Archive: Congressional/Budget

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee

Senate OKs Defense Authorization Conference Report

The Senate passed the nearly $700 billion fiscal year 2018 defense authorization conference report by voice vote Nov. 16, sending it to President Donald Trump for his consideration. After the vote, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, urged Trump “to sign this important legislation into law — and in doing […]

Army Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army, addresses the National Guard Association of the United States 138th General Conference, Baltimore, Md., Sept. 10, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill)

Army Leaders Welcome Hill Support For Modernization Plans, Despite Heightened Oversight

Much of the Army’s modernization wish list is funded under the final defense authorization bill passed Nov. 15, but the service can’t spend the money until it convinces Congress the programs are on track. Senior service officials see the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act as a tacit approval of the Army’s near-term modernization strategy, especially […]

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House Passes FY 2018 Defense Authorization Conference Report

After a brief floor debate, the House late Nov. 14 passed the $700 billion fiscal year 2018 defense authorization conference report by a 356-70 vote. Among Republicans, 229 voted for the legislation and seven voted against it. Among Democrats, 127 voted for the measure and 63 voted against it. Proponents hailed the conference report (H.R. […]

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Lawmakers Agree To Space Revamp Without Space Corps

House and Senate negotiators have crafted a final version of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill that overhauls military space management but stops short of accepting a controversial House proposal to create a space corps in the Air Force Department. In a joint statement Nov. 8, Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) and Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), the […]

A Missile Defense Agency Ground-Based Interceptor is launched from Vandenburg Air Force Base, Calif. as part of Flight Test Ground-Based Interceptor (FTG)-15. Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

Administration Asks Congress for Billions More To Fund Extra Missile Defense, Ship Repairs, And Troops

The Trump administration sent Congress a set of Defense Department Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget amendments on Monday to increase funding for missile defense, repair damaged Navy ships, and increase Afghanistan troop levels. The letter introducing the request covers about $4 billion in additional efforts to defend against the threat of North Korean missiles through […]

Key Lawmakers In Talks To Keep Government Open When CR Expires

The chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees are discussing how to keep the government open after the current continuing resolution (CR) runs out Dec. 8, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Oct. 31. “We are in a four-cornered, bipartisan negotiation over how to fund the government, including the Trump […]

The Air Force in 2016 unveiled the name of the future B-21 bomber: the "Raider."  (Credit: Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

U.S. Nuclear Forces To Cost $1.2 Trillion Over 30 Years, CBO Estimates

Current plans to modernize, operate and sustain U.S. nuclear forces will cost about $1.2 trillion over the next three decades, according to a report released Oct. 31 by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Modernization will account for about $400 billion of that total, while operations and sustainment will take up the other $800 billion, the […]

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Reps. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.) hold a press conference on the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Congress Might Finish Defense Authorization Bill In Days

Leaders of a House-Senate conference committee expressed hope Oct. 25 that they will quickly wrap up negotiations on a final version of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), said that he is confident lawmakers can finish the compromise bill “within the next […]

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Lawmakers To Begin Formal Talks On Final Defense Authorization Bill

House and Senate negotiators charged with writing the final version of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill plan to have their first formal meeting Oct. 25. While the session will occur behind closed doors, leaders of the House-Senate conference committee are scheduled to brief reporters beforehand. The House and Senate passed their versions of […]

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee

Sen. McCain Blasts Delay In Defense Spending Hike

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), chided the Senate Oct. 19 for considering a fiscal year 2018 budget resolution that delays a decision on whether to boost defense spending. The resolution, which is intended mainly to pave the way for tax reform legislation, would provide $549 billion for defense, […]