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June 11, 2019 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said today he and his GOP colleagues have yet to decide whether they will support the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill slated for consideration tomorrow, but he does have plans to offer amendments that would increase total defense spending and block Democratic efforts to cut nuclear weapons programs.

June 06, 2019 | Daily News

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee is seeking information from the Navy about the industrial base's ability to achieve the service's current goal of a 355-ship fleet.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

House lawmakers want to explore options for folding the Missile Defense Agency into other Defense Department organizations and removing an exemption in place for 17 years that allows development and procurement of ballistic missile defense programs outside traditional weapon system acquisition rules.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

House lawmakers are proposing legislation that would force the Pentagon to identify the “preferred location” of a third missile defense site which the Missile Defense Agency would actually prefer not to build. The statutory provision could potentially nudge the Defense Department toward a future multibillion-dollar military construction project favored by members of Congress whose districts stand to benefit.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

The House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee is seeking to restrict funding for the Marine Corps' new heavy-lift helicopter program until the Navy briefs the full committee.

June 05, 2019 | Daily News

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee wants the Defense Department to conduct a new mobility capability requirements study, after the first review took a near-term look and recommended no change to current and air and sealift capacity requirements.

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee has agreed to defense authorization bill that would require the Defense Department's annual report on Chinese military strength include a new assessment of Beijing's overseas investments related to national security objectives.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

This week, for the first time in 10 years, the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking up its version of the defense authorization bill ahead of its House counterpart, a timing shakeup that has distinct pros and cons for lawmakers, according to former congressional staffers.

May 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Democrat-led House Appropriations defense subcommittee, still smarting from the Pentagon's recent unilateral budget transfers to build barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, has drafted a bill that would reduce and restrict the Pentagon’s future ability to reprogram funds.

May 01, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional committees are preparing to consider defense spending and authorization bills this month, but lawmakers have yet to reach a bipartisan budget deal to avert sequestration.

April 17, 2019 | Daily News

Speculation is mounting at the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill that President Trump will nominate acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan to the full position upon the conclusion of an inspector general ethics investigation, which government officials said is expected soon.

April 05, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional defense committees have approved $79 million in reprogramming funds for the Marine Corps’ new heavy lift helicopter, which is facing schedule delays due to technical problems.

February 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department's base budget would have to reach $735 billion by 2033 -- an 11 percent increase from the topline projected for 2023 -- if it is to cover the spending plan the Pentagon envisions, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

January 24, 2019 | Daily News

The leaders of the House Armed Services Committee held a brief organizational meeting today and -- in the midst of a partial government shutdown -- stressed their commitment to bipartisanship ahead of what promises to be a politically divisive year.

December 13, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) has instructed his financial adviser to no longer purchase any defense stocks after news broke he bought shares in Raytheon following a meeting with President Trump that led to a newly proposed boost in defense spending.

December 11, 2018 | Daily News

A new Congressional Budget Office report estimates the unit cost of a new fighter jet to replace the F-22 and F-15 C/D at about $300 million and projects the Air Force's yearly procurement spending on the new aircraft will peak in 2030 at about $9 billion in 2018 dollars.

November 27, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) has an ambitious list of priorities all built around a central line of effort -- increasing the defense budget, despite newly empowered Democrats and a White House looking for spending cuts to offset skyrocketing deficits.

November 19, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon is preparing a smaller budget following the wishes of the White House, but senior officials -- as well as GOP defense hawks -- hope to convince President Trump to approve additional spending, despite his administration's new taste for fiscal restraint.

November 14, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today came out in favor of a $733 billion total defense topline, putting him at odds with the White House, which has directed the Pentagon to plan for a $700 billion topline.

November 14, 2018 | Daily News

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), expected to become the next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said today he is considering negotiations with GOP defense hawks that could increase defense spending on conventional capabilities in exchange for cuts to the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

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