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WASHINGTON, D.C. January 1, 2021 – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement after the Senate voted to override the President’s veto of the Conference Report for the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 by a vote of 81 to 13, the final step in the legislative process required to enact the law over the objection of the President. 

“With today’s successful veto override vote in the Senate, the Congress has prevailed despite the President’s illogical opposition to this year’s annual defense bill, and for the 60th consecutive year the NDAA has become law. After a year’s worth of difficult work and thorough negotiations, the legislature has once again fulfilled our constitutional obligation to provide for the common defense. The NDAA’s broad and deep support is a testament to the merits of this year’s bill and underscores the seriousness with which the Congress takes our commitment to our services members, their families, and our national security.”