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Senate Passes NDAA, Setting up Negotiations With House

JUL 31, 2023
Will Thomas
Spencer R. Weart Director of Research in History, Policy, and Culture
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Seal in the hearing room of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

(U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alexander Kubitza / DOD)

The Senate passed its version of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act on July 27 on an 86-11 vote, clearing the way for lawmakers to integrate it with the House-passed version this fall. Amendments adopted during floor debate last week include ones that would:

Any provisions from either the House or Senate bill could be dropped or altered during the final negotiations.

Among provisions in the Senate version that the White House objects to is a requirement that the Defense Department work with the National Security Agency to set criteria for what microelectronics the department can acquire. The White House states the requirement would “severely disrupt” the department’s programs for acquiring commercial components.

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