Archive: Congressional/Budget


House Passes FY 2018 Defense Authorization Conference Report

After a brief floor debate, the House late Nov. 14 passed the $700 billion fiscal year 2018 defense authorization conference report by a 356-70 vote. Among Republicans, 229 voted for the legislation and seven voted against it. Among Democrats, 127 voted for the measure and 63 voted against it. Proponents hailed the conference report (H.R. […]


Lawmakers Agree To Space Revamp Without Space Corps

House and Senate negotiators have crafted a final version of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill that overhauls military space management but stops short of accepting a controversial House proposal to create a space corps in the Air Force Department. In a joint statement Nov. 8, Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) and Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), the […]

A Missile Defense Agency Ground-Based Interceptor is launched from Vandenburg Air Force Base, Calif. as part of Flight Test Ground-Based Interceptor (FTG)-15. Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

Administration Asks Congress for Billions More To Fund Extra Missile Defense, Ship Repairs, And Troops

The Trump administration sent Congress a set of Defense Department Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget amendments on Monday to increase funding for missile defense, repair damaged Navy ships, and increase Afghanistan troop levels. The letter introducing the request covers about $4 billion in additional efforts to defend against the threat of North Korean missiles through […]

Key Lawmakers In Talks To Keep Government Open When CR Expires

The chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees are discussing how to keep the government open after the current continuing resolution (CR) runs out Dec. 8, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Oct. 31. “We are in a four-cornered, bipartisan negotiation over how to fund the government, including the Trump […]

The Air Force in 2016 unveiled the name of the future B-21 bomber: the "Raider."  (Credit: Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

U.S. Nuclear Forces To Cost $1.2 Trillion Over 30 Years, CBO Estimates

Current plans to modernize, operate and sustain U.S. nuclear forces will cost about $1.2 trillion over the next three decades, according to a report released Oct. 31 by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Modernization will account for about $400 billion of that total, while operations and sustainment will take up the other $800 billion, the […]

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Reps. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.) hold a press conference on the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Congress Might Finish Defense Authorization Bill In Days

Leaders of a House-Senate conference committee expressed hope Oct. 25 that they will quickly wrap up negotiations on a final version of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), said that he is confident lawmakers can finish the compromise bill “within the next […]


Lawmakers To Begin Formal Talks On Final Defense Authorization Bill

House and Senate negotiators charged with writing the final version of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill plan to have their first formal meeting Oct. 25. While the session will occur behind closed doors, leaders of the House-Senate conference committee are scheduled to brief reporters beforehand. The House and Senate passed their versions of […]

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee

Sen. McCain Blasts Delay In Defense Spending Hike

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), chided the Senate Oct. 19 for considering a fiscal year 2018 budget resolution that delays a decision on whether to boost defense spending. The resolution, which is intended mainly to pave the way for tax reform legislation, would provide $549 billion for defense, […]


House, Senate Committees Approve Border And Cyber Security Bills

The House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday marked up a $15 billion authorization bill that would provide $10 billion for President Donald Trump’s security wall along the southern U.S. border, related infrastructure, and technology and air assets. The bill also provides another $5 billion for modernizing U.S. ports of entry. Debate over the Border Security […]

A Ground-based Midcourse Defense interceptor launch.
Photo: Missile Defense Agency.

DoD Seeks Funding Shift To Boost Missile Defense

The Department of Defense has asked Congress to approve shifting $416 million in previously approved funds to beef up missile defenses and other anti-missile efforts, a DoD official said Sept. 28. The reprogramming request would buy 20 more ground-based interceptor (GBI) missiles to counter long-range ballistic missiles, said Rob Soofer, deputy assistant secretary of defense […]