The Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act Thursday, just a few days after the House passed its own version of the same bill. The Senate NDAA authorizes defense spending of $740.5 billion in the 2021 fiscal year, including $636.4 billion for the Defense Department’s base budget and $69 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations account, which is used for war fighting, among other things.
Like the House version, the Senate NDAA contains language calling on the Pentagon to change the names of military bases named after Confederate leaders from the Civil War. The bill lays out a plan to “remove all names, symbols, displays, monuments, and paraphernalia that honor or commemorate the Confederate States of America ... or any person who served voluntarily with the Confederate States of America from all assets of the Department of Defense.”
President Trump has threatened to veto the bill due to the renaming provision.