House Armed Services Committee Starts Legislative Process for Fiscal 2021 Defense Bill

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Leaders of the House Armed Services Committee have commenced the process of crafting legislation to authorize Department of Defense appropriations for the next fiscal year.

HASC Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., introduced the “by request” version of the panel’s 2021 National Defense Authorization Act with ranking member Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, to formally start the legislative procedure for the H.R. 6395 bill, the committee said Friday.

The bill initially contains legislative proposals from DoD and will be updated when HASC members take up the legislation.

Panel members intend to discuss legislation content and complete their FY21 NDAA version while adhering to safety protocols during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 NDAA, which President Trump approved in December, provides $658.4B for base DoD spending and another $71.5B for the department’s overseas contingency operations account.