Senate passes NDAA, removes section on national security space launch

July 24, 2020

Space News

The Senate on July 23 passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 by a vote of 86 to 14.

The NDAA authorizes $740.5 billion for national defense programs, including $636.4 billion for the Department of Defense, $25.9 billion for Department of Energy national security programs $69 billion for war operations.

The House approvedĀ its version of the NDAA on July 21. Differences between the House and Senate versions will be negotiated in a conference to be scheduled some time this fall.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said in a statement that the biggest national security challenges for the United States today are China and Russia.

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