The New Paper

December 14, 2020

Senate passes defense spending and government funding bills

The Senate approved two separate spending bills on Friday, including a defense policy bill and a one-week government funding package. Here’s a summary of the legislation:
  • Defense spending: The Senate approved the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a $740B defense spending and policy bill that includes a wide range of defense-related measures (including a 3% pay raise for US troops). President Trump previously suggested he will veto the legislation if it does not include certain provisions, but both chambers of Congress passed the legislation with greater than the two-thirds majority required to overrule a potential veto.   
  • Government funding: The Senate also approved a one-week government spending measure ahead of a government shutdown deadline on Friday. Negotiations for a more extended government funding package (and additional coronavirus relief) are ongoing. President Trump approved the stopgap spending measure on Friday.

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