Author: Ellen Mitchell

House committee advances $840B defense bill to boost troop pay, offset inflation

The House Armed Services Committee in the early morning hours of Thursday voted to advance its $840 billion version of the annual defense policy bill, adding in more for extra ships, aircraft, Ukraine aid and to offset inflation.   After a 16-hour markup session that stretched past 2 a.m., the committee approved its version of the National Defense Authorization…

House committee votes to up Biden defense budget plan by $37B

The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday voted to approve approximately $37 billion more in military spending than President Biden proposed. During a markup of the annual National Defense Authorization Act, the committee voted 42 to 17 to increase top-line spending from $802 billion to about $840 billion.   The increase, which was opposed by…

Biden told Austin, Blinken to tone down remarks supporting Ukraine: report

President Biden told Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken in April to tone down their rhetoric in supporting Ukraine in its war against Russia, NBC News reported Thursday.  The pushback reportedly came after the Pentagon chief said the Biden administration wanted Ukraine to win the war against the Kremlin and that the U.S. wanted a…

Defense & National Security — A ‘pivotal moment’ in Ukraine

The Biden administration announced another $1 billion in military assistance for Ukraine, help that comes as Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said it was “a pivotal moment” in Kyiv’s fight with Russia. We’ll detail what’s in the latest package and the United States’ message for other Western nations, plus the new defense spending proposal from House Democrats and…