US House passes National Defense Authorization Act to fund Pentagon in fiscal year 2022

Washington, The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with which it appropriated funding for the Defense Department for Fiscal Year 2022 and implemented several policies, including imposing sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

“NEW: By a vote of 316-113, the House of Representatives has passed H.R. 4350,” the House Armed Services tweeted.

The act was supported by 181 Democrats and 135 Republicans, as well as opposed by 38 Democrats and 75 Republicans.

The legislation is yet to be supported by Senate and President Joe Biden.

The $768 billion NDAA envisages a number of new restrictive measures against Russia: from new sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to the prohibition of purchasing or selling newly issued Russian sovereign debt in primary and secondary markets in response to alleged Russian interference in US elections.

Moreover, the draft legislation recommends sanctions against 35 Russian individuals, including civil servants, businessmen, top and senior officials at key energy companies and banks, as well as a few media personalities.

(EW correspondent)