Jul 23 2020
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement on the Senate’s passage of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 86 -14:
“Senate passage of this important national security measure is a vital step in providing for our men and women in uniform,” said Senator Shelby. “With continued emerging threats, it is critical that we prioritize a strong national defense. I am proud my colleagues and I were able to advance this measure. I look forward to the upcoming work on the Appropriations Committee to secure funding for our nation’s defense and ensure our military remains the strongest in the world.”
The NDAA authorizes a total of $740.5 billion for national defense priorities and supports $8.15 billion for military construction projects. The measure builds on the last two NDAA bills to reinforce and accelerate the implementation of our national defense strategy, prioritize regaining our military advantage, and further improve the Pentagon’s business strategy. The 2020 NDAA focuses on leading technologies such as hypersonics and biotechnology, allowing our nation to remain competitive around the world. The measure also authorizes additional care for our troops, as it includes the requested three percent pay raise, highlights essential training, and promotes opportunities for military families.
Following the Senate’s passage of the NDAA, the measure will need to be reconciled with the House of Representatives before it goes to the President’s desk for his signature. The Senate Appropriations Committee is responsible for authoring and advancing legislation to fund the nation’s defense operations.