Negotiations Stall on Defense Bill - Military Construction Funding Uncertainty Remains

On Oct. 29, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced a “skinny” National Defense Authorization Act. (NDAA) of Fiscal Year 2020.  Despite both the House and Senate passing their versions of the NDAA over the summer, conference negotiations have stalled between the chambers.

One debate is whether to backfill roughly $3.6 billion in military construction that the Trump Administration reprogrammed for projects along the southern border and whether the NDAA should limit the ability of Department of Defense to reprogram funds going forward. While the “skinny” NDAA would fund a some military construction projects, it is far behind the nearly $17.8 billion in military construction the Senate NDAA passed in June. Chairman Inhofe said he remains hopeful a compromise can be found on the NDAA in the coming weeks, a bill that has passed every year for the last 58 years. AGC will continue to advocate for a Congress to pass a NDAA that fully funds military construction programs.

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