A shake-up is under way on the congressional committees that oversee national security and defense just days after elections that did little to change the balance of power in the U.S. Senate and House.
Former CIA director David H. Petraeus said a reference to possible al-Qaeda connections was dropped from “talking points” used by the Obama administration in its initial account of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, according to lawmakers.
The U.S. Senate is poised to complete congressional passage of a $1 trillion spending bill to avert a U.S. government shutdown as leaders reached a proposed agreement to prevent a payroll-tax cut from expiring.
The House Appropriations Committee passed today a $649 billion defense spending bill that trims $9 billion from President Barack Obama ’s budget while boosting ground combat vehicles and special operations programs.
The House last week more than tripled funding for an updated version of a Cold War-era tank the U.S. Army says it doesn’t need. If the vote made questionable sense to some watchdogs in an era of tightening military spending, it made a lot of political sense to lawmakers seeking to preserve jobs in their districts.