Archive: Congressional/Budget

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) before the Senate calls for a withdrawal of U.S. participation in the military campaign in Yemen. Photo: C-SPAN

Lawmakers Increasingly Question U.S. Weapons Sales to Saudis in Yemen

Democratic members of Congress have vowed to oppose future arms sales to Saudi Arabia amid its ongoing conflict in Yemen, and have criticized U.S. military assistance even as Pentagon officials continue to express support. Despite previous attempts to limit weapon sales, the backlash heard since a coalition-directed airstrike hit a Yemeni school bus in early […]

Sen. John McCain during a 2016 Senate Armed Services Committee.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

McCain, Tough on Defense Acquisition, Will Be Hard to Replace

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who died Aug. 25, fought for acquisition reform within the U.S. military with a precision and drive that few senators before him did and few may be able to follow. A Navy combat veteran and prisoner of war, McCain was 81 years old when he passed after a lengthy battle with […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

Hurdles Remain for FY ’19 Defense Spending Bill

Congress has passed two versions of the fiscal year 2019 defense spending bill at a faster rate than it has in over a decade, but the road to negotiating a full conference bill before the end of 2018 is not yet clear, analysts said. The Senate on Thursday voted 85-7 to approve the FY’19 Department […]

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

Senate Easily Passes FY ’19 Defense Funding Bill

The Senate has passed a major appropriations bill by a vote of 85-7 that includes defense as well as health and human services, education and labor before the end of August for the first time in two decades. Senators moved Thursday to put H.R. 6157, the fiscal year 2019 appropriations “minibus” bill, to a vote, […]

A General Atomics Predator. Photo: General Atomics

Coast Guard Cancels Tech Demo Of Long-Range UAS

The Coast Guard on Tuesday said it is canceling plans for to conduct a land-based technology demonstration of long-range unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) because the funding for the project has been rescinded. Congress previously appropriated $17.5 million in fiscal year 2017 research and development funds for the Coast Guard to demonstrate the Long-Range/Ultra Long-Endurance (LR/ULE) […]

Army Lt. Gen. John Murray was promoted Aug. 20 to the rank of general and confirmed by the Senate to become the new Army Futures Command commander. Photo: Army

Senate Approves New Army, Air Force Commanders

The Senate confirmed several military promotions Monday evening that will impact Army and Air Force commands. Army Lt. Gen. John M. Murray, who currently serves as deputy chief of staff for programs, G-8, was confirmed to assume the rank of general and become the first commander of the Army Futures Command, which is slated to […]

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

Senators Mulling Trump’s Space Force Roadmap

The road to President Donald Trump’s desired Space Force by 2020 requires congressional approval, and several senators have mixed feelings about the proposed effort to build a brand new service dedicated to space. The Pentagon and Vice President Mike Pence revealed Aug. 9 a roadmap to building a sixth service that could combine all of […]

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., puts H.R. 6157 minibus bill on the floor Aug. 16, 2018. Photo: C-SPAN

Senate to Debate Defense Appropriations Next Week

The Senate on Wednesday put a bill to the floor that includes several fiscal year 2019 budgets, including defense, as the committee hopes to bring the legislation up for a vote as early as next week. The so-called “minibus” H.R. 6157 includes two FY‘19 appropriations measures, the Department of Defense bill and the Labor, Health […]

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

Analysts: ‘Unanswered Questions’ For the Cost of a Space Force

A new Pentagon report released Aug. 9 described several potential steps and proposals to build up to President Donald Trump’s desired Space Force, but was scarce on cost estimates. The Defense Department’s final report to Congress said the department will lay out specific budget numbers for a potential Space Force when it releases its legislative […]

President Donald Trump signed the fiscal year National Defense Authorization Act into law Aug. 13, 2018 at Ft. Drum, New York. Photo: C-SPAN

Trump Signs $716 Billion NDAA Into Law

President Donald Trump signed into law Monday H.R. 5155, the fiscal year 2019 John McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), authorizing a $716 billion budget, a pay raise for troops and a boost in military end strength. Vice President Mike Pence introduced the president on stage at Ft. Drum, N.Y., home of the Army’s 10th […]