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Senate panel boosts administration's Defense procurement request

June 23, 2004 By unanimous voice vote, the Senate Appropriations Committee quickly approved Tuesday a $416.2 billion fiscal 2005 Defense appropriations bill that includes $25 billion in emergency contingency funding for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan but which is $1.7 billion less than the Bush administration's $417.8 billion budget request. Appropriations Chairman Ted...

House, Senate clash over 'Buy American,' Boeing tankers

June 23, 2004 The Senate has drawn battle lines against the House on Air Force aerial refueling tankers and "Buy American" legislation for the upcoming conference on the fiscal 2005 defense authorization bill. The Senate Tuesday night adopted a manager's amendment that would restrict the administration's ability to acquire Boeing KC-767 tanker aircraft,...

Senate panel steers clear of debate on tanker funding

June 22, 2004 The Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee approved Tuesday a $416.2 billion fiscal 2005 Defense spending bill that includes $25 billion in emergency contingency funding for costs associated with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, but is $1.7 billion less than the Bush administration requested. Appropriations Committee Chairman Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, would not...

Senate likely to tackle Defense appropriations bill before recess

June 21, 2004 Both chambers are likely to be dominated by appropriations work this week, although the Senate could detour into class action legislation and the House will deal with intelligence authorization and budget enforcement measures. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., had planned to move to the class action bill after the...

Intelligence panel Democrats blast markup session

June 21, 2004 The House Intelligence Committee completed work on the fiscal 2005 intelligence authorization bill after a contentious, closed-door markup session last Wednesday that Democrats decried as an unprecedented partisan session. At a press conference Thursday, Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., said committee Democrats unanimously opposed reporting the bill (H.R. 4548), which she...

House panel quickly approves $416 billion defense bill

June 16, 2004 The House Appropriations Committee approved by voice vote Wednesday the fiscal 2005 Defense spending bill, approving about $416 billion in programs that includes $25 billion in emergency defense spending for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., said the bill "does involve an enormous amount...

Senate votes to require Pentagon oversight of Iraq contracts

June 15, 2004 The Pentagon, not private contractors, would oversee contracts for reconstruction projects in Iraq under an amendment approved by voice vote Monday in the Senate. Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota offered the amendment to the fiscal 2005 defense authorization bill to stop the Pentagon's...

House panel releases details on defense spending bill

June 10, 2004 The House Appropriations Committee, which is slated to mark up the fiscal 2005 Defense appropriations bill next week, released details Thursday on the version of the bill approved by the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee last week. The subcommittee bill contains $416.1 billion in spending, including $25 billion for costs associated with...

Pentagon: No timetable for review of overseas troop levels

June 10, 2004 Senior Bush administration officials have been promising for months to give lawmakers some estimate of the number of troops returning home from overseas in preparation for the upcoming 2005 Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, round. But during a background briefing Wednesday, senior administration officials said while a review of...

'Buy American' provisions to be targets of Senate defense debate

June 9, 2004 When the Senate resumes debate on the fiscal 2005 defense authorization bill next week, several members are expected to offer amendments to so-called "Buy American" provisions in the bill. Among approximately 160 amendments filed earlier this week is one by Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., to discourage the Pentagon from contracting...