Archive: Congress

State Department To Delay Sale of Weapons To Saudi Arabia

The State Department last week told Congress it has postponed a request for the sale of GPS-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia until mid-January. The State Department announced the $20 million arms sales package in July as part of a diplomatic effort in the Middle East. In November, the Defense Department told Congress it intended to […]

HASC Members Discuss Defense Authorization Bill Without Senate Input

By Jen DiMascio Members of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) met yesterday without their Senate counterparts to discuss a conference report on a bill to authorize Pentagon spending in this fiscal year. The inclusion of hate crimes language in the bill continues to block passage, members acknowledged after the brief meeting. HASC Chairman Ike […]

Senate Likely To Consider Iraq War Funding Again

By Jen DiMascio As Congress returned this week to continue debating funding for the war, the Senate majority leader said a vote on war funding was likely during the next three weeks. Democrats in that chamber appeared yesterday to be willing to consider concessions to provide funding for the war. Before the Thanksgiving break, the […]

CBO: Army Aviation Modernization, FCS Investment, Likely To Pressure Future Budget Planners

By Ann Roosevelt The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) finds that Army aviation modernization would cost an average of $3.3 billion a year from 2007-2030 at the same time the service expects its heaviest investment in the Future Combat Systems (FCS) family of equipment, thus offering "substantial budget challenges" for planners. "Under the Army’s current plan, […]

Clinton Backs Eventual Human Space Exploration Of Solar System, And Supports New Spaceship

Huckabee Uncertain On Mars, But Urges Space Program Growth Tancredo Opposes Exploration, Mars Mission On Budget Deficit Grounds Most presidential candidates have voiced no support for, or have outright opposed, President Bush’s vision of manned missions to the moon, Mars and beyond. The one exception is Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), a member of the Senate […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Movement Possible. A House leadership aide confirmed the House is likely to appoint conferees this week for the defense authorization bill. Conferees from the House and Senate are expected to meet shortly after to sign off on the defense authorization bill. Most of the […]

Bush Demands Congress Pass DOD Funds; Democrats Issue Sharp Response

Congress is dawdling in providing funds needed to finance the Department of Defense (DOD) for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and military officials have run out of moves to stave off a fiscal crunch by shuffling money among accounts, President Bush told journalists in the Pentagon media briefing room. "No more money can be […]

Hunter Calls For President To Meet With Lawmakers About China

The ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee is imploring the president to meet with key lawmakers to discuss future defense investments in light of China’s recent military buildup and its refusal to allow U.S. ships to port In Hong Kong. China’s decision to block the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) aircraft carrier strike group […]

Bush Demands Congress Pass DoD Funds; Democrats Issue Sharp Response

Congress is dawdling in providing funds needed to finance the Department of Defense (DoD) and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and military officials have run out of moves to stave off a fiscal crunch by shuffling money among accounts, President Bush said yesterday at the Pentagon. "No more money can be moved" among accounts, […]

Lott’s Resignation Changes Shipbuilding Support Structure In Congress

By Jen DiMascio Minority Whip Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) announced yesterday he is resigning from the Senate, further changing the team of legislators who have protected the shipbuilding industry. Lott, who is expected to leave by the end of the year, will depart before Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), a former chairman of the Senate Armed […]