Archive: Congress

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Democrats Building Bridge Fund With Iraq War Language

By Jen DiMascio House and Senate leaders are crafting standalone legislation that would provide about $50 billion in funding for the war in Iraq between November and January, when lawmakers intend to begin debate on the president’s full supplemental request. At the end of last month, Senate leadership was adamantly opposed to a bridge fund, […]

Democrats Square Off On Defense Budgeting

By Jen DiMascio Democratic candidates for president share at least three messages on the defense budget: They would cut wasteful spending. They would reduce funding for missile defense, and they would oppose funding on offensive space-based weapons. Taken in the aggregate, the results of a survey on the issue of defense spending may not add […]