Archive: Congressional/Budget

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, […]

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House, Senate Committees Approve Border And Cyber Security Bills

The House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday marked up a $15 billion authorization bill that would provide $10 billion for President Donald Trump’s security wall along the southern U.S. border, related infrastructure, and technology and air assets. The bill also provides another $5 billion for modernizing U.S. ports of entry. Debate over the Border Security […]

A Ground-based Midcourse Defense interceptor launch.
Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

DoD Seeks Funding Shift To Boost Missile Defense

The Department of Defense has asked Congress to approve shifting $416 million in previously approved funds to beef up missile defenses and other anti-missile efforts, a DoD official said Sept. 28. The reprogramming request would buy 20 more ground-based interceptor (GBI) missiles to counter long-range ballistic missiles, said Rob Soofer, deputy assistant secretary of defense […]

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.). (Photo courtesy of congressman's office)

Lawmaker Expects Gridlocked Hill To Finish Defense Authorization Bill

A key House member expressed confidence Sept. 26 that Congress will finish its work on the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill despite Capitol Hill gridlock on many issues. The optimism from Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC’s) strategic forces panel, came eight days after the Senate approved its […]

Senate Sends FY 2018 Defense Authorization Bill To Conference

The U.S. Senate approved its version of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill by an 89-8 vote late Sept. 18, sending the legislation to a conference committee with the House, which passed its bill in July. Conferees have a host of issues to resolve, including what to do about a House provision that would […]

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

Senate Nears Vote On Defense Authorization Bill

The Senate agreed Sept. 14 to wrap up floor debate on its fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill, clearing the way for a vote to pass the legislation Sept. 18. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that he has worked with Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the committee’s ranking Democrat, […]

The E-8C JSTARS. (Air Force photo)

Air Force Rethinking JSTARS Replacement

The U.S. Air Force, which has been preparing to replace its aging E-8C JSTARS ground-surveillance aircraft with a modified civil jet, has begun exploring whether a different approach might be more effective in highly contested environments. Any changes in the acquisition plan could be reflected in the Air Force’s fiscal year 2019 budget request, due […]

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Congress Passes CR To Keep Government Open Till Early December

With Congress running out of time to finish its 12 annual appropriations bills before fiscal year 2018 begins Oct. 1, lawmakers have approved a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the Department of Defense and other government agencies running until Dec. 8. The Senate approved the CR (H.R. 601) Sept. 7 by an 80-17 vote, and the […]