Archive: Congress

Coast Guard Delivers $9 Billion Budget, $1.2 Billion For Recapitalization Efforts

By Geoff Fein The Coast Guard has requested more than $9 billion dollars for its FY ’09 budget that includes $1.2 billion for recapitalizing the service’s fleet of vessels as well as improving command and control and intelligence gathering. Additionally, the Coast Guard will publish its first-ever posture statement along with the budget, a Coast […]

Bush Seeks $50.5 Billion Budget For Homeland Security

By Calvin Biesecker The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is asking Congress for nearly $51 billion in FY ’09, a 7 percent increase from the current budget, with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) tallying the largest increases in terms of absolute dollars. To help pay for the increase, […]

Bush Budget Seeks $74 Million In Fiscal 2009 To Replace NPOESS Sensors

By Dave Ahearn President Bush will add $74 million to his fiscal 2009 budget plan to help place sensors on future satellites that were removed in 2006 from the planned National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) satellites, according to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The money will be placed […]

Granger Rejoins House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee

By Jen DiMascio Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) is reclaiming her seat on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, which she gave up when Republicans lost the majority in the House during the 2007 elections. The seat was opened when then Rep. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) was appointed to the Senate to replace Sen. Trent Lott. Granger won […]

Congress May Play Key Role In DoD’s FY ’09 Budget

By Jen DiMascio With a lame-duck president in office and election season in full swing, next week’s Pentagon budget rollout is likely to be something of a snooze, but the real action may come when Congress takes up the near record-high defense spending request. The Pentagon’s top line is likely to fall between $511 billion, […]

Republicans Push Decision On New HAC Member Next Month

House Republicans delayed until February a decision about who will fill a vacant seat on the House Appropriations Committee. Candidates for the position had expected the Republican Steering Committee would decide before the end of the month, but they will resume consideration during a meeting the week of Feb. 11. Among those running for the […]

Bush Issues Changes To Speed Exports of Sensitive Technology

By Dave Ahearn President Bush ordered changes in U.S. export controls that will accelerate the export of militarily sensitive technology and products. One earlier-announced change already has cut in half the number of export license applications awaiting action at the State Department, the agency stated. While some members of Congress are concerned that the United […]

President To Sign Defense Authorization Bill

By Jen DiMascio President Bush was expected to sign the defense authorization bill into law on the same day he is scheduled to present his State of the Union address. The Senate passed the bill for the second time Jan. 23, resolving a last-minute dispute over a provision regarding terrorism that could have tied up […]

Bush May Press European Ballistic Missile Defense Plan In State Of The Union Address

President Bush tonight will deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, and he may use the televised event to press for construction of a U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) system in Europe. While last-minute additions and deletions still are being made in the address, Bush may use the speech […]