Category Archives: Lawmakers

Lawmakers expect quick response from Pentagon on issue of military extremist ties

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Members of Congress said they are looking for ways to prevent members of extremist groups from joining the military and booting troops with ties to violent ideology, but will wait on new action to see how the new Pentagon leadership deals with the issue. “I think [Defense Secretary] Lloyd Austin needs to be given his […]

Lawmakers introduce plan to eliminate Tricare premiums for adult children under 26

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A proposal to allow adult children to remain covered under their parents’ Tricare plan until age 26 — without having to pay an extra premium for a separate Tricare plan — has been introduced in Congress. It’s a matter of equity, said Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., during a Thursday call with reporters. “In the military […]

GOP lawmakers question continued presence of National Guard at Capitol

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As National Guard leaders prepare to extend their Capitol Hill mission into March, Republican lawmakers are questioning whether thousands are uniformed troops are still needed to secure the halls of Congress. On Wednesday, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton penned an op-ed for Fox News stating that contrary to Defense Department and local law enforcement plans, the […]

GOP lawmakers question continued presence of National Guard at Capitol

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As National Guard leaders prepare to extend their Capitol Hill mission into March, Republican lawmakers are questioning whether thousands are uniformed troops are still needed to secure the halls of Congress. On Wednesday, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton penned an op-ed for Fox News stating that contrary to Defense Department and local law enforcement plans, the […]

Lawmakers slash funding for Marine Corps’ long-range fires development

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WASHINGTON — Despite a push from a group of powerful House lawmakers, the final defense spending bill for fiscal year 2021 — released Dec. 21 — slashes the Marine Corps’ efforts to develop long-range precision fires capabilities. “The logic here doesn’t make much sense,” Wisconsin Republican Rep. Michael Gallagher, a House Armed Services Committee member, […]

Lawmakers move to ease tax repayment pain of more than a million troops

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Military members and federal civilians would see a significantly smaller bite into their paychecks come January under a provision that would stretch the repayment of deferred payroll taxes to 12 months instead of four months. The provision is included in the omnibus spending bill expected to be voted on later today. The bill includes pandemic […]

Citing mega hack, lawmakers urge Trump to sign defense bill full of cyber protections

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WASHINGTON ― Pointing to the huge hack of U.S. government agencies disclosed this week, lawmakers of both parties are calling on President Donald Trump to sign the sweeping national defense policy bill because it contains a host of cybersecurity provisions. Trump repeated a threat Thursday to veto the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, which suggests […]

Lawmakers, former officials surge support for Flournoy to be Biden’s defense secretary

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WASHINGTON — With President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for defense secretary still in flux, a new surge of support for Michèle Flournoy has emerged. Key House Armed Services Committee Democrats, a former defense secretary and a host of other supporters were publicly stumping for her Wednesday to become the first woman to run the Pentagon. For […]

Experts tell lawmakers rapid Afghanistan withdrawal is a recipe for another terror attack

While the Trump administration may feel confident that Afghanistan is no longer a safe haven for al-Qaida, experts who testified before the House Armed Services Committee on Friday warned that withdrawing troops without a peace agreement amounts to a gradual surrender and could lay the groundwork for terrorist networks to once again make a home […]

Lawmakers introduce resolutions to block Trump’s F-35 sale to UAE

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WASHINGTON ― A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced new legislation Wednesday that would halt the Trump administration’s push to circumvent Congress and expedite a $23 billion sale of F-35 fighter jets, Reaper drones and munitions to the United Arab Emirates. A series of resolutions were announced after lawmakers said they failed to get satisfactory answers […]