Archive: Congress

Webb Calls For Growth In Maritime Forces

By Jen DiMascio The United States needs to start a national debate about how the military should be shaped, especially as the nation begins to reduce its presence in Iraq, Sen. Jim Webb (D- Va.) said yesterday. Webb made those comments during a speech at the Surface Navy Association symposium, during which he called for […]

House Changes Authorization Bill To Address Veto Concerns Regarding Iraq

The House yesterday changed the FY ’08 Defense Authorization Bill to address concerns raised by the president after it was sent to him to be signed in December. The president threatened to veto the bill over a section that allowed terrorism victims to sue Iraq and other state sponsors of terrorism and would freeze assets […]

Lawmaker Moves To Block Sale of JDAMs To Saudi Arabia

By Jen DiMascio Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y. ) said yesterday he is moving to block the president’s proposed sale of precision-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia. The president on Jan. 14 formally notified Congress about its intent to sell up to 900 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) worth as much as $123 million to the Middle […]

Congress Returns To Face NASA Funding Controversies

By Dave Ahearn Congress is returning to Capitol Hill to decide funding issues for the U.S. space program, controversies that began last year. Debates will center on a wide array of topics, from money for space programs to export controls on satellites and other sensitive-technology items shipped to China. Those issues include whether to provide […]

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The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Passing The Torch. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-N.J.) last week endorsed Chris Myers, an executive at Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors in New Jersey, in the race to replace him as the congressman for the 3rd District. Myers, a Republican who also serves as […]

Congress Returns To Face NASA Funding Controversies

Export Controls Also May Be Debated In Session Congress is returning to Capitol Hill to decide funding issues for the U.S. space program, controversies that began last year. Debates will center on a wide array of topics, from money for space programs to export controls on satellites and other sensitive-technology items shipped to China. Those […]

Bush Expected To Notify Congress, Saudi Arabia of JDAM Sale

By Jen DiMascio President Bush is expected to notify Congress today about selling the GPS-guided Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) to Saudi Arabia, one day before the new session of Congress formally opens and the same day he is scheduled to visit the Middle Eastern country. The deal could face two separate resolutions of disapproval […]

Bush Expected To Notify Congress, Saudi Arabia of JDAM Sale This Week

By Jen DiMascio The president is expected to notify Congress Jan. 14 about the sale of the GPS-guided Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) to Saudi Arabia one day before the new session formally starts and the same day he is scheduled to visit the Middle Eastern country. The deal could face two separate resolutions of […]

Congressmen From Tanker States Among Candidates For HAC Seat

By Jen DiMascio At least five Republicans have expressed interest in the plum House Appropriations Committee seat made available by the move of Rep. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) to the Senate to replace Sen. Trent Lott. The group includes Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) and Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.)–lawmakers who serve states that are key to the […]

HASC Seapower Subcommittee To Continue Focus On Larger Fleet In New Year

By Jen DiMascio Continuing to purchase more ships and reining in the cost of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program are high on the list of priorities for the House Armed Services seapower subcommittee this year. Part of buying more ships is turning around the cost growth on the LCS program, ranking member Rep. Roscoe […]