Archive: Congress

MRAP Contractors Press For More Timely Information

By Jen DiMascio Makers of the multi-billion effort to manufacture vehicles that improve protection against improvised explosive devices last week called on the government to provide more timely information about the military’s needs and to make the emergency effort an official Pentagon program. The two leading manufacturers of military vehicles, BAE SYSTEMS and General Dynamics […]

Congress To Probe Space Shuttle Safety Problems, Looming Retirement Issues

Questions Arise Whether Shuttles Will Finish All Needed Missions A Senate panel this week will probe major questions about the space shuttle fleet, focusing on safety issues, whether the shuttles – before a mandated 2010 retirement — can finish building the International Space Station, and what will happen to NASA and the U.S. global image […]

Arrow Missile Defense Components Receive Conference Attention

The Defense Department Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2008 that includes $37 million for producing components for the anti- ballistic missile Arrow in the United States and Israel. In the conference report accompanying the FY ’08 Appropriations Bill, lawmakers agreed to provide $155.5 million for the Arrow missile defense program–a joint United States- Israel effort. […]

Time Line For Consideration of Bridge Fund In Flux

By Jen DiMascio Plans for the House to vote today on a bridge fund to provide money for the war in Iraq looked iffy yesterday afternoon. Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), the chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, said he would have to sell to the caucus his plan to provide about $50 billion along […]

Lawmakers Call For More Progress On DHS Virtual Fence Program

Lawmakers recently expressed frustration about the fact that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) virtual fence program remains behind schedule. During a House Homeland Security Committee hearing in early June, members of Congress were told the first component of the SBInet program would be operational days later. But after more than four months, that first […]

Appropriations Report Would Put Air Force On Track To Buy More F-22s

By Jen DiMascio Lawmakers are supporting the Air Force’s position that it needs 20 more F-22 Raptor stealth fighter aircraft, urging the service to extend its current multiyear contract with Lockheed Martin [LMT]. Language in the conference report on the FY ’08 Defense Appropriations Bill suggests that the service pull $526 million in fiscal year […]

Conferees OK Defense Bill That Includes $11.6 billion For MRAP Vehicles  

By Jen DiMascio Lawmakers yesterday approved a $459.6 billion conference report to fund the Defense Department in fiscal year 2008 that includes $11.6 billion in emergency funding for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The bill should reach the House floor by Thursday, and the Senate also intends to vote on the report this week, […]