"This NDAA strengthens our national defense and promotes a variety of issues of critical importance", Garamendi said in a statement. The House passed a version of the bill in July, and negotiators spent the last several months working out details and making concessions.
Another highlight of the NDAA for 2020 is money allocated towards President Trump's "Space Force".
The final bill removed a series of Democratic proposals, including language to reverse Trump's transgender military ban, block Trump from taking military action against Iran, end all US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, block the deployment of the low-yield nuclear warhead and ban new transfers to the highly controversial Guantanamo Bay detention center.
"The original House-passed NDAA, that every Republican opposed, included a number of open-border provisions that would have undermined our efforts to secure the Southwest border".
A provision prohibiting the transfer of firearms export oversight to the Department of Commerce from the Department of State was also removed, clearing the way for a rule change that would allow easier global sales of US-made assault weapons. It includes $658.4 billion for Department of Defense and Department of Energy national security programs, $71.5 billion to pay for ongoing foreign wars and $5.3 billion in emergency funding for repairs from natural disasters.
It increases pay for the troops by 3.1% and mandates 12 weeks' paid leave so federal workers can care for their families.
The NDAA has been implemented every year for 58 years, Inhofe said. It also sanctions Turkey over its acquisition of Russian S-400 air defence systems and prohibits the transfer of F-35s to the country.
The law also includes a salary increase for service members. While the final defense bill maintains the DNI reporting requirement, which must be delivered to the Congress within 30 days of the bill's enactment, it drops the House bill's sanctions provision, gutting the bill's ability to impose costs for a brazen and premeditated murder.
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