The House Armed Services Committee held its first meeting of the 112th Congress on Thursday, approving new rules, an oversight plan, and announcing the leaders and members of subcommittees. Committee Chairman Buck McKeon said the panel will hold its first oversight hearing next week.
Top Pentagon officials defended Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ proposed multibillion-dollar cuts in military spending.
The chairman and the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services committee are determined to find a near-term way to pass a Defense Department budget, and not merely a continuing resolution, for fiscal year 2011, the panel’s top Democrat said Tuesday.
As part of the annual Defense authorization bill, House lawmakers will take up a provision designed to let federal employees gain experience and share expertise while working temporarily in other agencies.
The Pentagon says its spending plan acknowledges defense spending is on a downward trajectory, and reduces force structure in order to balance other priorities such as readiness. If sequestration stays in place, the calculus will change, Defense officials say.
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The House passed its version of the annual defense authorization bill Thursday, while the Senate’s is still a work in progress. Both versions mostly shun DoD’s proposals to cut costs during sequestration.
House and Senate negotiators finally shook hands Tuesday on a defense authorization bill both parties generally support and would enact some of the most sweeping and aggressive changes to the military’s personnel and acquisition systems in several decades.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Wednesday that he has advised President Barack Obama to veto the Defense Authorization bill Congress will vote on later this week for several reasons.
The Office of Management and Budget, the Homeland Security Department and the Office of Personnel Management decided not to testify during a classified briefing before the House Armed Services Committee when they found out the meeting would be on the record and transcribed.