“We agreed on this year`s Defense Approval Act,” Thornberry said in a speech here at the Reagan National Defense Forum, receiving loud applause from the defense industry and national security experts. “The House of Representatives will vote on a bill in the Senate on Wednesday and shortly thereafter authorizing the national defence of the 2020 budget.” The conference struggled to reach agreement on the bill, with mixed views on issues such as the Space Force, which notably ended military means to build a wall on the southern border. Congressional negotiators agreed on the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020 and passed a mandatory passport law later this week, the future of which had been called into question for the first time in decades. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers on Monday announced an agreement on a $738 billion law setting policy for the Defense Department, including new measures for competition with Russia and China, family vacations for federal employees and the creation of the space army so desired by President Donald Trump. Among a long list of reforms, the bill would require a tenant bill of rights for service members who live in on-base housing, prohibit private landlords from using confidentiality agreements in their leases, and require doD to implement new standardized assessments to monitor private residential developments based on health risks such as mold and lead. There are “a handful” of issues that have not yet reached an agreement, Smith acknowledged, but said he saw a way to resolve them. In a media engagement last week, he said the remaining “hard” issues included President Trump`s request for $8.6 billion in funding for a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Space Force`s proposal and other issues such as whether transgender forces should be used. The leaders of the Senate and the House Armed Services Committee are both committed to reaching an agreement for the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by November 22, although significant disagreements are still on the table. SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – Representatives of the Senate and House of Representatives have reached an agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act 2020, with a vote scheduled for December 9, key lawmakers said.
Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said earlier on December 7, “We got an agreement” on the bill, but he declined to give details. The final agreement contains language that would extend these pay increases and bonuses, and allows a 3.1 percent pay increase for military personnel from January 1 – the largest pay increase for uniformed officers in a decade. According to a summary of the final agreement sent to journalists by congress committees on Monday evening, their participants decided that the border issues at issue should instead be dealt with as part of the draft budget for 2020 – another legislative procedure that has become bogged down in recent months. WASHINGTON – The leaders of the Armed Services Committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate presented on December 9 the conference agreement they obtained for the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020. The conference agreement creates a Head of Space Operations (CSO) for the United States.