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National Defense Authorization Act
The Republican leaders of key defense committees on Thursday slammed President Barack Obama for vetoing the annual defense authorization bill.
U.S. lawmakers again rejected the Air Force’s proposal to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft, calling the decision “misguided.”
Lawmakers in both chambers of Congress want to add more funding for the Cold War-era gunship in fiscal 2016. The question is how much.
Congress passed the annual defense bill, setting the stage for a Senate vote on a massive spending deal to keep the government open through September.
The defense bill would still allow the Air Force to move as many 36 of the planes to back-up status, freeing up more maintainers for the F-35 program.
Congress will likely pass the White House’s separate war-funding request to battle Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria despite some lawmakers’ concerns over strategy
The retiring chairman of the House Armed Services Committee responded to critics who characterized his final defense bill as a sop to parochial interests.
The panel led by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, on Thursday voted 25-1 in passing its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015.
The Cold War-era gunship will likely stay in the fleet, once lawmakers settle on an appropriate offset in the budget.
A former official at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget said HASC’s mark “puts pork and hardware over readiness.”
The Pentagon would receive about $31 billion in sequestration relief over two years, including $22 billion in 2014 and $9 billion in 2015, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Senators have submitted hundreds of amendments to the legislation, many in the last week, contributing to the delay.
The Obama administration argues “the effort to configure our overseas infrastructure in a more efficient way should not prevent the authorization of another round of BRAC analysis for domestic bases.”
Automatic budget cuts remain on the books, yet lawmakers reject an attempt designed to give the Pentagon more flexibility in dealing with them.