U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a taste of the budget fights he will face this year as senators protested his proposals to cut the Army’s size, reduce benefits for troops and retire the A-10 attack plane.
The Senate plans to vote today on legislation to lift the U.S. debt limit without conditions and send the measure to President Barack Obama, marking a win for Democrats who refused to consider Republican conditions.
The State Department failed to respond to intelligence warnings about deteriorating security in Benghazi, Libya, before the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. mission, according to a report by the Senate intelligence panel.
Senator Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican, said it’s “imperative” that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad be removed, adding that he favors imposing a no- fly zone if the military determines it’s necessary.
A Republican takeover of the House of Representatives and other election victories yesterday may mean that U.S. subsidies aiding ethanol producers will be cut after the party pledged to reduce government spending.