After some debate and controversy, the Senate passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which appropriates the Department of Defense’s budget, in a stop-gap spending measure. Both the House and Senate approved the annual legislation with bipartisan support, after President Trump threatened to veto the package, with a substantial majority. If the president were to follow through on his threat, Congress has a veto-proof majority supporting the NDAA. The prospect of additional COVID relief looms as negotiations continue to stall.
A) The Senate has aligned with the House, approving a one-week, stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown tonight. The Senate approved the plan by voice vote. That’s where those in favor shout “aye.” Those opposed holler “nay.” The loudest side is supposed to prevail.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 11, 2020
C) The additional hope is for the sides to forge an accord on a COVID aid package and tack that on to the omnibus next week.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 11, 2020
After the one-week spending bill passes...see you next week for the next shutdown deadline— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) December 11, 2020
House overwhelmingly passed NDAA earlier this week. Bill now goes to Trumps desk. https://t.co/H41hs52jgb— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) December 11, 2020
Senate easily cleared the NDAA procedural hurdle, 84-13. This is with trump threatening to veto.— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) December 11, 2020
GOP Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) threatened the legislation, but Senate Republicans celebrated the annual authorization passing with bipartisan support, even with the president's opposition.
? PASSED: The 60th annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has passed the Senate.— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) December 11, 2020
This bipartisan legislation is crucial to keeping our military strong and our homeland safe.
The Senate just passed the National Defense Authorization Act. This annual bill will unlock the training, tools, and cutting-edge equipment that our servicemembers and civilian employees need as they bravely defend American lives and American interests. pic.twitter.com/iaAEbtxoAt— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) December 11, 2020
The package now heads to President Trump's desk.