Archive: Congressional/Budget

Senate Could Clear DoE to Start Developing New Nukes Without Congressional Clearance

The Department of Energy could be allowed to develop new nuclear warheads, or modify existing ones, without permission from Congress, after the Senate on Thursday defeated an amendment to its 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The version of the defense policy bill pending before the Senate would still authorize $65 million in 2019 spending […]

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House Appropriations Committee OKs FY 2019 Defense Bill

The House Appropriations Committee approved its $674.6 billion fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill by a 48-4 vote June 13, sending the measure to the full House for its consideration. The bill, which the committee’s defense subcommittee endorsed June 7, would buy 93 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 16 more than the Department of Defense requested, […]

Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Senate Dems Introduce Amendment to Strip Low-Yield Warhead From NDAA

A group of Senate Democrats led by Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) wants to strip funding for a new low-yield nuclear warhead out of the Senate’s 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and use the money to develop a plan to help verify North Korea’s nuclear disarmament, should that ever happen. Markey introduced his amendment to […]

A KC-46A test plane at Boeing Field in Seattle. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Senate Panel Wants Air Force To Study Optionally Unmanned Tankers

Concerned about growing threats to the U.S. Air Force’s manned refueling aircraft, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) has asked the service to explore alternatives, including optionally unmanned tankers. According to a newly released report explaining the committee’s fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill, the Air Force’s existing KC-135 Stratotanker and its new KC-46A Pegasus, which […]

Trident II missile being deployed. Photo: DoD.

Reed Vows NDAA Amendment to Keep Congress in Loop on New Warhead Development

Besides backing a new low-yield warhead and at least one more year of building a plutonium disposal plant, the Senate Armed Services Committee is pressing the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to exchange some weapons personnel with the Pentagon, in a bid to improve relations between the government’s major nuclear weapons agencies. That is according […]

The Littoral Combat Ship USS Freedom (LCS-1). Photo: U.S. Navy

House Appropriators Match Authorizers To Fund Three LCS

The House Appropriations Committee’s draft FY 2019 Defense Appropriations bill funds 12 Navy ships at $22.7 billion, including three Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs). This is nearly a billion dollars more than the Navy’s FY ’19 shipbuilding budget request of $21.9 billion (Defense Daily, Feb. 12). The appropriations panel released the subcommittee draft on Wednesday before […]

Two F-35A Lightning IIs from the 388th Fighter Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah, and three F-15C Eagles from the 493rd Fighter Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England, fly in formation during a training sortie over the United Kingdom, April 27, 2017. The F-35As first arrived at RAF Lakenheath on April 15, 2017, which marked it's first flying training deployment to Europe. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Roidan Carlson)

House Appropriations Bill Boosts F-35 Buy, Backs New JSTARS

The House Appropriations Committee (HAC) unveiled a $675 billion fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill June 6 that would buy 93 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 16 more than the Trump administration requested. The HAC’s proposed purchase of F-35s also represents a significant increase from the House and Senate FY 2019 defense authorization bills, which would fund […]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
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Senate Cancels Traditional August Recess To Ease Work Backlog

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced June 5 that his chamber will skip the traditional August congressional recess to work through a pile of appropriations bills and presidential nominations. “I think we have enough work to do for the American people that we should be here during these weeks,” McConnell told reporters.  McConnell attributed the […]

Air Force One is currently a Boeing 747-200B. Photo: White House.

Air Force Nixes Controversial Contract To Replace Air Force One Refrigerators

The U.S. Air Force, which faced congressional skepticism over a $24-million sole-source contract to replace the refrigerators on the Air Force One presidential jets, has decided to scrap the deal. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) in a May 29 letter that the service and White House Military Office have agreed […]

The U.S. Air Force's A-10. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force To Award Contract For New A-10 Wings Next Spring

The U.S. Air Force, which recently launched a competition to replace the wings on some of its aging A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support aircraft, plans to pick a winning bidder and award a contract in spring 2019, a service spokeswoman said May 30. The Air Force released a request for proposals May 25, setting an Aug. […]