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WASHINGTON – The leaders of the Armed Services Committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate presented on December 9 the conference agreement they obtained for the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020. The conference agreement creates a Space Operations Chief (CSO) for the U.S. Space Force, who will report directly to the Secretary of the Air Force and become a member of the Joint Chiefs of Personnel. According to a summary of the final agreement sent to journalists by congress committees on Monday evening, their participants decided that the border issues at issue should instead be dealt with as part of the draft budget for 2020 – another legislative procedure that has become bogged down in recent months. The conference report supports a discretionary line of $738 billion for the Department of Defence, in line with the recent budget agreement between the parties. It includes $71.5 billion to finance crisis operations abroad. In addition, the report approves $5.3 billion for emergency calamities across the country in the event of extreme weather and natural disasters. The conference struggled to reach agreement on the bill, with mixed views on issues such as the Space Force, which notably ended military means to build a wall on the southern border. Rep.
Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said earlier on December 7, “We got an agreement” on the bill, but he declined to give details. “We agreed on this year`s Defense Approval Act,” Thornberry said in a speech here at the Reagan National Defense Forum, receiving loud applause from the defense industry and national security experts. “The House of Representatives will vote on a bill in the Senate on Wednesday and shortly thereafter authorizing the national defence of the 2020 budget.” WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers on Monday announced an agreement on a $738 billion law setting policy for the Defense Department, including new measures for competition with Russia and China, family vacations for federal employees and the creation of the space army so desired by President Donald Trump. Among a long list of reforms, the bill would require a tenant bill of rights for service members who live in on-base housing, prohibit private landlords from using confidentiality agreements in their leases, and require doD to implement new standardized assessments to monitor private residential developments based on health risks such as mold and lead.