Senate Republicans and some liberal Democrats on Monday blocked a mammoth annual defense policy bill that would authorize some $770 billion in Pentagon spending from advancing, throwing the legislation into limbo. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2022 was introduced by Senate Armed Services Chairman Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking Republican committee member, in September and contains 27 Republican-led amendments. The bill sets policy for the Pentagon on a number of areas including how many rifles and ships it should purchase, soldiers’ salaries, and how best to approach geopolitical threats. If passed, it would authorize billions of dollars in Pentagon spending for military activities and programs such as research, development, testing, and weapon procurement. While the legislation is typically passed with strong bipartisan support and has become law for 60 straight years, the Senate voted 45-51 on Monday, leaving the measure short of the 60 votes needed to advance most legislation toward passage …


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