measure,” the statement reads.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said a repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act will not be included in the final measure. 

Inhofe’s statement came after President Donald Trump said in a tweet Tuesday that he would veto the bill if Section 230 is included in the NDAA.

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