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 U.S. Defense Department and National Reconnaissance Office plan to spend $15 billion on rocket booster cores without enough information to determine whether they’re getting a “fair and reasonable” price, according to government auditors.