The House has passed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act by a party line vote, 220-197. The passage of the $733 billion bill, which President Trump has threatened to veto, sets up a showdown with the Senate’s $750 billion version.
Democrats voted 220-8 for the bill, and did not get a single Republican vote (0-188). One independent also voted against the bill.
The bill represents an increase of $17 billion over last year’s NDAA, but it is short of the Senate’s version, which the president supports.
“The level of funding that would be authorized by the bill—a total of $733 billion for national defense—is $17 billion below the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Budget request and would not fully support critical national security priorities,” the White House said in a statement. “The Administration is also concerned about the bill’s allocation of funds between base national defense and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) accounts—an allocation that exceeds the discretionary cap in place under current law.”
The administration also opposed several provisions in the bill, including one that would limit the Department of Defense’s authority in national emergencies; one that would require 30 days notice of sending troops to the southern border; a prohibition of war with Iran without Congress’ approval first; and a prohibition of using DoD funds for building a wall on the southern border, a prohibit.