The Senate on Tuesday approved a one trillion dollar infrastructure package but an amendment to the bill to add $50 billion in defense infrastructure spending was blocked from receiving a vote. Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.; Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.; and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., introduced the amendment to the infrastructure bill.Read More »
Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) members started closed-door work on the annual defense authorization bill Wednesday and will consider adding another $25 billion to the White House’s proposed defense budget of $716 billion for fiscal year 2022 to fund the services’ unfunded priorities.Read More »
Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Chairman Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., ranking member of the Senate panel, have announced the leaders and members of seven SASC subcommittees for the 117th Congress. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., will chair the 12-member subcommittee on airland responsible for Army and Air Force planning and operations policy and programs.Read More »
Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., will assume leadership of the Senate Armed Services Committee once U.S. senators hammer out a power-sharing arrangement between the Democratic and Republican members of an evenly divided Senate. Reed will succeed Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and lead hearings the panel will hold to gather information about President Joe Biden's nominees for Department of Defense leadership positions.Read More »
The chairmen and ranking members of House and Senate Armed Services Committees have asked the Federal Communications Commission to retract its approval of Ligado Networks’ application saying the company’s proposal poses a threat to the country’s GPS capabilities, economy and national security.Read More »
Sens. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and Jack Reed, D-R.I., have announced the Senate Armed Services Committee's intention to conduct an early nomination hearing for David Norquist, a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient and President Trump's pick for deputy secretary of defense. SASC said Thursday that it will host the nomination hearing on Wednesday, July 24 to provide advice and consent.Read More »
The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the Trump administration's proposal to establish a Space Force as part of the panel's fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, the Hill reported Thursday. The $750 billion NDAA earmarks $72.4 million to establish the new military branch to operate under the U.S. Air Force and mandates the appointment of a Space Force commander.Read More »
President Donald Trump has met with Defense Secretary James Mattis and chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to discuss the administration’s plan to implement a $33B cut to the Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget, Defense News reported Tuesday. “I had a frank and productive conversation about our national security goals with the president," Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), SASC chairman, said in a statement.