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H.R. 6395 (116th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021


To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2021 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.

The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an authorization bill, which directs how federal funds should or should not be used. (It does not set overall spending limits, however, which are the subject of appropriations bills.) Authorizations are typically made for single fiscal years (October 1 through September 30 of the next year) but are often renewed in subsequent law.

Sponsor and status

Adam Smith

Sponsor. Representative for Washington's 9th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Dec 15, 2020
Length: 1480 pages
Introduced
Mar 26, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status

Enacted — Veto Overridden on Jan 1, 2021

This bill was enacted after a congressional override of the President's veto on January 1, 2021.

Law
Pub.L. 116-283
Cosponsors

1 Cosponsor (1 Republican)

Source

Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Donald Trump [R, 2017-2021]: H.R. 6395 – Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 6395, the [William M. (Mac) Thornberry] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (Dec 8, 2020)

What legislators are saying

Barrasso: NDAA Keeps America Safe
    — Sen. John Barrasso [R-WY] on Dec 11, 2020

Rubio Votes to Support Troops, Will Introduce Sweeping Sec. 230 Reforms
    — Sen. Marco Rubio [R-FL] on Jan 1, 2021

Congresswoman Miller’s Statement on Vote to Not Overturn President Trump's NDAA Veto
    — Rep. Carol Miller [R-WV3] on Dec 28, 2020

More statements at ProPublica Represent...

What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute SpendingTracker.org estimates H.R. 6395 will save $9.9 billion through 2030.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 4049: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021

Passed Senate (House next) on Jul 23, 2020. 22% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2297: Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019

Ordered Reported on Jul 31, 2019. 38% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 4982: Creating Helpful Incentives for Producing Semiconductors for America and Foundries Act

Introduced on Dec 8, 2020. 100% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 3409: Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019

Passed House (Senate next) on Jul 24, 2019. 19% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3930: Maritime Administration Authorization and Improvement Act

Introduced on Jun 10, 2020. 21% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2731: Essential National Security Authorities Act for Fiscal Year 2020

Ordered Reported on Oct 29, 2019. 52% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2840: Essential National Security Authorities Act for Fiscal Year 2020

Ordered Reported on Nov 13, 2019. 52% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 6216: National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020

Introduced on Mar 12, 2020. 55% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7682: Sudan Democratic Transition, Accountability, and Fiscal Transparency Act of 2020

Ordered Reported on Jul 29, 2020. 75% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2563: ILLICIT CASH Act

Introduced on Sep 26, 2019. 18% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 6094: Sudan Democratic Transition, Accountability, and Fiscal Transparency Act of 2020

Introduced on Mar 5, 2020. 52% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 8634: HACKED Act

Introduced on Oct 20, 2020. 82% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 4520: VA–SBA Act

Introduced on Aug 10, 2020. 91% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 3066: Supporting Our Coast Guard Members Act of 2019

Introduced on Jun 3, 2019. 96% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 1615: Verification Alignment and Service-disabled Business Adjustment Act

Passed House (Senate next) on Nov 13, 2019. 55% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 4864: Global Child Thrive Act of 2020

Passed House (Senate next) on Sep 22, 2020. 64% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2775: HACKED Act of 2019

Ordered Reported on Nov 13, 2019. 65% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7345: To counter White identity terrorism globally, and for other purposes.

Introduced on Jun 25, 2020. 75% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 1611: DIGIT Act

Passed Senate (House next) on Jan 8, 2020. 80% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3820: Open Technology Fund Authorization Act

Introduced on May 21, 2020. 82% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 999: Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2019

Ordered Reported on Nov 13, 2019. 85% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 6621: Open Technology Fund Authorization Act

Introduced on Apr 24, 2020. 92% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 4719: Funding Instruction for Safety, Health, and Security Avoids Fishing Emergencies Act

Passed House (Senate next) on Dec 17, 2019. 93% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 3830: Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act

Passed House (Senate next) on Feb 5, 2020. 95% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 135: Elijah E. Cummings Federal Employee Antidiscrimination Act of 2019

Passed House (Senate next) on Jan 15, 2019. 100% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3189: A bill to use proceeds from spectrum auctions to support supply chain innovation and multilateral security.

Introduced on Jan 14, 2020. 46% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7331: National Cyber Director Act

Introduced on Jun 25, 2020. 52% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 4080: Countering Global White Supremacist Terrorism Act

Introduced on Jun 25, 2020. 56% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 389: Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Rewards Act

Passed House (Senate next) on May 14, 2019. 62% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 2051: Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2019

Passed House (Senate next) on Dec 9, 2019. 63% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 8115: DIGIT Act

Introduced on Aug 25, 2020. 67% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3045: Cybersecurity Vulnerability Identification and Notification Act of 2020

Ordered Reported on Mar 11, 2020. 72% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2177: Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act

Ordered Reported on Jul 24, 2019. 72% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7096: National AI Research Resource Task Force Act of 2020

Introduced on Jun 4, 2020. 77% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3890: National AI Research Resource Task Force Act of 2020

Introduced on Jun 4, 2020. 77% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7157: FLIGHT Act

Introduced on Jun 11, 2020. 82% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7310: Spectrum IT Modernization Act of 2020

Passed House (Senate next) on Nov 17, 2020. 82% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3717: Spectrum IT Modernization Act of 2020

Ordered Reported on May 20, 2020. 83% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3953: FLIGHT Act

Introduced on Jun 11, 2020. 83% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3928: Continuity of the Economy Act of 2020

Introduced on Jun 10, 2020. 88% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2786: Arctic Shipping Federal Advisory Committee Act

Ordered Reported on Dec 11, 2019. 91% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2894: Federal Maritime Commission National Shipper Advisory Committee Act of 2019

Ordered Reported on May 20, 2020. 93% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 4053: DOE EPSCoR Modernization Act

Introduced on Jun 24, 2020. 93% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 711: CARE for Reservists Act of 2019

Ordered Reported on Aug 5, 2020. 94% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 5664: LIFT Act

Passed House (Senate next) on Sep 22, 2020. 96% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 2629: CARE for Reservists Act of 2019

Introduced on May 9, 2019. 96% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 4024: Cybersecurity Advisory Committee Authorization Act of 2020

Ordered Reported on Jul 22, 2020. 98% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 732: AMBER Alert Nationwide Act of 2019

Passed Senate (House next) on Nov 16, 2020. 99% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 4614: AMBER Alert Nationwide Act of 2019

Introduced on Oct 4, 2019. 99% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2715: Global Child Thrive Act of 2019

Introduced on Oct 28, 2019. 34% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 6489: To improve military family readiness.

Introduced on Apr 10, 2020. 34% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 1975: Cybersecurity Advisory Committee Authorization Act of 2019

Ordered Reported on Sep 25, 2019. 46% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 6148: TRICARE ECHO Improvement Act

Introduced on Mar 9, 2020. 49% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 4043: Military Aviators Cancer Incidence Study Act

Introduced on Jun 23, 2020. 50% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7713: NOPP Revitalization Act

Introduced on Jul 21, 2020. 51% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 4413: A bill to improve the response of the Department of Defense to threats to United States forces worldwide from small unmanned aircraft systems.

Introduced on Aug 4, 2020. 59% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7931: PIRCS Act

Introduced on Aug 4, 2020. 59% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3712: Cyber Leap Act of 2020

Ordered Reported on May 20, 2020. 59% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2693: Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement Act of 2020

Passed Senate (House next) on Sep 24, 2020. 60% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3207: Cybersecurity State Coordinator Act of 2020

Ordered Reported on Mar 11, 2020. 65% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 4195: PROTECT Act of 2020

Introduced on Jul 2, 2020. 65% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3191: Industries of the Future Act of 2020

Ordered Reported on Mar 11, 2020. 68% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 6145: Industries of the Future Act of 2020

Introduced on Mar 9, 2020. 70% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2525: Guaranteeing Equipment Safety for Firefighters Act of 2019

Ordered Reported on Nov 13, 2019. 70% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3900: PROMOTES Act of 2020

Introduced on Jun 4, 2020. 70% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 6661: PROMOTES Act of 2020

Introduced on May 1, 2020. 71% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2065: Deepfake Report Act of 2019

Passed Senate (House next) on Oct 24, 2019. 77% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 4478: LIFT Act

Introduced on Aug 6, 2020. 80% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3783: PANORAMA Act of 2020

Introduced on May 20, 2020. 80% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 6574: PANORAMA Act of 2020

Introduced on Apr 21, 2020. 81% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3903: ELITE Act of 2020

Introduced on Jun 4, 2020. 82% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7125: ELITE Act of 2020

Introduced on Jun 8, 2020. 83% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7639: To impose sanctions with respect to Turkey’s acquisition of the S-400 air and missile defense system.

Introduced on Jul 16, 2020. 83% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7560: Guaranteeing Equipment Safety for Firefighters Act of 2020

Introduced on Jul 9, 2020. 85% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7289: Rent the Camo: Access to Maternity Wear Act

Introduced on Jun 22, 2020. 86% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 6014: Employment Fairness for Taiwan Act of 2020

Introduced on Feb 28, 2020. 86% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7081: Protecting Our Servicemembers’ Care Act of 2020

Introduced on Jun 1, 2020. 89% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 4598: A bill to provide for assistance for small manufacturers in the defense industrial supply chain on matters relating to cybersecurity.

Introduced on Sep 16, 2020. 90% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2152: A bill to require a study and report on Coast Guard interdiction of illicit drugs in the transit zones, and for other purposes.

Introduced on Jul 17, 2019. 91% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 6125: Supporting Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma Act of 2020

Introduced on Mar 5, 2020. 93% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7519: Rewards for Providing Information on Foreign Election Interference Act

Introduced on Jul 9, 2020. 96% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7866: PFAS Free Foam Research and Development Act

Introduced on Jul 30, 2020. 99% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 6072: Coast Guard Retirement Parity Act

Introduced on Mar 4, 2020. 99% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 5932: Ensuring Chinese Debt Transparency Act of 2020

Passed House (Senate next) on Mar 2, 2020. 100% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 6096: READI Act

Passed House (Senate next) on Nov 17, 2020. 100% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7712: Special Operations and International Security Education Act

Introduced on Jul 21, 2020. 100% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 4700: A bill to establish a Center for Artificial Intelligence of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and for other purposes.

Introduced on Sep 24, 2020. 68% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 3210: Coast Guard Shore Infrastructure Improvement Act

Introduced on Jun 11, 2019. 83% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7533: Small Business Category Management Training Act

Introduced on Jul 9, 2020. 85% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 6146: OVERSEA Act of 2020

Introduced on Mar 9, 2020. 85% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 2227: Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Servicemembers Leasing Relief Expansion Act of 2019

Passed House (Senate next) on Feb 25, 2020. 90% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3871: Rural Veterans Funeral Honors Reform Act of 2020

Introduced on Jun 3, 2020. 91% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7474: Comprehensive Review of Military Suicide Act

Introduced on Jul 1, 2020. 92% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2983: A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to seek to enter into an agreement with the city of Vallejo, California, for the transfer of Mare Island Naval Cemetery ...

Introduced on Dec 5, 2019. 92% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 6039: To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to seek to enter into an agreement with the city of Vallejo, California, for the transfer of Mare Island Naval Cemetery in Vallejo, ...

Introduced on Feb 28, 2020. 93% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 8263: To ensure opportunities for Department of Defense participation in wildlife conservation banking programs, and for other purposes.

Introduced on Sep 15, 2020. 93% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 4138: Telework for U.S. Innovation Act

Passed Senate (House next) on Dec 8, 2020. 94% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 389: First Infantry Recognition of Sacrifice in Theater Act

Ordered Reported on Dec 12, 2019. 98% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 2937: MOMS Leave Act

Introduced on May 22, 2019. 98% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7603: Improving Congressional Oversight of CFIUS Determinations Act

Introduced on Jul 13, 2020. 99% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 2398: Veteran HOUSE Act of 2020

Passed House (Senate next) on Jan 13, 2020. 99% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 7448: Telework for U.S. Innovation Act

Introduced on Jul 1, 2020. 99% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3643: VA Mission Telehealth Clarification Act

Ordered Reported on Aug 5, 2020. 100% incorporated. (compare text)

History

Mar 26, 2020
 
Introduced

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Jun 22, 2020
 
Considered by Strategic Forces

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Jun 23, 2020
 
Considered by Tactical Air and Land Forces

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Jul 1, 2020
 
Ordered Reported

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Jul 7, 2020
 
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Preprint (Rule).

Jul 21, 2020
 
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Nov 16, 2020
 
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)

The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Nov 18, 2020
 
Considered by Senate Committee on Armed Services

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Dec 3, 2020
 
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Preprint (Unknown).

Dec 8, 2020
 
Conference Report Agreed to by House (Senate next)

A conference committee was formed, comprising members of both the House and Senate, to resolve the differences in how each chamber passed the bill. The House approved the committee's report proposing the final form of the bill for consideration in both chambers. The Senate must also approve the conference report.

Dec 11, 2020
 
Conference Report Agreed to by Senate

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Dec 23, 2020
 
Vetoed

The President vetoed the bill. Congress may attempt to override the veto.

Dec 28, 2020
 
House Overrides Veto

A vote to override the President's veto succeeded in the House. The Senate must do the same.

This was the House's vote to override President Trump's veto of H.R. 6395, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which is the yearly military ...

Jan 1, 2021
 
Senate Overrides Veto

Congress overrode the veto of the President. The bill became law.

This was the Senate's vote to override President Trump's veto of H.R. 6395, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which is the yearly military ...

H.R. 6395 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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