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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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Ryan Budget Calls for Return to Pre-Sequester Defense Spending

April 1, 2014 House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan laid out a budget vision Tuesday that goes beyond President Obama's request by ramping up defense spending beyond the caps in 2016 and restoring them by 2017. Ryan does this by taking from the nondefense side of the ledger and still reducing overall federal...

A Tale of Two Budget Wish Lists

March 20, 2014 Nobody in Washington is happy with the defense budget cuts coming next year. But the Pentagon and members of Congress each have their own ideas about how to spend any extra cash. The Pentagon is hoping to minimize the full impact of the budget cuts with some extra financial padding....

Senators Rekindle Debate After High-Profile Military Sexual-Assault Case

March 18, 2014 One court decision. Two polar-opposite conclusions. That's the story on Capitol Hill on Monday after sexual-assault charges in a high-profile case against an Army general were thrown out in military court under a plea deal for lesser violations. The case further fueled Democrats' intra-party fight over how to handle military...

The Debate Over Reforming Military Sexual Assault Is Not Over

March 17, 2014 One court decision. Two polar-opposite conclusions. That's the story on Capitol Hill on Monday after sexual-assault charges in a high-profile case against an Army general were thrown out in military court under a plea deal for lesser violations. The case further fueled Democrats' intra-party fight over how to handle military...

House Wants to Delay IMF Reform for Ukraine

March 13, 2014 Secretary of State John Kerry pleaded with lawmakers Thursday to pass Ukraine aid immediately. "We need aid for Ukraine, and we need it now," he said at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the State Department budget. During the hearing, California Democrat Brad Sherman, urged Kerry to pressure the...

Are Veterans Getting the Money They Deserve in Latest Budget?

March 13, 2014 Although budget requests are routinely dismissed as pie-in-the-sky wish lists doomed to be slashed, lawmakers fear that the Veterans Affairs Department actually might not be asking for enough money to meet its needs. Lawmakers have a long list of concerns about the VA in the latest budget go-round, in which...

Democratic Senator Blames White House in Failure of Military Sexual-Assault Bill

March 7, 2014 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand blamed the White House's lack of support for the failure of her sexual-assault bill in the Senate on Thursday, and she vowed to keep fighting to reform the military justice system. "I made my greatest case, I advocated for this position, this reform, and the president has...

Gillibrand's Military Sexual-Assault Bill Fails in Senate

March 6, 2014 The Senate voted down a crucial motion to proceed on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bill to combat sexual assault in the military, closing the door on the long-fought legislation for now. The vote wraps up several months of fits and starts on the controversial legislation. Gillibrand's bill would strip commanders of...

Military Groups Brace for Battle Against Higher Health Care Costs

March 5, 2014 The administration's push to shift more health care costs onto current military personnel and retirees met with resistance in Congress even before the details were revealed in the president's fiscal 2015 budget Tuesday. Now the Pentagon's proposal to cut costs by consolidating its three health care options under Tricare into...

Gillibrand Links Military Sexual Assaults to PTSD and Suicide

February 27, 2014 As Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand keeps hitting roadblocks in her effort to bring her military sexual-assault bill to a vote, she opened a new dimension in the debate Wednesday while continuing to apply pressure for her legislation. Gillibrand focused attention on the issue by convening a hearing on the relationship between...

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