Archive: Congress

Two Fresh Faces, Six Departures in New HASC Republican Roster

The new House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Republican roster has shrunk by seven in the new Democratic-led Congress, with two new members joining the powerful committee. Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) on Thursday announced the Republican nominations to the committee, pending approval by Congress. Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.), a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general who […]

Gillibrand Announces Presidency Bid, Becoming Second SASC Dem to Run in 2020

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) announced her campaign to run for president in 2020, becoming the second Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) member and the third female lawmaker currently on the Hill to announce a bid. Gillibrand, who joined the Senate in 2009, has long been considered a potential Democratic candidate for president and on Tuesday […]

Likely HASC Seapower Chair Expresses Concern Over Future Frigate Program

The Navy’s long-awaited future frigate program will be carefully scrutinized in the new House Armed Services Committee (HASC) seapower subcommittee, the likely new subcommittee chair said Jan. 16. Speaking at the annual Surface Navy Association conference in Arlington, Virginia, Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), the former seapower ranking member, said the FFG(X) program’s numerous decision delays […]

HAC-D Member Calvert Selected as New Ranking Member

Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) will be ranking member for the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee (HAC-D) for the 116th Congress, his office said Tuesday. Calvert has served in the House since 1993. He was previously a member of the HAC-D subcommittee, serving as vice chairman in the 115th Congress. In a statement, Calvert said he looks […]

HASC Democrat Tulsi Gabbard Announces 2020 Campaign for President

House Armed Services Committee member Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) announced over the weekend that she will seek the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in the 2020 elections. “I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week,” Gabbard said Saturday in response to CNN’s Van Jones’ […]

Senate Commerce Subcommittees Reorganized, Chairs Named

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will feature restructured subcommittees and several new chairmen in the 116th Congress. New committee chair Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) announced Friday that several subcommittees would change names and jurisdictions. Wicker announced his chairmanship this past Wednesday (Defense Daily, Jan. 9). Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) will serve as […]

Wicker, Cantwell to lead Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee

The Senate committee covering commerce, transportation, and science issues in the space and maritime domains elected new leadership for the 116th Congress. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) is the new chairman, his office announced Wednesday. He previously chaired the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) was voted in as ranking member, according […]

Thornberry: $750 Billion ‘Reasonable’ for DoD FY ’20 Topline

The now ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) has signalled his support for a $750 billion topline for the Pentagon’s fiscal year 2020 budget request, one of the highest estimates to emerge in recent reports. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), who chaired HASC from 2014 until the Democrats took back the House earlier […]