Dec 11 2020
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its subcommittee on defense, today released the following statement regarding Senate passage of the Conference Report to accompany H.R. 6395, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21). Following passage in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, the authorizing legislation will now move to the President’s desk for his signature.
“In our world today, a robust national security is of the utmost importance. This legislation works to provide just that – protection for our country and care for our troops. The NDAA is a vital step in the process of funding America’s defense,” said Senator Shelby. “By passing this bill – the 60th annual NDAA – the Senate is sending a strong message to our adversaries around the globe that we will remain the most powerful force in the world. Over the last four years, President Trump has worked to rebuild and modernize our Armed Forces. I am pleased we are on the path to continue that process and look forward to securing funding for the Department of Defense through our FY21 appropriations bills.”
The FY21 NDAA Conference Report, which passed by a vote of 84–13, authorizes a total of $740.5 billion for national defense priorities. The legislation unlocks a 3 percent pay raise for members of the Armed Forces for the second year in a row, accelerates the innovation of key capabilities and technologies, and encourages investments in the next generation of ships, planes, tanks, and weapons.