Senate Passes $740.5B FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act

The Senate on Friday passed in a 84-13 vote a bill that would authorize $740.5B in defense funds for fiscal year 2021, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

The upper chamber’s vote sends the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature.

The Senate vote, which exceeds the two-thirds majority that would be required to override a possible veto by the president, came days after the House voted 335-78 to approve the NDAA, which allocates funds for military construction projects, ships, nuclear weapons, aircraft and other national security initiatives and establishes pay rates for warfighters.

The White House said in a statement Tuesday that it strongly opposes the measure because it "fails to include critical national-security measures, includes provisions that fail to respect our veterans and our military’s history, and contradicts efforts by this Administration to put America first in our national-security and foreign-policy actions."

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