Archive: Congress

Senate Leadership Opposes Proposed $50 Billion Bridge Fund For Wars

By Jen DiMascio Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said yesterday he opposes the inclusion of a $50 billion bridge fund that would provide money for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "We’ll determine that before the end of the year. We’re not going to at this stage get into any bridges or anything dealing […]

Administration Sends $42.3 Billion Supplemental To Congress

By Jen DiMascio The president yesterday sent a $42.3 billion budget amendment to the war supplemental request to Capitol Hill. The budget amendment has been in the works since early September, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates discussed the potential request before the Senate Appropriations Committee in the middle of the month, but the request had […]

Rep. Lamborn Joins House Armed Service Committee

By Jen DiMascio Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) joined the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) last week to replace Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-Va.), who died recently after a battle with breast cancer. Last year, Lamborn replaced HASC heavyweight Rep. Joel Hefley (R) in the military-dominated fifth district of Colorado, which is home to installations including […]

House Panel Meets With Contractors To Discuss ‘Overhead Architecture’

By Jen DiMascio A House Intelligence subcommittee is holding a series of "tabletop" discussions with defense contractors in response to failures in the nation’s satellites and growing Russian and Chinese sophistication in space. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), the chairman of the House subcommittee on technical and tactical intelligence, said he is working with the office […]

Conference Committee Will Consider Another National Guard Stryker BCT, Senators Say

By Ann Roosevelt Key members of the Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) have agreed to discuss another Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) for the National Guard when the House-Senate Conference Committee on the Fiscal Year ’08 Defense Appropriations Bill meets to work out differences. Currently there is one National Guard SBCT, the 56th SBCT of the […]

Senate Adds $1 Billion To $17.5 Billion NASA Funding

Bush Threatens Veto Of Spending Measure The Senate added $1 billion to the roughly $17.5 billion NASA portion of a funding bill for fiscal year 2008 that began a week ago, but President Bush has threatened to veto the overall spending measure because it provides more funding than he requested. That Senate decision to bolster […]

Senate Likely To OK Nomination For Pentagon’s Top Weapons-Buying Position

By Jen DiMascio Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) yesterday gave every indication that it would support the nomination of John Young to be the Pentagon’s next top weapons buyer. If his nomination is approved, Young will take the helm of the Pentagon’s weapons shop, which is battling cost growth and schedule overruns […]

Senate Agrees To Defense Spending Bill

The Senate this week passed a bill to fund the defense department in fiscal year 2008. Just before the Senate agreed to the bill, the leaders of the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee agreed to consider in conference the need to provide additional Stryker Brigade Combat Teams for the National Guard. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) and […]

Senate Agrees To Amendment Directing Funding For

By Jen DiMascio Just before the Senate passed its version of the FY ’08 Defense Authorization Bill, the chamber agreed to an amendment that would make clear how funding for the Navy’s Virginia-class submarine should be spent. The concern, according to congressional and industry sources, is that because of differing marks on the bill, it […]