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House Armed Services Committee

The U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, commonly known as the House Armed Services Committee, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives.

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Obama: Defense Veto Unless Vets Pay More For Health Care Posted 07/24/2013 06:52 PM ET Politics: A veto of the defense authorization bill is threatened unless the president gets his way. He wants health care insurance premiums and co-pays increased for troops and scheduled military pay raises to be reduced. Being used as photo-ops for presidential speeches and willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for your country apparently does not exempt our troops from the rising health care premiums that President Obama said, along with sea levels, would not rise under his administration. The next time a soldier hears "give me 50," it might be dollars and not push-ups. The White House has threatened to veto the 2014 Defense Appropriations Act in part because it does not increase premiums and co-pays associated with Tricare, the Pentagon's in-house health system, and because it proposes a 1.8% pay increase instead of the 1% the administration demands. Tricare, according to its website, "is the health care program ser ...
No one knows if there will be a race for the chairmanship of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) in the 114th Congress. But based on the chatter in defense circles on Capitol Hill and around Washington, the race is on.
Congress poised to take small step toward Guantanamo closing By Tom Curry Congress appears ready to make it a little easier to allow the U.S. to send Guantanamo Bay detainees back to their home countries in a move that inches President Barack Obama closer to his goal of shuttering the facility altogether. The House last week overwhelmingly approved a defense authorization bill that would loosen restrictions on transferring detainees from Guantanamo to countries other than the United States by allowing the U.S. more leeway in negotiating potential transfers with other nations. The Senate is set to vote on the measure this week. Closing the detention facility in Cuba is one of the marquee promises Obama has not yet been able to keep. He began his presidency by issuing an executive order that would have closed the Guantanamo prison where, 12 years after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, 160 terrorist suspects are still held. (On Sunday the Defense Department announced that it had transferred two det ...
You sit on the House Armed Services Committee. Don't cut the hard earned pensions of our military!
Here is the response I received from Congressman Enyart: Dear Kathryn: Thank you for your letter regarding H.J. Res. 59, the Bipartisan Budget Act and Pathway for Sustainable Growth in Medicare (SGR) Reform Act of 2013. I voted in favor of this legislation because it represents the best chance Washington has to come together and make progress for the good of our country. While it is imperfect, it represents a breakthrough in Congress- a bipartisan compromise that provides stability and certainty. This budget does not raise taxes on the middle class, protects Social Security and Medicare and it begins to dismantle the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester. Finally, it puts our government back on a path to long-term constructive policy-making. I have said repeatedly that we must end the harmful sequester. It is an ill-conceived plan that was instituted before I came to Congress, and we must end it. The budget bill begins to dismantle the sequester and its harmful effects, ensuring the governme ...
Wrapping up a massive piece on the early favorite to be the next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Stay tuned...
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Dear Friends, As Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), it is my responsibility to ensure that our brave servicemembers have the training and equipment they require; that our troops are receiving the benefits our country has promised; and that we provide for the common defense of America and our allies from global adversaries. This is made possible each year when Congress passes my committee's bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with strong bipartisan support to authorize money budgeted for the Department of Defense (DoD). But Congress has failed to act this year on Chairman Levin's and my bill, and the current one expires on Dec. 31. Time and again, the President and Senate Majority Leader Reid have neglected to prioritize America's national security and the support of our men and women in uniform. My committee has had the NDAA bill ready for debate since June of this year, but Reid delayed bringing it to the Senate floor until days before Thanksgiving recesses. He ...
House Approves 1 Percent Pay Raise for Troops By Kellie Lunney The House on Thursday approved legislation that ensures troops will receive a 1 percent pay raise in 2014 and authorizes a range of other military compensation. The fiscal 2014 National Defense Authorization Act does not contain specific language increasing basic pay for military members next year, which means President Obama’s recommendation of a 1 percent bump will take effect. The bill passed by a vote of 350-69. “The NDAA supports current law, which is intended to ensure pay for our troops keeps pace with the civilian sector, but provides the president with latitude to make exceptions by executive order,” stated a Dec. 9 bill summary from the House Armed Services Committee. “The NDAA neither affirms nor rejects the president’s decision.” Since Congress did not offer an alternative, or prohibit an across-the-board raise, the president’s recommendation will take effect. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the fiscal 2014 Nation ...
Read former WPSR president Dave Hall's open letter to the House Armed Services Committee about Trident subs
RINO chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, led the fight to kill the sequester.
Reading A.S. Erickson testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on China's naval modernisation
Bill Could Mean $200 Million For Guam Military Buildup HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News/PIR, Dec. 11, 2013) — U.S. House of Representatives and Senate Armed Services Committee negotiators have struck an agreement to pass a defense spending bill that could include unlocking at least $200 million in funding for the military buildup projects on Guam. Progress toward building a Marine base on Guam has been stuck following certain U.S. senators' successful push—as part of previous fiscal years' defense spending laws—to require that a master plan covering the realignment of U.S. troops in Japan and the transfer of some of them to Guam, Hawaii and Australia must be completed before the Defense Department can get the funding authorized for the bulk of military buildup projects on Guam. With the agreement reached by Senate and House committee negotiators yesterday, Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo's office voiced optimism. The compromise defense spending bill, if passed into law, according to the delegate ...
WASHINGTON -- The Senate and House Armed Services committees have reached a deal that would, for the first time, loosen restrictions that impede the Pentagon's ability to transfer Guantanamo detainees to foreign countries, making it slightly easier for the Obama administration to pursue the presiden...
Here's statement on his vote in favor of the $625 B defense authorization act:
For an area who’s congressman serves on the House Armed Services Committee, Barber should save the A-10. Right committee, wrong guy.
On the House Floor w/ colleagues from the Armed Services Committee to support passage of the National Defense Authorization Act
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House Armed Services Committee fact sheet on new Defense Authorization Bill.
I will testify before the House Armed Services Committee on the lack of and need for a U.S. strategy toward China on Wednesday 11 December
>>House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R.-Calif.) says the DoD needs to reform its pensions like GM did (lump sum payout)
Congressman Garamendi Alarmed by Air Force Suggestion that KC-10 Fleet on Chopping Block Due to Austerity Budgeting Nov 26, 2013 Issues: Economy, Foreign Policy, Military and Veterans SUISUN, CA – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), a Member of the House Armed Services Committee who represents Travis and Beale Air Force bases and the communities they support, today expressed alarm after the Air Force suggested that budget shortfalls are jeopardizing the KC-10 fleet. During a teleconference with an Air Force civic leaders group, General Paul Selva, Commander of Air Mobility Command, last night said that the Air Force would be proposing the elimination of the KC-10 fleet in its FY 15 budget proposal. That proposal is likely to be announced in February 2014. “The era of austerity and sequestration is directly imperiling our national security,” said Congressman Garamendi. “The KC-10 Tankers are a vital national security asset, helping with aerial refueling and logistical support in almost ev ...
Congressional Research Service report in regards to the Okinawa relocation of US Marines. This really pisses me off. Back in 2010 during the Okinawa-Guam Military Buildup, we gathered 10,000 comments on the Environmental Impact Statement, thousands upon thousands of petition signatures, and they call local concerns minimal? // Local Concerns. Related, there has been an issue of whether policymakers have addressed Guam’s concerns about the scope and pace of the construction, as expressed by the local people or their elected officials. For example, at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on February 3, 2010, Guam’s Delegate Madeleine Bordallo urged Secretary Gates to take into account the concerns of the local community that the buildup would be “done right,” including in the impact on the environment. Senator Webb visited Tokyo, Okinawa, and Guam in February 2010, in part to listen to various people about the U.S. realignment in the region. He also urged a more open discussion about the ...
Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa & members of House offer condolences to the Ambassador.
North Korea is prepared, probable target the USA. Iran is not far behind and has already told the world its intentions. Ambassador R. James Woolsey and Dr. Peter V. Pry Ambassador R. James Woolsey is former Director of Central Intelligence and Co-Chair of the EMP Coalition; Dr. Peter Vincent Pry served on the Congressional EMP Commission, the House Armed Services Committee, and the CIA, and is author of the books Apocalypse Unknown and Electric Armageddon both available from CreateSpace.com and Amazon.com ► More from this writer (For photo of Dr. Pry, click opeds in the menu on the top of the main page.) Four days before Halloween, on Sunday morning, October 27, 2013, terrorists in Mexico's Michoacan state blacked out the electric grid, leaving some 420,000 powerless and thirteen dead. That same Sunday night, National Geographic aired the docudrama American Blackout. This fictionalized account of a cyber attack on the electric grid depicts some of the horrific consequences of a nationwide blackout in th ...
Yes. We have one like that in the Texas 13th Congressional District. His name is Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), and he serves on the House Armed Services Committee. Now, how's that for hypocrisy? It's time to throw the hypocrites out of office in 2014!
wrong. There were extensive testimonies at the House Armed Services Committee.
. Buck McKeon (R) Chairman if the House Armed Services Committee even said there was no 'stand down' order given. Look it up!
WASHINGTON- Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the...
ALLEN WEST: CONGRESS MUST PROBE MILITARY FIRINGS Sees trend of relieving hundreds of senior officers as orchestrated from Oval Office AP (by F. Michael Maloof, WND) -- Former Florida Congressman Allen West is calling for congressional oversight hearings into what he describes as an “alarming trend” of dismissals and firings of high-ranking military officers by the Obama administration, firings that in a number of cases appear to be political. While he wouldn’t assign a particular reason for the high rate of dismissals – and he declined to label them a “purge” – West in an exclusive WND interview said oversight hearings need to be convened to determine why so many officers are being removed. West, who as congressman served on the House Armed Services Committee, said he recently had been in contact with Committee Chairman Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon – calling for hearings “to determine exactly why” so many officers, especially senior officers, are being given the boot. “McKeon needs ...
Not true. Go look up the House Armed Services Committee testimony about Benghazi.
House Armed Services Committee member Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ), will not seek re-election in 2014:
Lawmakers: Shutdown More Harmful To Military Than Sequestration, Summer Furloughs Megan Eckstein and Mike McCarthy: As damaging has sequestration has been to the military, with its arbitrary cuts causing backlogs of maintenance, administrative work and more, the government’s shutdown could prove more damaging if it is not ended soon, House Armed Services Committee member Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) said. Courtney said Oct. 2 that he had been in touch with three major military installations in and near his district--the Naval Submarine Base New London, the Coast Guard Academy and the Army National Guard’s Windsor Locks Armory. “As usual, given a mission they’re going to make it work,” he said of the installations’ leadership. “But it’s hard to imagine that it’s not going to erode the readiness of the base over time if this thing drags on.” Asked about the impact if the government shutdown--caused by the House and Senate being unable to agree on a mechanism to fund the government before ...
"[If sequestration continues in FY 2014], the Army will begin to convene boards to separate up to one third of the Captains from Year Groups 2007, 2008, and 2009, the majority of whom have served multiple deployments in combat. The loss of experienced manpower will negatively impact short-term readiness and is likely to impact future recruitment and retention." - GEN Raymond T. Odierno Statement to House Armed Services Committee on 18 September 2013
Fighting the fight to keep the A-10C Thunderbolt II ("Warthog") operational: U.S. REP. RON BARBER LEADS CHARGE TO SAVE A-10 THUNDERBOLT II Sep 20, 2013 Press Release Congressman builds bipartisan coalition calling attack plane 'combat-proven workhorse' WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, in a bipartisan letter signed by eight colleagues, urged the Air Force not to divest itself of the A-10 Thunderbolt II, calling the attack jet "a combat-proven workhorse" that "provides a critical capability." Barber, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, also spoke on the floor of the house this week, calling the A-10 "unsurpassed in its ability to provide close air combat support for our troops on the ground." Video of those remarks can be seen here: A-10 is the main aircraft stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, where the 355th Fighter Wing flies 82 of the planes. But because of across-the-board indiscriminate spending cuts known as sequestration, which Barber has adamantly opposed, the Air Fo ...
Hearing from the Honorable Howard P. McKeon, Chairman of the US House Armed Services Committee at the NGAUS...
Service chiefs detail 2014 sequestration effects American Forces Press Service, 19 Sep 13 Cheryl Pellerin WASHINGTON (AFPS) -- One after another yesterday in a hearing before a House panel, the nation's service chiefs described how severe budget cuts required by law in fiscal year 2014 would slash their forces, capabilities and readiness and raise security risks to the American people. The House Armed Services Committee heard testimony on planning for sequestration in fiscal 2014 from Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos. Sequestration is the name for a decade-long series of severe budget cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 that amount to $470 billion taken from defense spending in addition to an equivalent cut that already was planned. In fiscal 2013 the cuts, implemented only in the last half of the year and leading to six furlough days for DOD ...
Rep. questions members of the House Armed Services Committee on how to protect the great strides made by...
Does Anyone Care About The Fate Of The US Military? by Daniel Goure in Early Warning Blog The Joint Chiefs of Staff testified before the House Armed Services Committee that if sequestration continues, they could not say with confidence that the US military could successfully handle even one serious conflict! Not a war on the Korean Peninsula, a conflict over the Strait of Hormuz, the defense of Japan or Taiwan from attack or even meet our obligations under the NATO Treaty to defend Europe. […] Was this story on the front page of the nation’s major newspapers? No. Was it a lead story by the morning television news programs? It was not. Did talk radio bring it up? Not as far as I could tell, channel surfing today. America is disarming and no one, including the Commander in Chief, seems to care. Remember, sequestration was a White House idea. When his military commanders tell Congress they will not be able to defend this country if sequestration continues, you would think it would be worth at least a men ...
The House Sequestration Hearing: The service chiefs testified in the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesd...
September 18, 2013 - Today on Sean Hannity: 5:05pm - Senator Mike Lee of Utah. 5:35pm - Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice and Lanny Davis. 6:05pm - Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Buck McKeon
Responsibility to Protect?. During his opening statement before last week's House Armed Services Committee...
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Military chiefs questioned about spending: WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the House Armed Services Committee is...
House Armed Services Committee hearing opens with a moment of silence for victims of Navy Yard shooting.
Military Leaders will testify today before the House Armed Services Committee on sequestration planning for...
Chairman of House Armed Services Committee fires back at Putin on Syria.
HOLD IT- The House Armed Services Committee is holding hearings tomorrow over the impact of defense cuts? .
House Armed Services Committee wants answers on measures at U.S. installations
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, questioned Secretary of State John Kerry about proposed United States military intervention in Syria during a hearing. Below are her questions as prepared for delivery.
Cong. Palazzo to Sec. John Kerry in this morning's House Armed Services Committee hearing: "America's not buying what you're selling. Here are the Congressman's remarks from the hearing: “There is no national will to engage the United States into Syria at this time. Why? I don’t have all the reasons why, but what I hear the most is that there’s no direct threat. There’s no upside. There’s no win, there’s no strategy, there’s no vision, there’s no trust. And the list goes on and on. “I’ve done my job. I’ve reviewed the evidence, I’ve heard from the Administration, and I’ve weighed the risk. I’ve looked at the pro’s and con’s. But more importantly, I’ve heard from Mississippians, my constituents of Mississippi’s Fourth Congressional District, and ninety-eight percent of them say no. And I agree. I’m a no as well. … “America’s just not buying what you’re selling at this time.”
Lt. Col. Allen West interviews Rep. Buck McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. They discuss the...
Col. West in his old seat in the House Armed Services Committee hearing room, preparing to interview...
House Armed Services Committee chairman says the White House has assured him that there is no "zero option" for leaving
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 3, 2013 CONTACT: J.P. Duffy or Darin Miller, (866) FRC-NEWS or (866) 372-6397 FRC to Join Capitol Hill News Conference Urging Restoration of Religious Freedom in the Military, to Release New Report on Religious Hostility July 03, 2013 WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Tuesday, July 9, 2013, Family Research Council (FRC), a coalition of groups concerned about religious liberty, and Members of Congress, will participate in a Capitol Hill news conference urging support for Rep. John Fleming's (R-LA) military religious freedom amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment protects the right of service members to not only hold religious beliefs but to act on them and speak about them. The House Armed Services Committee adopted the amendment last month to address growing religious hostility within the military. Rep. Fleming's amendment has found bipartisan support in the House, but the Obama administration issued a statement expressing strong opposition to the amendment. A s ...
The Hill House panel denies cuts to Army network: The House Armed Services Committee is blocking the Pentagon. ...
News: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (NY) office called—she sent our report language to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to get a Senate “score” of the report language. The “score” tells us how much our proposal will cost the taxpayer. Our score came back at zero cost—what we have been saying all along is correct: Kaitlyn’s Law comes at NO COST to the taxpayer! That was the good news. The bad news is that the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) changed the language of the bill completely-to the point that it will help NO ONE! SO we really need help RIGHT NOW to call the House and let them know that (1) We want our Bill, HR 1705 'Kaitlyn's Law' to be supported and (2) We want the House report language to be the exact same as the Senate report language that was scored at ZERO. That language was our original language when the bill was introduced and it reads: “Current law requires that rehabilitative therapy provided pursuant to subsection (a)(17) of Section 1077 of title 10, United St ...
While we're at it, let's put the finishing touches to yet another of the GOP's zombie scandals. During closed-door testimony to the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, Lt.
General Carter Ham To Finally Testify About Benghazi General Carter Ham is scheduled to testify to the House Armed Services Committee on June 26 at a classified briefing about his knowledge of events that took place when the attack on the U.S. Consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya happened last September, reports Fox News' Greta Van Susteren
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General Carter Ham scheduled to testify today at House Armed Services Committee about 'stand down' order in Benghazi.
HAPPENING NOW: General Ham testifying in A CLOSED HEARING to the House Armed Services Committee.
~ General Carter Ham is testifying before the House Armed Services Committee today. Can't wait to hear about the stand down order.
About to sit in on a house armed services committee meeting!
House Armed Services Committee voted to give Pentagon authority to begin construction on East Coast missile shield--operational by 2018
Dear Friends: The truth remains hidden. Next week the House Armed Services Committee will begin hearings on Benghazi that will question key military leaders about their actions on the night of the attack. The problem: The hearing is closed to the public! It's time to stop denying the truth. A U.S. Ambassador and heroic Navy SEALs are dead, the Obama Administration is completely engulfed in scandal, and the credibility of our government is on the line. The time to take action is NOW. OPSEC's on-going effort to change the course of events on Capitol Hill is succeeding, but the prolonged battle has left us in desperate need of additional funds to sustain our efforts at full strength. Can you help us? OPSEC is an organization of retired Special Operations Navy SEAL, Green Berets, CIA, and Intelligence community professionals -- these are people who know something about credibility. They bore the security of the world's greatest nation on their shoulders and, time after time, our safety depended on their credi ...
It’s something I’ll continue to fight for in my role on House Armed Services Committee. (3/4)
After receiving this from the Secular Coalition for America: The Secular Coalition for America is thankful to all of the representatives who supported the amendment and would like to give a special thanks to Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) who sponsored today’s amendment on the House floor and Congressman Robert Andrews (D-NJ) who sponsored a similar amendment last week in the House Armed Services Committee. I visited the campaign web site for each congressman and made a donation and now today I called their offices and thanked them saying they have a fan in Tennessee.
On June 26th, the House Armed Services Committee will hear critical testimony from US military commanders who had...
House Armed Services Committee: "We will need 'uptick' of 20% in shipbuilding accounts to meet projected force structure requirement goals."
House Armed Services Committee: "To our knowledge, we have not received an Unfunded Requirements List from the Department of Navy."
I will pray to what ever God I choose Mr Obama Is this America? Obama Violates First Amendment The Family Research Council in Washington, DC publishes the Tony Perkins’ Washington Update online and in its June 13, 2013 article “Furloughing Faith” Perkins states that Obama knows he can’t outright veto the First Amendment to our United States Constitution, so he sneaks around it by refusing all military personnel their God given right to use it. In the article referred to above, Perkins explains that Louisiana Representative John Fleming, Jr., a medical doctor and U. S. Navy veteran serving U. S. Marines at Camp Pendleton, CA had filed a religious freedom amendment with the U. S. House Armed Services Committee, which passed with bipartisan support. As Perkins stated,“Nothing about Fleming’s measure is controversial, unless you object to Americans’ rights as outlined by the U.S. Constitution. In his (Obama’s) most combative move yet, the administration warned Congress yesterday that it stron ...
NSA oversight has become a real turkey in the Zio-Congress...National Security Agency (NSA) sources have told us how congressional oversight of the activities of the agency works in practice. The Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Dutch Ruppersberger, who also sits on the House Armed Services Committee, is NSA's favorite member of Congress. Not only does Ruppersberger have influence over the budget of the NSA as a major component of the intelligence community but he also helps determine the budgets of NSA's military component, the Central Security Service, and the U.S. Cyber Command, which are both part of the Defense Department. Ruppersberger's congressional office has received complaint after complaint from NSA employees about how the agency has all but trashed U.S. Signals Intelligence Directive 18 (USSID 18), long the "bible" of how NSA operators and analysts were to handle inadvertent collection of the phone calls and other communications of "U.S. persons," defined as ...
Morning web question: The House Armed Services Committee has voted to adopt a new common uniform for all branches of the military. Right now, each branch has a different pattern of camouflage. What do you think? Should the branches come together with one uniform or retain separate identities with different patterns?
Last week, the House Armed Services Committee passed legislation that addresses rising sexual assaults in the U.S. military. The bill included provisions introduced by Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and outlined
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The top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee in a letter to President Obama on Tuesday praised the president’s renewed commitment to close the Guantanamo Bay prison but urged Obama to appoint a senior official charged with working to close the facility. “I write to add my strong support to...
Y'all remember the Superbowl Dodge Truck commercial featuring the late Paul Harvey, and his reading (long ago, and voiced-over for the commercial) of "God Created a Farmer?" Well, that was a pretty good commercial. In fact, it seemed to be the hands-down favorite of all the 2013 commercial spots. So, a few months ago, an Air Force chaplain penned a poem, borrowing from the "Farmer" poem, entitled "God Created a First Sergeant." It is a nice, uplifting poem, acknowledging the role Firsties play in the lives of both junior enlistees and junior officers. A video project was made, and it is nice, and pleasant to watch. But the Pentagon has banned it. “Proliferation of religion is not allowed in the Air Force or military,” wrote the chief of the Air Force News Service Division in an email obtained by Fox News. “How would an Agnostic, Atheist or Muslim serving in the military take this video?” See (hat tip to weaselzippers.us). This is pathetic. When will the House Armed Services Committee drag th ...
The House Armed Services Committee wants the U.S. military to end a relatively recent trend of creating camouflage patterns for each service. Committee members voted 32-20 to require the services t...
HASC OK's Weapons Changes, Shields MEADS and JSF — The US House Armed Services Committee is calling for changes to ship, vehicle and missile-defense plans while rejecting to limit JSF funding in FY2014 or terminate participation in MEADS. Amendments to its earlier version of the Pentagon policy legislation increase the cost cap for Ford-class carriers, restrict funding for Strykers and further fund MEADS. (The US does not plan to deploy MEADS but will continue work on it as a “Proof of Concept” in part to avoid substantial contract termination fees and to appease the German and Italian partners.) A failed amendment called for banning funding for new JSFs until SecDef certifies that all testing on the 2B software is complete, problems with helmets and other systems have been fixed and contracts for LRIP- 6 and 7 are definite; the measure was rejected by 10-51.
Military occupations could not be opened to women if they have gender-specific performance and physical standards under legislation to be considered Wednesday by the House Armed Services Committee.
Chair of House Armed Services Committee has a brother and nephews lobbying for defense contractors
House Armed Services Committee identifies solid state laser research as 'items of special interest'
You're on the House Armed Services Committee. Protect FREE SPEECH for you MARINES!
Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee enters defence lobby game
Why not invite House Armed Services Committee chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA), who ruthlessly covered it up for over a year?
President Obama should come clean with the American people about what exactly happened in Benghazi, according to the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Representative Buck McKeon (R-CA).
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, discussed a recent Pentagon report that found 26,000 people in the military were sexually assaulted last year, as well as her own legislation, the STOP Act (Sexual Assault Training Oversight & Prevention Act) that would overh...
The congressman is California's Duncan Hunter. The four-star general is Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno. Their fireworks went off at an otherwise tame House Armed Services Committee hearing.
I am at a House Armed Services Committee hearing with General Odierno and Secretary McHugh to examine the Army's 2014 budget request.
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CNO addresses House Armed Services Committee on the importance of the moving forward.
KUAM: Hearings continue in DC on FY2014 budget: During today's House Armed Services Committee h...
House Armed Services Committee held moment of silence to honor Boston victims, at start of defense authorization hearing
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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel came under fire from the House Armed Services Committee this week over the...
Dempsey testified before the House Armed Services Committee to give his assessment of Obama's proposed fiscal year 2014 budget.
It was supposed to be "classified" info but was read at the House Armed Services Committee hearing 😧
"Mattis was looking at Iran as the No. 1 threat in his (region)," said Rep. Duncan Hunter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Watch this NEW YORK Senator tear it up during the Senate House Armed Services Committee ... what a dramatic...
The Obama administration will release its 2014 budget more than two months late on April 8, according to congressional sources. Pentagon officials have informed the House Armed Services Committee that the budget is coming on April 8, said Claude Chafin, a committee spokesman.
HMC News via HNN: HONOLULU - The commander of U.S. military forces in the Pacific thinks the fiscal cliff spending cuts will hit harder in Hawaii because of local costs and the regional mission. Admiral Samuel Locklear testified Tuesday before the House Armed Services Committee in Washington before flying back to Honolulu for a Wednesday joint hearing in the Hawaii Legislature. Locklear told members of Congress the cuts, especially the one-day-a-week furloughs planned for civilian employees of the Defense Department, will have a major impact in Hawaii. He cited the high cost of living in Hawaii will make 20 percent pay reductions bite harder for the 38,000 civilian DOD employees in the Pacific, many of them resident in Hawaii. And he said the timing is bad because it comes as the Defense Department is "rebalancing" forces, shifting more operations to the Pacific region. "These funding cuts will challenge our ability to execute both discreet operations and the broader Indo-Asia-Pacific rebalance strategy," ...
Budget Uncertainty Threatens Asia-Pacific Rebalance By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, March 5, 2013 – Sequestration and budget uncertainties are already impacting U.S. Pacific Command’s operations and loom “like an avalanche” that could ultimately undermine the U.S. rebalance to Asia-Pacific in accordance with the new U.S. strategic guidance, the top commander in the region told Congress today. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III told the House Armed Services Committee unpredictability in the budget process has “limited our flexibility to manage and have the potential to undermine our strategic rebalance momentum, as our ability to operate and maintain our force is at increased risk.” Locklear emphasized that Pacom will continue to work with the services to preserve the homeland defense and crisis-response capabilities within forward deployed forces. But the impact, he said, extends across the command’s mission areas: its ability to provide credible deterrence; to provide ...
Today I testified before the House Armed Services Committee to outline the readiness impacts of sequestration and the lack of an appropriations bill. The following is my opening statement:
We all lose if the sequester goes into effect, and the sequester is just days away. In the House Armed Services Committee yesterday, I inquired of General Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff for the US Army, about the impact of the potential cuts to military installations in our area. Congress shouldn't recess- we must work around the clock to stop the disastrous mess created by the previous Congress.
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A Review of sexual misconduct by basic training instructors at Lackland Air Force Base House Armed Services Testimony of TSgt Jennifer Norris, USAF Ret I was especially inspired by Massachusett’s Congresswoman Niki Tsongas’ piece in the Huffington Post, “A Cultural Change is Needed.” Shortly after testifying in front of an almost empty House Armed Services Committee hearing room, on my way to an old Air Force pal’s house, I learned that the combat exclusion policy on women in the military was lifted. I was ecstatic because this is a piece of that culture change that is necessary to help us gain the respect that we deserve and work hard for. This organizational change will in fact put us on equal footing eventually by allowing us the opportunity to be full-fledged warriors as opposed to support and in some cases even morale. Let me be clear, while important, current reforms will not fundamentally solve the epidemic of rape and assault within our military. It will not address the culture of bl ...
The House Armed Services Committee finalized its committee spots. In the 113th, I am honored to continue serving as the Ranking Member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee to help address the unique challenges facing our service members and their families. I will also serve as a senior member of the Intelligence,Emerging Threats, and Capabilities Subcommittee.
Apparently, few members of the House Armed Services Committee bothered to attend the Lackland sex abuse scandal hearing
Nominee for the position of secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, to be grilled about his views on Israel, Iran, defense budget cuts and Syria during House Armed Services Committee hearing scheduled for Thursday.
Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA-9), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, visited HQ NORAD and...
stat of day: 62 = number of members of the House Armed Services Committee
House Armed Services Committee raises national security concerns over sale of battery maker to Chinese company.
House Armed Services Committee home page. LOL, love Republicans whining about cuts. You brought it on yourselves, guys.
Hunter unveils bill to protect military pay By Rick Maze - Staff writer Posted : Tuesday Jan 15, 2013 15:50:36 EST A California lawmaker is collecting cosponsors for a bill he plans to introduce that would prevent military paychecks from being delayed if the U.S. government runs into cash flow problems. In response to a statement made Monday by President Obama that military paychecks could be one of the things not paid if Congress doesn’t increase the $16.3 trillion limit on U.S. debt, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., said he aims to try and protect military pay. “There are different ways the debt ceiling fight can play out but regardless of what happens in the coming weeks, the men and women of the military, who are defending our freedom, and anyone serving in a combat zone, should be able to take comfort in knowing they will get a paycheck,” said Hunter, a Marine combat veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and now sits on the House Armed Services Committee. Hunter said he doesn’t believe that ...
By serving on the House Armed Services Committee teabagger RepGriffin assured his own promotion to National Guard Lt Col.
Note: Additional FAA costs (Taxpayer Funded) for possible relocation and or addition of radar facilities Testimony – Statement of Nancy Kalinowski PrintJune 29, 2010 Statement of Nancy Kalinowski, Vice President for System Operations Services Before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Readiness on the Impact of Wind Farms on Military Readiness - Chairman Ortiz, Congressman Forbes, Members of the Subcommittee: Thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today. My name is Nancy Kalinowski and I am the Vice President of System Operations Services for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In that capacity, I am charged with overseeing the process by which we evaluate the impact of proposed construction on the navigable airspace. Any proposed structure that could potentially interfere with navigable airspace must be evaluated by my office. The evaluation results in an agency finding of whether the proposed structure is a hazard for air navigation. During the evaluation, our Obstr ...
US Pacific Strategy: some comments from US Representative Colleen Hanabusa (is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. She represents Hawaii's 1st Congressional District. Congress and the New Pacific Strategy - Setting Policy by Acquisition An uncertain future and looming budgetary constraints raise legitimate questions about what the US military will look like years down the road. The United States has invested vast amounts of time and resources in working out an answer, be it through the Quadrennial Roles and Missions Review, the Quadrennial Defense Review, the Navy's 30-year Shipbuilding Plan, or simply the defense authorization put forth every year. These documents offer insight, but no definitive answer. As General Peter Chiarelli, then vice chief of the Army, once put it, "We have been one hundred percent right in something, and that's never getting anything right." The role of Congress in this equation is to provide oversight on what the Pentagon wants to fund now, and we must consider care ...
Marc Veasey, Pete Gallego, Joaquin Castro get named to House Armed Services Committee via
Conflict in Eastern discussed in House Armed Services Committee; Watch the C-SPAN Video
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Abercrombie: Rep. Hanabusa occupies a key position on the House Armed Services Committee. "Vital" for that to continue.
Abercrombie just said that he wanted Hanabusa to remain on the House Armed Services Committee.
Ben Affleck visits Capitol to testify on Congo before House Armed Services Committee by
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Dan Maffei appointed to serve on House Armed Services Committee |
Noem gains seat on House Armed Services Committee, stays on Agriculture
to Allow STOP Act to be Heard in House Armed Services Committee via
FROM KVEL: Rob Bishop invited by CA Congressman Buck McKeon to reinstate his seniority position on House Armed Services Committee.
On today's edition of The Morning Briefing: Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Committee; Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HA); Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA); and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX). Serving up a Congressional smorgasbord for you today. Tuck in.
Rep. Kristi Noem has been appointed to the House Armed Services Committee, a new role that she will take in addition to keeping her spot on the House Agriculture Committee.
Washington D.C. – Today, the House Democratic Caucus selected Rep. Adam Smith (WA-09) to continue to serve as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee.
Senator [Rand] Paul’s amendment looks good, but does nothing. If the good Senator from Kentucky desires to offer an amendment to the 2013 NDAA that will actually move in the right direction of defending/restoring our constitutional rights, he might consider introducing the Smith-Amash Amendment that was introduced in the House earlier this year by Rep. Adam Smith, Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Committee. - Jeff Lewis: Patriot Coalition
Second thought...Almost thirty years ago I was working in Washington as a national organizer for a Capitol Hill Lobby organization and also as a researcher on nuclear and military issues. I worked with the House Armed Services Committee and the National Rainbow/PUSH organization. I was young and not ready for prime time then. Now I feel as if I should be back there representing you all because the guys we have now are too comfortable and you are being underserved...
If we bring the war here into America they will be here; "The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday backed construction of a missile defense site on the East Coast". Maybe our next war will be here at home!
The biggest source of funds for Buck McKeon are payments from Arms manufacturers and war contractors. This year alone he's taken in over half a million dollars from war related industries-- more than any TWO other Members of Congress! He was even able to coerce-- which is illegal-- the companies with business in front of the House Armed Services Committee, which he chairs, to "contribute" large sums money to his wife's fake campaign for the California state Assembly.
As a Member of Congress who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, I have been part of countless critical briefings on Iran’s covert nuclear weapons program.
Howard "Buck" McKeon, Chair of the House Armed Services Committee just sent this letter to Obama
Questions about left unanswered. Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has this for -
As a follow-up fellow Patriots, Here is a letter of inquiry from the House Armed Services Committee to the President (cough-cough) regarding the Benghazi affair.
DOD blocking questionnaire on Benghazi attack from Chairman of House Armed Services Committee
I went to the House Armed Services Committee website and could not get past the first page. Don't know if someone shut it down.
Panetta blocks House Armed Services Committee from questioning AFRICOM, SOCOM commanders on Libya.
The Chairman and Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee have officially endorsed Matt Doheny.
General Ham & Rear Admiral Gaouette blocked by Panetta to answer questions from House Armed Services Committee. Why?
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