Source: CQ Morning Briefing, subscription
By: Adriel Bettelheim
December 9, 2013
A fight over whether to impose new sanctions on Iran is still complicating the Senate’s fiscal 2014 defense authorization and increasing the likelihood the House will move fallback defense legislation this week.
Disputes over the number and type of amendments stymied Senate work on the Pentagon policy bill before the Thanksgiving recess. Though the chamber’s Democratic leaders have been trying to keep the Iran debate separate from the bill, the measure (S 1197) remains the preferred vehicle for Republicans who want to step up sanctions on Tehran.
Source: Defense One, http://bit.ly/19wds0I
By: Billy House
December 9, 2013
With the House scheduled to adjourn for the year on Friday, both chambers will try to address a bevy of unfinished business this week, including the budget, a defense bill, and legislation to fund food stamps and farm programs.
All eyes will be on Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray, as the budget conference committee is set to announce whether a deal has been struck. While there were signs of optimism last week, leaders in both parties were also discussing backup plans in case the committee fails.
Source: Defense News, http://bit.ly/IB3swH
By: Paul McLeary and Michelle Tan
December 8, 2013
WASHINGTON — US Army leaders are considering scrapping its entire fleet of Bell Helicopter OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopters, while pulling the National Guard’s Boeing AH-64 Apaches into the active-duty force to fill the scout helicopter role as the Army seeks to fulfill its longer-term requirement of a newly developed armed aerial scout, according to several Army and defense industry sources.
The plan also calls for giving active Black Hawk helicopters to the Guard, while taking half of the Guard’s Lakota fleet, using them as active-duty trainers and scrapping its Jet Rangers.