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July 2020 Update

Congress continues its consideration of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 defense legislation amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senate Armed Services Committee approved its version of the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on June 10. In line with $740.5 billion in total national defense funding for FY21, the Committee recommended authorizing $705.4 billion for the Department of Defense (DoD), includes:

  • $636.4 billion in DoD base and discretionary funding
  • $69.0 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding (OCO)

The House Armed Services Committee approved its version of the FY21 NDAA on July 1. In line with $731.6 billion in total national defense funding for FY21, the Committee recommended authorizing $704.5 billion for DoD, includes:

  • $635.5 billion in DoD and discretionary funding
  • $69.0 billion in OCO funding

The full U.S. Senate and the full U.S. House of Representatives will next proceed to approve a version of the NDAA in each chamber before negotiating a final bill. Legislative analysis will be available on the NGAUS website here.

Simultaneously, NGAUS remains in consistent contact with the Trump administration and Congress to ensure support for the more than 30,000 National Guard servicemembers performing COVID-19 response missions across all 54 states and territories. While NGAUS successfully advocated for extending Title 32 orders until August 2020, the legislative staff continues to work with Members of Congress to require the Secretary of Defense to provide National Guard servicemembers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with six months of post-deployment health care.

Additionally, the legislative staff is preparing to operate resolutions consideration virtually for the 142nd NGAUS General Conference and Exhibition. All state association-approved draft resolutions should be submitted no later than July 31 in accordance with the Resolutions SOP via the NGAUS resolutions database here. The legislative staff will thoroughly review, organize, and distribute all draft resolutions in the usual manner after the submission deadline. Mark Malizia or Blaise Lemke on the legislative staff are available to answer questions or concerns.

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