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US Senate passes $700 bn defense spending bill

The US Senate overwhelmingly authorized $700 billion in defense spending Monday, a substantial increase over 2017 funding and nearly five percent more than President Donald Trump had requested. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 allows for increased spending on new F-35 fighter jets, ships and M1 Abrams tanks, raises military pay by 2.1 percent

Cheers and Jeers: Monday

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE … The Week Ahead Monday The Senate votes to invoke cloture and pave the way for a final vote on the National Defense Authorization Act, which will funnel $700 billion to the military-industrial complex.Show More Summary

Bipartisan Effort to Protect Trans Troops in the U.S. Senate

A bipartisan endeavor is progressing in the U.S. Senate to protect transgender troops on the National Defense Authorization Act, the annual must-pass defense bill. On Monday, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME)...Show More Summary

#AM_Equality Tipsheet: September 12, 2017

SENATORS FILE AMENDMENT TO BLOCK PORTION OF TRUMP-PENCE BAN ON TRANSGENDER TROOPS: The bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) seeks to block any action to remove currently serving transgender troops from the military. Show More Summary

#AM_Equality Tipsheet: September 7, 2017

SENATORS GILLIBRAND AND COLLINS TO CHALLENGE TRUMP’S TRANS MILITARY BAN: Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are preparing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that will challenge the White House’s...Show More Summary

Rand Paul Blocks NDAA Over Indefinite Detention

Authored by Jason Ditz via Anti-War.com, Sen. Rand Paul (R – KY) has blocked a motion by majority leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY) to advance the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the massive military spending bill, saying...Show More Summary

Republicans Join Democrats To Stop Ban On Gender Reassignment Surgery IN Military

Two dozen backstabbing House Republicans joined forces with the Democrats Thursday in culling an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have prevented the Pentagon from backing gender

U.S. Defense Budget May Help Fund "Hacking for Defense" Classes at Universities

Draft Defense Authorization Act includes $15 million for national rollout of Stanford-originated Hacking for Defense class

Congressman Kevin Cramer: National Defense Authorization Act Continues Reforms, Addresses Readiness

Congressman Kevin Cramer One of the primary obligations of Congress, as set forth in Article I of the U.S. Constitution, is to “provide for the common defense” of our nation. For the past 56 years, Congress has met this obligation primarily through the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Through this bipartisan legislation Congress provides our armed forces...

BREAKING: House Passes Bill MANDATING Transfer of ALL US Army M1911 Handguns to the CMP

The United States House of Representatives has just passed their version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and included within it is a provision that will mandate the release of all M1911 handguns currently in US Army inventory to the Civilian Marksmanship Program, for distribution to eligible US civilians. Show More Summary

The U.S. Military Might Soon Have More Submarines and F-35s

Dave Majumdar Security, Thanks to a key vote in the House of Representatives.  The House of Representatives has passed the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act by a margin of 344-81. The bill will significantly boost the...Show More Summary

Republicans Join Demorats To Stop Ban On Gender Reassignment Surgery In The Military

Two dozen backstabbing House Republicans joined forces with the Democrats Thursday in culling an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have prevented the Pentagon from backing gender

HASC vs. SASC on BRAC

Neither of the defense bills (National Defense Authorization Acts, NDAAs) wending their way through the House and Senate grant the Pentagon the authority to reduce excess infrastructure. Military leaders have asked for such permission for many years, but Congress has stubbornly refused. Show More Summary

VICTORY: NDAA Anti-Transgender Amendment Fails in House of Representatives

HRC claimed victory following the defeat of a hateful and cruel amendment proposed by Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) to the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which would ban critical access to transition-related health care for military service members and their families. Show More Summary

No Surveillance Reform in Defense Policy Bill

As I predicted 72 hours ago, the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) will not be a vehicle for reforming National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance authorities under Sec. 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA). The twist is...Show More Summary

Outrageous Anti-Transgender Amendment Offered to NDAA

Today, HRC lambasted an anti-transgender amendment being offered by Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-MO). A House floor vote is expected tomorrow on the amendment to the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to ban critical access to transition-related health care for military service members and their families. "Rep. Show More Summary

The INF Treaty is About to Collapse

The situation with the INF Treaty is getting worse pretty rapidly. U.S. Congress is moving to include what is known as "INF Treaty Preservation Act" in the National Defense Authorization bill. Judging by the language of the bill, its...Show More Summary

Is the U.S. Air Force’s OA-X Light Attack Aircraft Really Going to Happen?

Dave Majumdar Security, Will the program make it this time around?  The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) has added $1.2 billion to the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the U.S. Air Force’s OA-X light...Show More Summary

Here's Why the U.S. Navy Could Add 'Light' Aircraft Carriers to the Fleet

Dave Majumdar Security, It might happen.  The U.S. Senate Armed Service Committee (SASC) is inserting language in its markup of the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would mandate that the U.S. Navy study a preliminary design for a new light carrier. The new ships would not replace the Gerald R. Show More Summary

Anti-Transgender Amendment Offered on Defense Bill

During yesterday’s marathon markup of the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) offered an amendment to reinstate a ban on transgender people serving in the military and instruct the Secretary of Defense to discharge any transgender troops currently serving. In defending this discriminatory amendment, Rep. Show More Summary

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