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The U.S. Military's 2017 Defense Budget Protects Its Most Important Weapon: Submarines

Dave Majumdar Security, A big victory for the U.S. Navy.  The final version of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which just passed the House of Representatives earlier today, protects the U.S. Navy’s submarine fleet and fully funds America’s new Ohio Replacement Program (ORP) ballistic missile submarines. Show More Summary

Women won’t be drafted into the military as House passes defense spending bill

A behemoth $619 billion defense spending bill passed the House on Friday, and Texans had their hands all over it. The annual bill, dubbed the National Defense Authorization Act, which … Click to Continue »

House Passes 2017 Defense Bill Without Controversial Draft Provision

The House has just passed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 375-34, authorizing $618.7 billion in defense spending. Part of...

Congress Will Not Require Women to Register For the Draft

The final draft of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act does not include a controversial provision that would have required women to...

TAKE ACTION: Ask Your Lawmaker to Support Religious Freedom

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is still being debated in the U.S. Senate and House. Even though the House version has already passed, lawmakers are considering stripping out language that provides religious freedom protections for chaplains and other people of faith who serve our country. Show More Summary

HRC Delivers More Than 340,000 Petitions Against Taxpayer Funded Discrimination

Yesterday, HRC joined several organizations on Capitol Hill to deliver more than 340,000 petitions calling on Congress to reject the Russell Amendment, an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act which would sanction taxpayer funded discrimination. Show More Summary

Senate Democrats join Obama in opposing tax-payer funded discrimination provision in Defense bill

An anti-LGBTQ provision included in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has become a hurdle to the bill's final passage when lawmakers return to Washington following the election. The White House is now...Show More Summary

Why SpaceX Lost Its Bid To Ban Russian Rocket Engine Debate

The most bitterly contested issue in Senate floor debate of the National Defense Authorization Act this year was whether the Department of Defense would be allowed to continue using Russian rocket engines to lift national-security satellites into orbit. The engines, called RD-180s, provide first-stage thrust for Atlas launch vehicles built [...]

Senate votes to require the draft for women, as conservatives try to undo it

By a 85-13 vote on Tuesday, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for the next fiscal year. It did not include amendments that would have required greater authorization for conflicts, and did not include an amendment from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to end Selective Service. Instead, it welcomed women into Selective Service for […]

NDAA Makes Closing Gitmo Detention Facility ‘Functionally Impossible’

The 2017 US military budget passed quickly through the Senate partly due to the recent shooting in Orlando. The House’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) allows for US citizens to be detained without due process, and both the Senate and the House’s version seek to block the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

US Senate Approves Bill That Would Require Women to Register for Draft

Women may have to register for the draft as soon as 2018, based on the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act on Tuesday in the Senate. The bill included the amendment that would require women who turn 18 on or after Jan. 1, 2018, to register for the selective service, the New York Times notes. […]

The Senate Turned Its Back on American Allies in Afghanistan

On Tuesday the Senate passed their version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) without an increase in visas for Afghans who supported U.S. troops in battle. The problem is that these allies of the U.S. military were already...Show More Summary

Iowa Senator Doesn’t Want Anyone Forcing Soldiers To Eat Vegetables

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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) has beef with the idea of military personnel participating in “meatless Mondays,” and last week introduced amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act that would ban the initiative from military cafeterias. The...Show More Summary

US Accuses Russia of Militarizing Space While Doing the Same for Years

Washington is set to start deterring Russia in space. President Barack Obama in a letter notified Congress that in "accordance with section 1613 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016" he had summited a classified report on deterring "adversaries in space."

US Congress Slams Spain for Allowing Russian Ships Into Its Ports

Washington is apparently quite with some of NATO's European members, particularly Spain, for letting Russian ships refuel and resupply in their ports that the latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requires the Pentagon to report to Congress on those countries that host Russian vessels.

Boots, Bombs, B-52s -- and the Indefinite Detention of Americans: The Newest NDAA

From warheads to textbooks for young hopefuls at Annapolis -- from MRE sandwiches that can last two years in the Afghan desert to the decision about how many troops will go overseas -- the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, is the book of books when it comes to defense spending. Show More Summary

US Congress Impose More Oversight on Weapons Sales to Saudis - Lawmakers

The US Congress should have better oversight of military sales to Saudi Arabia, according to an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) introduced by Senators Chris Murphy and Rand Paul said in a statement.

ENFORCING LEGAL LIMITS ON GITMO TRANSFERS: My Daily Caller oped discusses the forthcoming transfer…

ENFORCING LEGAL LIMITS ON GITMO TRANSFERS: My Daily Caller oped discusses the forthcoming transfers of one-third of the remaining 80 Gitmo detainees, and how Congress might enforce the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act’s limits on such transfers.

‘Underfunded, Unready’: John McCain Wants $17 Billion More for US Defense

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain is expected to ask for an additional $17 billion in defense funding, via an amendment to the $602 billion 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that arrives on the Senate floor this week.

Sage Grouse, Clean Water Act Under Attack by House—Again

Is the House GOP declaring war on sportsmen?  That question is raised by some amendments that House members attached to the National Defense Authorization Act it passed last week.  One would kill a conservation program for the Greater...Show More Summary

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