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Congress' Road to Recess Is Still Blocked Over Highway Funding

July 27, 2015 It's still a long road to recess. The House is expected to adjourn until after Labor Day this week, and the Senate could quickly follow suit if only members could figure out what to do about a highway bill. If only. They must send legislation to the president this week...

Senate Enjoys a Relatively Friendly Debate Over a Contentious Bill

July 13, 2015 Don't look now, but the Senate is actually having a constructive debate on a contentious issue. In an environment that has been tense and marked by bullying on everything from defense spending to trade policy to the fate of the Export-Import Bank, the Senate's debate over a carefully negotiated bipartisan...

As Deadline Nears, Highway Bill Still Stalled

July 13, 2015 Senate Republicans have just under three weeks left to conjure something out of nothing. That's the magic trick the majority is tasked with this week as it tees up a highway bill for floor votes with the current Highway Trust Fund authorization due to expire at the end of July....

Senate, House a World Apart When It Comes to Nukes

June 22, 2015 Iran may be on the path to developing nuclear weapons, and North Korea could be hoping to lob a missile directly at the United States one day. Still, the Senate's biggest defense hawk isn't pushing as hard as his House counterparts are for more robust nuclear development and missile defense....

Military Retirement Changes Could Cut Into New, Old Troops' Benefits

June 22, 2015 This one seems like a no-brainer. If this year's Senate Defense authorization bill gets enacted, soldiers like the now-famous "American sniper" Chris Kyle would be able to leave the military with something in their back pockets for retirement. Kyle had 10 years of service in the Navy and served four...

House Republicans Will Take Two Swats at the EPA This Week

June 22, 2015 Pope Francis's eminently quotable encyclical on the environment couldn't have been better timed for floor debate this week in the House, as the chamber takes two swats at the Environmental Protection Agency's controversial rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions for existing power plants. The rule forms the tentpole of President Obama's...

John McCain Wants to Change How the Military Buys Weapons

June 18, 2015 Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has two ideas for radically changing the way the Pentagon does its shopping. No. 1: Each new weapon or service contract should have one person, preferably a service chief, sign off on it and take responsibility for it from start to finish. No....

Most in the Military Get No Retirement-Savings Help. That Could Be Changing.

June 18, 2015 This one seems like a no-brainer. If this year's Senate Defense authorization bill gets enacted, soldiers like the now-famous "American sniper" Chris Kyle would be able to leave the military with something in their back pockets for retirement. Kyle had 10 years of service in the Navy and served four...

Pentagon Procurement Could See Dramatic Changes

June 18, 2015 Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has two ideas for radically changing the way the Pentagon does its shopping. No. 1: Each new weapon or service contract should have one person, preferably a service chief, sign off on it and take responsibility for it from start to finish. No....

Why John McCain Thinks the Days of Fighter Pilots Are Over

June 18, 2015 The days of the Navy fighter pilot are almost over—or at least they should be. That's the opinion of Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "We think that the Navy should be looking at drones to replace manned aircraft. I believe that the F-35 is the...