Archive: Congress

House-Senate Lawmakers Mull Only $85 Million Cut In European BMD

House and Senate lawmakers are considering cutting only $85 million from a $310 million funding request by President Bush for the planned European Ground-based Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) program, a House source said. Published reports that the lawmakers intend to cut all $310 million and zero out the European GMD program are an incorrect interpretation […]

House Lawmakers Push For Nuclear-Powered Ship Requirement

By Jen DiMascio Without a commitment this year to mandate that future Navy cruisers should be powered by nuclear propulsion systems, Congress might miss its opportunity to make the change, the leaders of a House panel on Navy issues argue. Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) and Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of […]

Defense Bill Includes Billions For Force Protection Equipment

By Jen DiMascio Lawmakers have come to an agreement on a package to fund the Defense Department in fiscal year 2008 that includes billions for force protection equipment including $11 billion for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, the chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee said yesterday. The conference on the defense appropriations bill […]

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 […]