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  • Senate passes defense bill with Montana wilderness additions

    12/12/2014 3:28:47 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    The Missoulian (MT) ^ | December 12, 2014 | By Rob Chaney
    The Senate voted to pass its annual National Defense Authorization Act on Friday , sending Montana’s first wilderness additions in 33 years to President Barack Obama’s desk. The National Defense Authorization Act authorizes $585 billion in Pentagon discretionary spending and $63.7 billion in overseas contingency operations.It also includes a package of 70 public land management bills; the biggest collection since the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. They create about 250,000 acres of new wilderness designations and protection of other lands from energy development. Other measures open thousands of acres to logging in Alaska and swaps federal lands for...
  • White House threatens veto of defense bill

    05/19/2014 3:33:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2014 5:54 PM EDT | Donna Cassata
    The White House is threatening a veto of the House version of a $601 billion defense bill over election-year moves to spare weapons systems and popular programs in the face of limited budgets. […] The White House also complained about the bill’s limits on the president’s ability to transfer terror suspects being held at the U.S. facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. …
  • Obama signs sweeping defense bill

    12/26/2013 1:35:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2013 3:48 PM EST | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama has signed into law a comprehensive defense bill that cracks down on sexual assault in the military. […] The bill provides $552.1 billion for the regular military budget, plus $80.7 billion for the Afghanistan war and other overseas operations. …
  • Sen. Gillibrand sees military sexual assault vote slip away [Reid: she's Senate's "hottest member"]

    12/09/2013 2:20:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 8, 2013 | Jeremy Herb
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is headed back to the drawing board with her controversial proposal to take sexual assault cases outside the chain of command. Gillibrand had been assured a vote on her plan during work on the Defense authorization bill. [snip] Gillibrand spokeswoman Bethany Lesser said the senator is “confident” she will eventually receive a vote on her measure, even if it isn’t voted on as an amendment to the Defense bill. Her amendment was introduced as a stand-alone measure on the floor last month under a procedure that would allow Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to bring...
  • Obama signs defense measure he once vowed to veto

    01/03/2013 10:14:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 3, 2012 | Dave Boyer
    Backing down on a threatened veto, President Obama has signed into law a $633.3 billion defense bill with an attached a statement in which he serves notice to Congress that he’ll interpret the law as he sees fit on issues ranging from the transfer of terrorism detainees to objections of military chaplains against the new policy on gay service members. Mr. Obama said in a “signing statement” late Wednesday that he agrees with the “vast majority” of provisions in the 680-page law. But he added, “I do not agree with them all.” He earlier had issued a veto threat to...
  • Obama signs $633B defense bill

    01/03/2013 5:04:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 3, 2013 12:39 AM EST
    President Barack Obama has signed a $633 billion defense bill for next year that tightens penalties on Iran and bolsters security at diplomatic missions worldwide after the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya. …
  • Obama’s Secret War-making for the U.N.

    03/22/2012 5:59:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Trevor Loudon ^ | 3/22/12 | Trevor Loudon
    You may not have heard of PSD-10 because it has received no significant coverage from the major media. Yet, President Obama issued “Presidential Study Directive 10” last August 4, 2011, and posted it on the White House website. It amounts to a new and potentially far-reaching exercise of American military power cloaked in humanitarian language and conducted under the auspices of the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. Under this new “Obama doctrine,” U.S. troops can be deployed to arrest or even terminate individuals wanted by the International Criminal Court, which is based on a treaty that has not...
  • Napolitano: Can the President Kill You?

    03/14/2012 5:23:22 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 18 replies ^ | March 14, 2012 | Andrew P. Napolitano
    Can the president kill an American simply because the person is dangerous and his arrest would be impractical? Can the president be judge, jury and executioner of an American in a foreign country because he believes that would keep America safe? Can Congress authorize the president to do this? Earlier this week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder attempted to justify presidential killing in a speech at Northwestern University law school. In it, he recognized the requirement of the Fifth Amendment for due process. He argued that the president may substitute the traditionally understood due process -- a public jury trial...
  • Dems Introduce Legislation to Repeal Indefinite Detention of Americans

    03/09/2012 2:32:24 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 8 replies ^ | March 9, 2012 | Mac Slavo
    Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) have unveiled legislation in the Senate and House which would ensure that any individual detained on U.S. soil under the Authorization of Military Force (AUMF) has access to due process and the federal court system. The bill would repeal the provision in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 that requires the military to detain on U.S. soil any individuals suspected of terrorism. Senator Mark Udall and Rep. Adam Smith launch an effort to protect U.S. citizens from indefinite detention and preserve civil liberties.Senator Mark Udall and Rep. Adam Smith launch...
  • Eric Holder: Targeted killings legal, constitutional (Where's the outrage from the left?)

    03/05/2012 5:27:23 PM PST · by tobyhill · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/5/2012 | By JOSH GERSTEIN
    Attorney General Eric Holder Monday presented the Obama administration’s most detailed justification for armed drone strikes against Al Qaeda leaders, arguing that the U.S. government doesn’t legally need judicial review to kill terrorist operatives overseas — even when those individuals are American citizens. “It’s clear that United States citizenship alone does not make such individuals immune from being targeted. But it does mean that the government must take into account all relevant constitutional considerations with respect to United States citizens – even those who are leading efforts to kill innocent Americans,” Holder said in a speech delivered at Northwestern University...
  • U.S. to offer legal backing for "targeted killing" (Americans overseas): source

    03/04/2012 4:51:14 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/04/12 | Jeremy Pelofsky
    U.S. to offer legal backing for "targeted killing": sourceBy Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON | Sun Mar 4, 2012 7:23pm EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday plans to outline how U.S. laws empower the government to kill Americans overseas who engage in terrorism against their home country, a source familiar with the matter said, months after a drone strike killed a U.S.-born cleric who plotted attacks from Yemen. Civil liberties groups have been pressuring the administration to offer justification for what has been described as a top-secret "targeted kill" program in which Americans who have joined al Qaeda or...
  • U.S. to offer legal backing for "targeted killing": source

    03/04/2012 5:24:31 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 4, 2012 | Jeremy Pelofsky
    (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday plans to outline how U.S. laws empower the government to kill Americans overseas who engage in terrorism against their home country, a source familiar with the matter said, months after a drone strike killed a U.S.-born cleric who plotted attacks from Yemen. Civil liberties groups have been pressuring the administration to offer justification for what has been described as a top-secret "targeted kill" program in which Americans who have joined al Qaeda or other militants are deemed legitimate targets to be killed overseas. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to address the issue and...
  • Holder expected to explain rationale for targeting U.S. citizens abroad

    03/04/2012 1:41:40 PM PST · by Theoria · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 04 Mar 2012 | Sari Horwitz and Peter Finn
    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is expected Monday to provide the most detailed explanation yet of the Obama administration’s secret decision-making leading up to the targeted killing of a U.S. citizen last year in Yemen. Holder’s speech Monday afternoon at Northwestern Law School in Chicago is the result of months of internal Obama administration deliberations over how much can be made public about the decisions leading up to the strike. The Justice Department wrote a still-classified memo that provided the legal rationale for the targeting of American-born Anwar al-Awlaki that also included intelligence material about his operational role within...
  • Judge: Cop who nabbed Obama’s uncle must release driving records

    01/12/2012 8:13:08 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 12, 2012 | John Zaremba
    A Framingham District Court judge today ordered the release of the on-duty driving records of the Framingham cop who busted President Obama’s illegal-alien half-uncle on a drunken-driving rap this summer. Onyango Obama’s defense team will receive the records they’d requested on Val Krishtal, the veteran patrolman who pulled the man over after nearly rear-ending him when he turned into traffic.
  • Obama: I can so hold you indefinitely without trial if I want

    01/03/2012 12:06:47 PM PST · by Starman417 · 34 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-03-12 | DrJohn
    In his latest signing statement Obama said: "My administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens," Obama said in the signing statement. "Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a nation." Now why would he even need to say that were it not possible? Does his signing statement make you feel safer? It ought not. After all, it was Obama who said unequivocally that he would not use signing statements to "get his way." [VIDEO AT SITE] Obviously it is now possible for Obama to hold...

    01/03/2012 3:21:42 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 153 replies ^ | Jan 3, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    Regime Grabs Power to Detain US Citizens January 03, 2012 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Yeah, and I can't believe that nobody's talking about that, either: The thing Obama signed on New Year's Eve, the new Defense Authorization Act.I don't know if people don't know what's in this or if other things take precedence. Well, it is being reported because I saw it. I saw it reported. Obama signed this thing, the new Defense Authorization Act on New Year's Eve. Folks, you know what this thing does? It allows the United States military to detain anybody for no reason! They don't...
  • A dangerous bill heading toward the president would gut our rights.

    12/30/2011 7:39:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 29 December, 2011 | Patricia J. Williams
    You know these are interesting times when Glenn Beck, Dianne Feinstein, Rand Paul and the ACLU all agree on an issue. The issue in question is Subtitle D of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), headed to the president’s desk. These under-the-radar provisions, co-sponsored by Senators John McCain and Carl Levin, would allow for the indefinite military detention of any person alleged to be a member of Al Qaeda, the Taliban or “associated forces.” The provisions also apply to any person who supports or aids “belligerent” acts against the United States, whether the person is apprehended here or abroad. 
  • The Hitman Cometh: America to be 'War Zone'

    12/19/2011 1:39:44 AM PST · by neverdem · 113 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | December 19, 2011 | John Griffing
    An old adage reads, "If it quacks like a duck, then it's probably a duck." The push by the Obama Administration to progressively strip Americans of basic liberties in the pursuit of political objectives has now taken on more draconian overtones, and no one seems to have noticed. While the media quibbles over Romney versus Gingrich, the Occupy movement, and other diversions, President Obama continues to undermine law and order, dismantling the US Constitution piece by piece. When public officials seek to limit freedom, it can be concluded that these officials want to rule instead of govern. Cloaking seizures of...
  • Will Obama send U.S. citizens to Guantanamo? Outrage as President signs off law...

    12/15/2011 4:30:58 PM PST · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/15/11 | Meghan Keneally
    President Barack Obama faced a civil liberties backlash today after he signed a law that will allow terror suspects to be held indefinitely- even raising the prospects of U.S. citizens being sent to Guantanamo Bay. The controversial move, revealed last night, effectively extends the laws of the battlefield to American soil. The move shows a clear hardening of Mr Obama’s anti-terror policies, and a major shift from the liberal stance that helped him sweep into power three years ago.
  • ‘Disappearing’ dissenters in Obama’s new Amerika

    12/15/2011 6:58:30 PM PST · by Sioux-san · 49 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/15/2011 | Judi McLeod
    <p>It now becomes perfectly clear why Obama did not want to close down Guantánamo Bay. It’s the perfect place to ‘disappear’ his Tea Party enemies during Election Year...</p> <p>Obama’s well covered by mainstream media threat to veto what can only be described as Soviet Union Horror Come to America, was only the drama he could milk during the Final Act.</p>
  • Senate Passes Defense Authorization Bill

    12/15/2011 2:31:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 15, 2011 | Matt Cover
    ( – The Senate passed the 2012 Defense spending bill Thursday on a 86-13 vote, funding the Defense Department through the end of the fiscal year. The House passed the bill Wednesday night on a 238-136 vote, splitting the Democratic caucus evenly 93-93. The bill did not contain a repeal of the prohibition on sodomy in the military that the original Senate-passed version had. That provision was stripped out during a House-Senate conference committee at the behest of House Armed Services Committee chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.). Earlier versions of the bill had earned a veto threat from President Obama over...
  • The Indefinite Detention Bill DOES Apply to American Citizens on U.S. Soil

    12/14/2011 8:20:29 AM PST · by opentalk · 14 replies
    Washingtonblog ^ | December 14, 2011
    Even at this 11th hour –when all of our liberties and freedom are about to go down the drain –many people still don’t understand that the indefinite detention bill passed by Congress allows indefinite detention of Americans on American soil....Another sponsor of the bill –Senator Levin –has also repeatedly said that the bill applies to American citizens on American soil, citing the Supreme Court case of Hamdi which ruled that American citizens can be treated as enemy combatants: “The Supreme Court has recently ruled there is no bar to the United States holding one of its own citizens as an...
  • Senator Levin: It was Obama who required Indefinite Detainment Bill INCLUDE U.S. Citizens

    12/13/2011 8:52:56 AM PST · by opentalk · 33 replies
    sherriequestioningall ^ | December 11, 2011
    Well now we know, for those who have been holding out “hope” that Obama will veto the 1031 Indefinite Detainment Bill against holding U.S. Citizens without rights to a trial or lawyer or charges for the rest of their lives…. It was Obama who required the bill have the language of U.S. Citizens being held without rights in the bill! The only reason he would veto it, is because it does not give him the absolute power as he wants!...Here is Senator Levin on the floor of the Senate revealing it was Obama himself who Demanded U.S. Citizens be part...
  • Senate May Vote Today on Defense Bill With Pro-Abortion Language

    12/08/2010 8:37:03 AM PST · by julieee · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Senate May Vote Today on Defense Bill With Pro-Abortion Language Washington, DC -- The Senate may vote as early today on the 2011 defense authorization bill that contains language turning military base hospitals into abortion facilities. The legislation contains the Burris amendment which would overturn longstanding pro-life law prohibiting the performance of abortions at taxpayer-funded military bases.
  • McConnell: 'Don't ask, don't tell' debate will be pushed to 2011

    12/06/2010 3:32:16 AM PST · by Red Steel · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | December 05, 2010
    Senate debate over repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy will have to wait until next year, Minority Leader Mitch McConnel predicted on Sunday. Appearing on NBC’s "Meet the Press," he noted that there are other controversial measures beyond allowing gays to serve openly in the military, including questions about abortions in military hospitals, embedded in the larger defense authorization bill. And he said such a massive bill typically takes two weeks for the Senate to advance, even when it’s not chock-full of thorny issues. “I don’t see how we can possibly finish the defense authorization bill, a two-week bill,...
  • Way To Go: GOP Blocks Ideology-Laden Defense Bill

    09/21/2010 4:01:50 PM PDT · by Michael Eden · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Start Thinking Right ^ | September 21, 2010 | Michael Eden
    When I heard that the Democrat leadership was playing politics by inserting the amnesty-granting DREAM Act into a bill ostensibly to fund our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, I hoped Republicans would block it. So you can only imagine how I felt when I learned that the Democrats decided they weren't being ideological enough in their partisan politics, and added a provision forcing the military to embrace homosexuality whether it hurt national security or not. What Democrats wanted to do was force Republicans to either vote for the bill, or be the side that "opposed funding our troops." And the...
  • Bill would lift military abortion ban--Senate vote set on restriction at base hospitals

    09/19/2010 4:44:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 19, 2010 | Seth McLaughlin
    Senate Democrats are angling to end the military's decades-old ban on allowing abortions in overseas military hospitals, thus thrusting the culture wars back onto the front burner after months of being drowned out by the nation's economic woes. Sen. Roland W. Burris ushered the proposal through the Senate Armed Services Committee in May, tacking it onto the Defense Authorization Act, which the Senate is slated to consider Tuesday. The Illinois Democrat's plan would require women to pay for abortions upfront and without government funds, but would allow doctors at military hospitals to perform the procedures if those conditions are met....
  • Arizona's new senator, same as their old senator

    09/16/2010 12:21:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Fresh Ink (GOPUSA) ^ | September 16, 2010 | The Scribe
    John McCain met recently with the children of illegal aliens to discuss the Dream Act, among other aspects of amnesty. McCain sounded very tough on illegal immigration during his recent primary campaign but now he has won and is a shoo-in for reelection in November. Harry Reid has tacked the Dream Act onto a defense bill which will be voted on before the election. What do you think, Arizona? How will McCain vote? Note that McCain explains in the beginning that there are other senators who do not support the Dream Act and that will make passage difficult. He promises...
  • Reid Plays Immigration Politics With Defense Bill

    09/14/2010 4:39:12 PM PDT · by CaroleL · 6 replies ^ | 09/14/10 | CaroleL
    There was a rare chance for some bipartisanship mixed with some sincere debate in Washington next week when a defense policy bill will be taken up by the Senate. This type of bill usually passes with plenty of support from both sides of the aisle but the inclusion of the repeal of the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy left open some uncertainty as that important and relative issue is to be debated and hopefully resolved. But just to make sure that chaos ensued and in a desperate attempt to put politics over doing his actual job, Senate Majority Leader...
  • Reid adds controversial immigration measure to defense bill

    09/14/2010 4:07:48 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | September 14th, 2010 | Ted Barrett
    Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he will add the DREAM Act, a controversial immigration measure, to a defense policy bill the Senate will take up next week. The decision means the defense bill, which often passes with bipartisan support, will be home to two major, thorny political issues – the other being the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Reid called the DREAM Act "really important" and said it should be passed because it provides a path to citizenship for young illegal immigrants who go to college or serve in the military....
  • GOP to defend Clinton policy on ‘Don’t ask’

    05/25/2010 5:13:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies · 299+ views
    The Hill ^ | May 25, 2010 | Jared Allen and Roxana Tiron
    House Republicans are preparing to mount a vigorous defense of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy President Bill Clinton implemented in 1993. GOP lawmakers in the lower chamber are poised to vote en masse against the defense authorization bill if it includes an amendment to repeal the law barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military. Over the objections of some Republicans, Clinton issued his “Don’t ask, don’t tell” directive nearly 17 years ago. Since then, many Republicans have warmed to it — especially now that liberals want to eradicate it. A senior Republican aide on Tuesday...
  • GOP senators to block defense bill in bid to delay health-care vote

    12/17/2009 8:50:26 PM PST · by americanophile · 12 replies · 991+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 18, 2009 | Paul Kane and Lori Montgomery
    Senate Republicans said Thursday that they would try to filibuster a massive Pentagon bill that funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, an unusual move that several acknowledged was an effort to delay President Obama's health-care legislation. Late into the night, Democrats emerged from a huddle confident that they would muster the 60 votes needed to thwart the GOP effort at blocking the military spending bill. An antiwar liberal said he would set aside his reservations and support choking off the filibuster to keep the chamber on a timeline of holding a final health-care vote before Christmas. The vote on...
  • Defense Bill Filled with Pork, Will Obama Keep Promise and Veto?

    09/29/2009 8:06:02 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 2 replies · 253+ views
    VFW/Judicial Watch/The Lid ^ | 9/29/09 | The Lid
    But make no mistake, so are we. If a project doesn’t support our troops, we will not fund it. If a system doesn’t perform, we will terminate it. And if Congress sends me a defense bill loaded with that kind of waste, I will veto it. We will do right by our troops and taxpayers. We will build the 21st century military we need. President Barack Obama 8/17 Speech to VFW Many Veterans were upset at the President for canceling the F-22 fighter without having a back up until the next bomber will be ready. The POTUS promised that it...
  • F-22 Vote Tests Obama&#8217;s Veto Threat

    07/20/2009 1:50:33 AM PDT · by AKSurprise · 6 replies · 489+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | 07/19/09 | John M. Donnelly
    "A showdown vote is coming in the Senate as early as Monday evening over the future of the F-22 fighter jet program. At issue is an amendment to the fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill (S 1390) that would strip out an authorization of $1.8 billion to procure seven new F-22s — money that President Obama did not request but that the Senate Armed Services Committee included." "Obama has vowed to veto any bill that would keep the program going — the first veto threat of his presidency. He believes that no additional F-22s are needed and that the money can...
  • Pacific Army plans layoffs if Congress fails on funding

    12/05/2007 12:00:07 PM PST · by Bush Revolution · 8 replies · 92+ views
    KPUA AM 690 ^ | December 5, 2007 | AP
    HONOLULU (AP) _ The Army is planning for the possible layoff of more than 5,000 civilian workers in Hawaii. Spokesman Col. Wayne Shanks says the planning by the Army in the Pacific is beginning as a prudent step in case the current congressional impasse over military spending is not resolved. Shanks says the plan maintains the need to protect health and safety on military bases in Hawaii and elsewhere in the region. He says it would maintain necessary defenses while minimizing the impact on soldiers, civilians and their families. The Defense Department has said the furloughs and service cuts could...
  • Senate temporarily sidelines immigration legalization bill

    09/27/2007 7:32:23 AM PDT · by Delacon · 28 replies · 85+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 26, 2007 | MICHELLE MITTELSTADT
    Democrats vow to pass measure aiding 1 million youths WASHINGTON — The prospects for immediate Senate action on the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants, disappeared Wednesday amid Republican opposition.But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pledged that senators would vote on the the measure, which is strongly opposed by anti-illegal immigration groups, before the Senate finishes its work for the year in mid-November."All who care about this matter should know that we will move to proceed to this matter before we leave here," he said.Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., had sought...
  • OPEN-BORDERS SENATORS PLAN END-RUN DREAM ACT AMNESTY phone calls & faxes needed at once

    09/14/2007 4:39:51 AM PDT · by Liz · 294 replies · 7,119+ views
    NumbersUSA | Sept 13, 2007 | Roy Beck, President
    Friends, this is not a do-it-if-you-have-time request. This is the most urgent kind of request for your action Friday — and again Monday.... In the middle of actions on Defense next week, the open-borders Senators are going to attempt to attach three proposals that would give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and dramatically increase the importation of additional foreign labor for American jobs. Many of the Senators who helped us kill the Comprehensive Amnesty in June are indicating they are in favor of these preferences for illegal foreign workers and new foreign workers over American workers. We must keep...
  • House-Senate Disagreement Could Halt Defense Bill

    09/24/2006 7:27:23 PM PDT · by Sharks · 17 replies · 690+ views
    washington post ^ | Monday, September 25, 2006 | Jonathan Weisman
    House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) -- in a showdown with Senate Republicans -- has vowed he will not bring a major defense policy bill to the chamber floor this week unless Senate negotiators add a federal court security bill and a controversial House anti-illegal-immigration measure, senior House leadership aides say. The last-minute confrontation is pitting the House's most powerful member against Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John W. Warner (R-Va.), who has said he will not add extraneous measures to the annual defense authorization bill unless they can garner unanimous support from Democrats and Republicans alike. House leadership aides...
  • Dave Reichert (R-WA)Vote for ANWR (Vanity)

    12/15/2005 6:49:17 PM PST · by Seattle Conservative · 4 replies · 428+ views
    12-15-05 | Self
    I was listening to John Carlson on KVI coming home tonight and he had an authority on about drilling in ANWR. The authority said that there is about a 38-hour window to contact your congresscritters re voting in ANWR. IIRC he said that there was language in both the Defense Bill and the appropriation bill (sorry, don't remember specifics as I was trying to concentrate on driving downtown Seattle in rush hour - something I don't normally do). John said he had spoken w Congressman Reichert (my Congressman) and while Dave supports drilling in ANWR, he's probably going to vote...
  • Frist Delays Showdown With White House

    07/26/2005 5:40:12 PM PDT · by Hadean · 6 replies · 533+ views
    AP ^ | 7/26/2005 | LIZ SIDOTI
    WASHINGTON - The Republican-run Senate postponed fights with the Bush administration over the treatment of terror suspects and military base closings Tuesday after GOP leaders failed to derail proposals opposed by the White House. The decision by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., to shelve the $491 billion defense bill means debate over the wartime defense measure and the detainee and base-closing amendments almost certainly won't occur until after Labor Day. The Senate is to leave for a monthlong break at week's end. After putting the defense bill aside, the Senate began debating legislation shielding gun manufacturers and dealers from...
  • House OKs $355 Billion Defense Bill

    10/10/2002 6:52:33 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 9 replies · 181+ views
    ABC News ^ | 10/10/02
    W A S H I N G T O N, Oct. 10 — The House overwhelmingly approved on Thursday a compromise $355.4 billion defense bill brimming with money for new destroyers, helicopters and missiles and granting President Bush most of the Pentagon buildup he requested following last year's terrorist attacks. While the day's spotlight shone on the congressional debate over authorizing Bush to use force against Iraq, the massive defense spending package one-sixth of the entire federal budget underlined the bipartisan consensus behind beefing up the military. Quick Senate approval was also expected, and White House press secretary Ari Fleischer...