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Stacey Kaper Stacy Kaper covers national security for National Journal. Previously Kaper covered financial services including the 2008 financial crisis and its resulting Wall Street reform law.
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Top GOP Senator: Iran Sanctions Bill Coming

December 18, 2013 Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, the lead Republican working on a bipartisan Iran sanctions bill, told reporters Tuesday that he's optimistic the measure will come out soon and that members involved can push it forward. "It's coming," he said Tuesday, after voting on an unrelated budget measure. "I was just ...

Graham Threatens to Block Defense Bill Over Iran Sanctions Vote

December 12, 2013 Lindsey Graham is typically one of the Senate's strongest supporters of the National Defense Authorization Act, but he threatened Wednesday to vote against the bill unless he is assured a vote on Iran sanctions. "My decision about the defense bill will be linked to whether or not we get a ...

Budget Agreement Eases Pentagon's Sequester Pain

December 11, 2013 The two-year budget agreement is a positive development for defense watchers -- mitigating about half the sequester cuts expected to gouge the defense budget in fiscal year 2014. The agreement, announced Tuesday night by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would ...

Budget Agreement Eases Pentagon's Sequester Pain

December 10, 2013 The two-year budget agreement is a positive development for defense watchers—mitigating about half the sequester cuts expected to gouge the defense budget in fiscal year 2014. The agreement, announced Tuesday night by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would provide $63 ...

Expect Kerry, Congress to Clash Over Fragile Iran Nuclear Deal

December 10, 2013 President Obama thinks his administration has won a key victory in striking a nuclear accord with Iran, and he’s asking his secretary of State to protect it. But when John Kerry comes to Congress on Tuesday in the hopes of persuading Congress to back the pact, he should count on ...

GOP Divide Could Stall Defense Bill

December 10, 2013 Wavering support from Republican leadership is threatening to derail a fast-track plan to pass a National Defense Authorization Act before the House leaves town Friday, a maneuver that would spare members the embarrassment of being the rare Congress that fails to pass the measure before year’s end. Leaders of the ...

Republican Discord Leaves Defense Policy Bill in Limbo

December 10, 2013 Wavering support from Republican leadership is threatening to derail a fast-track plan to pass a National Defense Authorization Act before the House leaves town Friday, a maneuver that would spare members the embarrassment of being the rare Congress that fails to pass the measure before year’s end. Leaders of the ...

Harry Reid in Hot Seat for Iran Sanctions Vote

December 6, 2013 Harry Reid is in the hot seat on the question of whether to allow a vote on Iran sanctions legislation, and it will only get hotter when the Senate returns from recess next week. The administration is unleashing a full-court press to sell its interim nuclear deal with Iran, and ...

Why the Senate May Do Nothing About Sexual Assaults in the Military

December 3, 2013 After many months, the mounting campaign to pressure lawmakers and the Defense Department to radically reform the military justice system is hitting a make-or-break moment. Highly anticipated Senate votes on the reforms are in doubt because of an impasse over the annual defense bill and flaring tensions over divisive changes ...

Military Justice Reform Is at a Make-or-Break Moment

December 3, 2013 After many months, the mounting campaign to pressure lawmakers and the Defense Department to radically reform the military justice system is hitting a make-or-break moment. Highly anticipated Senate votes on the reforms are in doubt because of an impasse over the annual defense bill and flaring tensions over divisive changes ...