February 1, 2021
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was passed by Congress on January 1st in an 81-13 Senate vote to override Trump’s veto. Trump’s effort to veto the bill was strongly opposed by lawmakers as many argued his objections were unrelated to national defense and instead focused on repealing section 230 of the 1996 Communications Act.
This act protects social media companies from legal liability for the content posted by their users. This defense policy bill allows national defense spending of $740.5 billion as well as new policies on military compensation, procurement of equipment, operations, and training. An article by Space News explains more specifics of the NDAA and lays out several provisions on national security space and the U.S. Space Force.
To read more about the NDAA and reactions from Congress members regarding its passing, click here.