Archive: Congress

Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

Analysts: Two-Year Spending Deal Likely in New Congress

The next Congress will be split between a Democratic House and a Republican Senate, and analysts expect debates regarding budget spending caps for defense and domestic spending to begin early next year. Roman Schweizer, an analyst with the Cowen Washington Research Group, said in an email that another two-year spending deal is likely to occur […]

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee

HASC, SASC Members Still Counting Votes in Key Races

As of Wednesday evening, several races involving current Senate and House Armed Services Committee members remain in limbo after the Nov. 6 midterm elections. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) appears headed for a recount in his race against Republican state governor Rick Scott. As of deadline Wednesday, Scott’s lead remained within the state’s margin for triggering […]

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee. Photo from Facebook profile.

Expect More Budget Scrutiny With New HASC Leadership

When Democrats officially take control of the House in January 2019 following the Nov. 6 midterm elections, the House Armed Services Committee is likely to perform more fiscal scrutiny under likely chairman Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash). However, committee members will still push for their respective priorities, setting up potential battles for key programs. In an […]

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.)

House Retains Technology Policy Proponents, Senate Loses Dem Cyber Legislators

The mid-term election results are expected to have a key impact on congressional cyber efforts, with the House retaining two of its largest digital policy proponents and the Senate losing two Democrats known for pushing cyber operations and supply chain security reform. Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) handily beat Republican Salvatore Caiozzo and, with Democrats reclaiming […]

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HASC Leaders Make Appointments to Aviation Safety Commission

Both of the top two lawmakers on the House Armed Services Committee have made their appointments to the eight-member blue-ribbon panel charged with studying an ongoing military aviation crisis. The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety was created by the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act to provide civilians oversight of an aviation readiness review being […]

Falcon Heavy lifts off from Florida during its first flight Feb. 6, 2018. (Photo: SpaceX)

Space Force Plan Could Fizzle Under HASC Democratic Leadership

With Democrats in charge of the House of Representatives come January, the path to President Trump’s coveted Space Force just got a little rockier. As Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) is expected to pivot from his position of ranking member for the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) to chairman after the results of the Nov. 6 […]

Members of the House Armed Services Committee markup the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. (Image: C-SPAN)

2018 Election Opens Up HASC, SASC Memberships

The results of the Nov. 6 midterm elections, from the Democratic takeover of the House to the extra GOP pickups in the Senate, will be reflected in the two chambers’ armed services committees. As of Wednesday afternoon, Democrats had taken control of 222 House seats and the Republicans control 196, with 418 out of 435 […]

Freewheeling Science Committee Fixture Rohrabacher Loses Reelection Bid

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s (D-Calif.) dead-on Ronald Reagan impersonation will ring no more in the halls of the Rayburn Office building in Washington. The 15-term Congressman — a cold warrior, russophile, Science Committee stalwart, and skeptic of NASA’s planned Space Launch System — lost his reelection bid Tuesday night. The 71 year-old Rohrabacher lost California’s 48th […]

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)

Inhofe Bill Would Provide $25 Billion For Trump’s Border Wall

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Thursday introduced legislation that would fully fund the $25 billion President Trump is seeking to erect new and replacement wall and barrier structures along the U.S. southern border with Mexico. To offset the $25 billion in proposed funding, Inhofe’s WALL Act would increase minimum fines levied on illegal border crossers, […]