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November 13, 2019 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith said partisan disagreement over how to address President Trump’s use of Pentagon money to fund the construction of a southern border wall continues to be the most contentious issue holding up the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill.

October 28, 2019 | Daily News

Congress, despite having agreed to a broad budget deal, has begun looking for stopgaps and schedule extensions for the defense spending and policy bills, which are already overdue and remain stalled amid partisan fighting over President Trump's use of military construction funds to build a southern border wall.

October 25, 2019 | Daily News

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) said today he will enter the race to be become the next ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee.

October 23, 2019 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) says the impeachment inquiry into President Trump's hold on Ukraine aid is "sucking all the oxygen out of the room" as lawmakers look to negotiate contentious issues in the defense authorization and appropriations bills, respectively.

October 22, 2019 | Daily News

A new task force established by the House Armed Services Committee expects to ask "tough questions" about the Defense Department's strategy, investments and structure for addressing future threats, with a heavy emphasis on China.

October 22, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy used the recent maintenance availability of the fast-attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758) to build a "digital twin" of its Hawaii-based public shipyard, an effort it plans to replicate elsewhere next year, according to two senior service officials.

October 15, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department will not comply with a subpoena from House committees seeking information related to an impeachment inquiry into President Trump and the decision to withhold U.S. military aid to Ukraine.

September 09, 2019 | Daily News

A partisan battle over President Trump’s efforts to divert Defense Department money to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is poised to snarl House and Senate negotiations over upcoming defense policy and spending bills, despite lawmakers having already reached a broad budget agreement.

September 03, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional staffers say they expect the Defense Department to begin fiscal year 2020 on a stopgap continuing resolution, despite lawmakers having already agreed to a broader bipartisan budget deal.

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.

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