Some lawmakers are considering a full-year continuing resolution to fund the government next year, a makeshift measure that would fail to address defense cuts and hamper procurement of new ships, planes, and vehicles, critics say.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) said on Monday that he will support a Republican-authored budget that leaves spending caps on defense in place but will work to lift them later this year.
House Republicans said on Tuesday that they are attempting to keep deficit spending low while boosting a shrinking defense budget as they unveiled their budget proposal for 2016.
Sen. David Vitter (R., La.) said on Thursday that while he believes the Obama administration could be preparing to sign a dangerous nuclear deal with Iran, a legislative proposal that would demand congressional oversight of that agreement is misguided.
The United States military does not currently have the ability to fight two major wars simultaneously, according to a new report, a significant reduction from the capacity enjoyed by defense officials for decades.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army warned on Monday that mandatory budget cuts due to resume in fiscal 2016 would be devastating to a service that is already facing huge risks as it tries to keep forces ready for battle, replace aging equipment and respond to crises around the world.
An internal memo sent to active and retired Army generals says automatic budget cuts could cripple the army, the Washington Times reports.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) lambasted President Barack Obama during a national security speech in Washington, D.C., for drastic military cuts the president has made. Rubio also criticized the president’s Iraq and Syria policy, saying the United States should not rule out ground forces in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS).
The Treasury Department has published copies of checks written by President Barack Obama that show he did in fact take the $20,000 sequester pay cut as promised.