Top Recipient of War Industry Money to Head GOP House Armed Services Committee

Two House Republicans set to chair committees responsible for crafting and passing the annual defense bill were the biggest recipients of campaign money from individuals and PACs affiliated with the defense sector, an OpenSecrets analysis found. Reps. Mike Rogers (R–Alabama) and Ken Calvert (R–California) are slated to rise from the ranking members of the House Armed Services Committee and Defense… Source Source / Read More: Top Recipient of War Industry Money to Head GOP House Armed Services Committee

Lawmakers Set to Propose Record $847B for Defense, $45B Over Biden’s Request

The United States’s already colossal and record-breaking defense budget is about to get even bigger, with congressional negotiators slated to propose a staggering $847 billion for defense for 2023, new reporting finds — a $45 billion increase over President Joe Biden’s already massive defense budget request. Four people familiar with negotiations told Politico that House and Senate lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have come to a “compromise” on the budget, which could balloon as high as $858 billion when programs outside of the congressional armed services committees are included. $847 billion is equal to the Senate Armed Services…

Democrats Introduce Bill to Slash $100 Billion From Pentagon Budget

While the defense budget continues its decades-long upward spiral, Democrats in the House are waging a push to do something unprecedented: take billions from the defense budget and redirect the money to social spending. On Monday, Representatives Barbara Lee (D-California) and Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) introduced a bill that would cut $100 billion from the defense budget — which, for this year, was a towering $782 billion. This would likely be the largest year-over-year budget cut that the Pentagon has ever seen. The bill would direct the Department of Defense budget for fiscal year 2023 to be calculated by subtracting $100…

Biden Is Reportedly Requesting Over $770 Billion for Defense for 2023

President Joe Biden is expected to request Congress to allocate over $770,000,000,000 for defense for fiscal year 2023, according to anonymous sources, as first reported by Reuters. This would be at least $17 billion higher than the defense budget requested by the Biden administration for 2022, which was already colossal. Biden’s request is also much higher than the $740 billion that Trump requested for 2021 and the $639 billion that Trump requested for 2018 during his first year in office. Officials are still negotiating the final amount, the sources said, meaning that the budget could end up changing in the…