FY 2022 NDAA Falls Short of Votes Needed to Advance in Senate

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An effort to end debate on the Senate version of the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization (NDAA) Act led to a 45-51 vote, falling short of the 60 votes needed to pass the defense policy bill in the upper chamber, Politico reported Monday.

The latest setback facing the FY 2022 NDAA stemmed from a dispute over amendments, including a measure that would impose sanctions over the Russian-backed Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline.

The lawmakers should address the dispute to approve the defense policy bill as Congress needs to pass another continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown. The government is operating under a stopgap measure that is set to expire on Dec. 3.

Reuters reported the NDAA would authorize approximately $770 billion in defense funding.

“I’m still very supportive of this bill and hope we will pass it soon,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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