Archive: Congress

Without War Supplemental, Pentagon Asks Congress To Reprogram Funds

By Emelie Rutherford As promised, the Pentagon asked lawmakers for permission on Tuesday to internally reprogram $9.66 billion to cover Army personnel and operational costs as it waits for Congress to pass a delayed war-supplemental funding bill. "This emergency action was necessary to extend Army and defense-wide operations in the absence of requested supplemental appropriations […]

GAO Sees Improvements In Trade Security Program, Continuing Challenges

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has made progress in its voluntary trusted shipper program, called Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), particularly in strengthening its polices for granting benefits to the trade community, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). GAO also says that CBP has taken steps to improve how it […]

Extensive Contracting Reforms Tacked On To House Defense Bill

By Emelie Rutherford The defense authorization bill the House passed last Thursday includes an extensive acquisition reform package touted by a House watchdog but labeled by the White House as burdensome and costly. The fiscal year 2009 defense authorization bill includes the so-called "Clean Contracting Act of 2008," which would limit or curb the use […]

Transcripts Of Griffin, Nelson Warning NASA Faces Tough Funding Challenges

This is the tape-recorded transcript of NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, speaking unexpectedly and extemporaneously, and then the scheduled speaker, Sen. Bill Nelson (D- Fla.), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee space, aeronautics and related sciences subcommittee. They spoke at a luncheon of the Washington Space Business Roundtable at the University Club, 1135 […]

Israel Has A Right To Retaliate If Iran Launches Nuclear Attack On Israel, Rep. Franks Says

Israel has a right to launch a retaliatory nuclear strike on Iran if it launches a nuclear attack on Israel, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said. "If they’re attacked by a nuclear capability, they have a right to respond," Franks said on C-Span. He is co-chairman of the bipartisan 60-member Congressional Missile Defense Caucus. He also […]

House Adopts Defense Authorization Bill, Rejects Plan To Restore $719 Million Cut From Missile Defense, But Also Rejects Amendment To Cut $966 Million BMD

Meanwhile, Top Russian, Chinese Leaders Assail U.S. Plan For European Missile Defense System Rep. Franks Says U.S. Funding Cuts In European Missile Defense Confuse Czechs, Poles, Who Are Asked To Approve The System The House rejected a proposal to reverse a total $719 million in cuts to ballistic missile defense (BMD) programs, but also rejected […]

Griffin: Moon, Mars Missions May Be Killed For Lack Of Will, Money; A Major Loss Looms; ‘Incredible Turmoil’ Of New President Arriving

NASA Nightmare: Commercial Space Transport Industry Could Die At Birth If Small Ideas Prevail Space Agency Faces Continuing Budget Resolution That May Mean NASA Buying Power Is Cut, Programs Damaged; Hard Choices Unavoidable NASA may not be in the crosshairs, but it is at a crossroads, an existential tipping point where the space agency faces […]

Senate Passes $165.4 Billion In War Supplemental Spending, Sends Back To House

By Emelie Rutherford The Senate passed a veto-proof supplemental defense spending bill yesterday with $165.4 billion in war funding for systems including C-17 airlifters, C-130 transport aircraft and mine-resistant vehicles, but no funds to continue the F-22 jets’ production in the future. The Senate broke the supplemental bill–for fiscal year 2008 and bridge funding for […]

Army Leadership Discussing FCS Future, Officials Says

By Ann Roosevelt FT. BLISS, Texas–In close-hold meetings, the Army is rigorously examining options for its major multi-billion modernization program, the Future Combat Systems (FCS), an official said. "Senior Army leaders are considering what to do about cuts and how to accelerate FCS," Col. Gregory Martin, chief of the Director’s Initiatives Group in G-8, said […]