Washington, December 11 the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021 by 84 votes to 13 against.
Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 335 to 78 against.
According to the bill, U.S. defense spending in fiscal year 2021 was $740.5 billion, a slight increase over the previous fiscal year, of which more than $630 billion was spent on the basic budget of defense projects and $69 billion was spent on overseas military activities.
The bill will then be sent to the White House and signed or vetoed by US President Trump.
Trump has repeatedly threatened to veto the bill because of dissatisfaction with some of its contents. But given that both houses of Congress passed the bill by more than two-thirds of their seats, even if Trump vetoed, Congress could overturn the veto to make the bill into law.
James Inhoffer, chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Forces Committee, issued a statement on the 11th that he expected the defense authorization bill to become law by the end of this year in fiscal year.
The U.S. fiscal year 2021 begins on October 1, 2020 and ends on September 30, 2021.