The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has passed the Senate for the 60th year. NDAA received a veto-proof majority of 84-13. This comes after the House of Representatives had, earlier last week, passed the bill by a 335-78 margin. NDAA 2021 will allocate a $740 billion budget to the Pentagon.
The Act will limit the president’s ability to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, South Korea, and Germany in the closing days of his presidency.
Regarding the Afghanistan withdrawal, the NDAA requires the Trump administration to submit a detailed report to Congress before withdrawing U.S. troops from the country. The troop withdrawal had been agreed as part of the U.S.-Taliban deal. NDAA also requires the incoming Biden administration to report on the Taliban’s compliance with the deal.
One of the bill’s bigger portions is over the renaming of military bases named after Confederate generals.