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The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a United States federal law specifying the budget and expenditures of the United States Department of Defense. Each year's act also includes other provisions. The U.S. Congress oversees the defense budget primarily through two yearly bills: the National Defense Authorization Act and defense appropriations bills. The authorization bill determines the agencies responsible for defense, establishes funding levels, and sets the policies under which money will be spent.[1]

Notable or controversial NDAA legislation[]

  • National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, H.R. 4310 (2013). This NDAA contains also several controversial sections (see article), including § 1033, which, although affirming Constitutional habeas corpus protections for "U.S. citizens and permanent residents" — if affected by the indefinite detention provisions 2012's NDAA and the AUMF — § 1033 excludes everyone else in general. This is in contravention to the wording of Article One, Section 9, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution: instead of explicitly limiting the applicability of the writ to U.S. citizens, this so-called Suspension Clause is a limit on Congressional power, stating "Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion..."

See also[]

  • Internal Security Act of 1950
  • Clinger–Cohen Act, part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996

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