On July 21, the House passed a bill to authorize appropriations for the military activities of the Department of Defense in 2021. The bill allocates $68,340,000 for a naval facility in Bahrain and $845,000,000 for equipment to counter ISIS. The bill expresses support for strengthening ties with Qatar and appropriates funds for a series of military construction projects at Al Udeid Air Base. It calls for a report of U.S. weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, prohibiting the use of these weapons in the war in Yemen, and calls on Saudi Arabia and the UAE to support reconstruction in Yemen. It requires reports on the war in Yemen and expresses support for peace and resolution efforts. The bill calls for the support of Kurds in Iraq and further cooperation with Iraq to combat terrorism. It also calls for reports on Al-Qaeda members traveling to or from Iran, malign Iranian influence in Afghanistan and Venezuela, Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, Iranian military bases, and Iranian support for the Yemeni Houthis. The bill emphasizes support for Israel in the face of threats from Iran and the importance of keeping cyber and space technology from Iran. It also calls for Kuwait to pay overdue medical debts to the U.S. The bill was introduced in the House by Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA09) on March 26.
- William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (H.R.6395) Passed the House