U.S. military commanders would lose authority over sexual-assault cases and other major crimes under legislation introduced today by lawmakers from both parties responding to expanding allegations of wrongdoing.
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates backed the Obama administration’s handling of the 2012 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, saying that had he headed the Pentagon at the time he wouldn’t have approved sending a small force into Libya as some critics suggested.
The law that ended furloughs of U.S. air-traffic controllers covers most of the cost largely by taking about $250 million from airport construction-project funding this fiscal year, according to trade groups.
Two U.S. senators introduced a bill today to let the Federal Aviation Administration use airport- improvement funds to pay air-traffic controllers, as efforts accelerated to end flight delays caused by forced budget cuts.
A crush of flight delays at U.S. airports after the furlough of about 10 percent of air-traffic controllers sparked a backlash in the Capitol yesterday, with Republican lawmakers accusing the Obama administration of inventing a crisis to serve its interests in a budget-cut fight.