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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

last monthNews : Huffington Post

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

Federal Funds to Fight Sex Trafficking Could Go to Big Abortion Businesses, Say Activists

Pro-life advocates are warning that Senate Republicans have included a provision in the critically important National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that could enable millions of dollars designated to fight sex trafficking to be used to promote or fund abortion.

Fight Over LGBT Vote On House Floor A Sign Of The Sad State Of The Union

On May 19, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 that would have protected the rights of LGBT workers on federal jobs. The vote turned into a fight as the House Republicans altered the voting procedure, twisted the arms of legislators and defeated the amendment.... Show More Summary

Douchebag Decree: Oklahoma Rep. Steve Russell

Robyn Pennacchia Late Wednesday night, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act—a huge-ass, 1,299-page appropriations bill that funds the entire military—277-147, with 142 Democrats and five Republicans opposed. Shockingly, the worst thing in this bill is not the absurd amount of money we are spending on the military. Show More Summary

House Approves Defense Bill That Would Undo Obama’s LGBT Executive Orders on Job Bias

2 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

The U.S. House of Representatives last night approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which contained a “religious liberty” amendment added by freshman Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK) which undermines President Obama’s 2014 execut… Read The post House Approves Defense Bill That Would Undo Obama’s LGBT Executive Orders on Job Bias appeared first on Towleroad.

House Approves National Defense Authorization Act Embedded With Discriminatory Anti-LGBT Provision

Today, HRC called out the U.S. House of Representatives for approving a new National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) containing an anti-LGBT provision that would allow sweeping taxpayer-funded discrimination. “Taxpayer funded discrimination...Show More Summary

House Passes Bill That Lets Government Contractors Fire People For Being LGBT

2 months agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- The House passed a massive National Defense Authorization Act late Wednesday, and tucked inside of it, a provision that would allow federal contractors to fire employees for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The language, slipped into the bill by Rep. Show More Summary

House Rules Committee Rejects Vote on Amendment Safeguarding LGBT Protections in Federal Contracting

Today, HRC blasted the House Republican Leadership for preventing a debate and vote on an amendment to remove an anti-LGBT provision from the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) offered...Show More Summary

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