Archive: Congress

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.)

House Retains Technology Policy Proponents, Senate Loses Dem Cyber Legislators

The mid-term election results are expected to have a key impact on congressional cyber efforts, with the House retaining two of its largest digital policy proponents and the Senate losing two Democrats known for pushing cyber operations and supply chain security reform. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) handily beat Republican Salvatore Caiozzo and, with Democrats reclaiming […]

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HASC Leaders Make Appointments to Aviation Safety Commission

Both of the top two lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee have made their appointments to the eight-member blue-ribbon panel charged with studying an ongoing military aviation crisis. The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety was created by the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act to provide civilians oversight of an aviation readiness review being […]

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

Space Force Plan Could Fizzle Under HASC Democratic Leadership

With Democrats in charge of the House of Representatives come January, the path to President Trump’s coveted Space Force just got a little rockier. As Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) is expected to pivot from his position of ranking member for the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) to chairman after the results of the Nov. 6 […]

Members of the House Armed Services Committee markup the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. (Image: C-SPAN)

2018 Election Opens Up HASC, SASC Memberships

The results of the Nov. 6 midterm elections, from the Democratic takeover of the House to the extra GOP pickups in the Senate, will be reflected in the two chambers’ armed services committees. As of Wednesday afternoon, Democrats had taken control of 222 House seats and the Republicans control 196, with 418 out of 435 […]

Freewheeling Science Committee Fixture Rohrabacher Loses Reelection Bid

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s (D-Calif.) dead-on Ronald Reagan impersonation will ring no more in the halls of the Rayburn Office building in Washington. The 15-term Congressman — a cold warrior, russophile, Science Committee stalwart, and skeptic of NASA’s planned Space Launch System — lost his reelection bid Tuesday night. The 71 year-old Rohrabacher lost California’s 48th […]

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)

Inhofe Bill Would Provide $25 Billion For Trump’s Border Wall

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Thursday introduced legislation that would fully fund the $25 billion President Trump is seeking to erect new and replacement wall and barrier structures along the U.S. southern border with Mexico. To offset the $25 billion in proposed funding, Inhofe’s WALL Act would increase minimum fines levied on illegal border crossers, […]

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), House Armed Services Committee chairman, speaks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in 2015. Photo: CSIS

Defense Sectors Largely Contributing to House GOP Leaders

With the 2018 midterm elections just days away, national polls continue to weigh the possibility that Democrats may take the House, which would lead to a considerable shakeup of leadership, including the Armed Services and Appropriations Committees. But campaign fund information compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics shows that as of Oct. 17, defense […]

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) with Boeing Defense senior leaders Shelley Lavender and Leanne Caret in St. Louis in 2017 (Photo: Twitter)

Defense Contractors Hedging Their Bets in Key SASC Member Races

With the 2018 midterm elections less than a week away, defense contractors are funneling campaign contributions into incumbents sitting on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), while keeping an eye on possible surprise challengers. The armed services committees from both chambers are likely to see significant turnover in the next congress, regardless of the outcome […]

A Royal Saudi Air Force KC-130J Super Hercules aerial refueling tanker delivered to Saudi Arabia in 2016. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Bipartisan House Bill Pushes to End Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

A bipartisan House bill announced Oct. 23 aims to prohibit military sales and aid to Saudi Arabia, effectively immediately. Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.) is sponsoring a new bill co-signed by 20 lawmakers in the House that would ban the Defense Department from providing any assistance — to include security assistance, intelligence, training, equipment, maintenance, testing […]