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Defense Bill Approved by Congress Still in Limbo

December 18, 2020

Episode Notes:

Last week, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. The legislation was approved by the House and Senate with sizable majorities. This is important, because President Donald Trump has threatened to veto the bill because it creates a commission to study renaming bases named after Confederate soldiers, does not undo legal protections for social media companies, and imposes requirements on the Defense Department before it can withdraw troops from Germany. Congress can override a veto, should Trump follow through on his threat, with two-thirds support from each house of Congress. However, some Republicans may be unwilling to override a veto from Trump, should it come to that, potentially jeopardizing a bill that has passed Congress for 59 straight years.

Matt Vallone — Director of Research & Analysis at Avascent and former legislative director for Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter — joins the WarCast to discuss what’s in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (or NDAA) and what to make of the politics surrounding its final approval.

[ 01:25 ] Key takeaways

[ 02:44 ] What does this mean for the military and defense industry

[ 05:40 ] Next steps in the legislative process

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