U.S. Congress

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 08:38
If Republicans gain the Senate majority in November, President Barack Obama could face pressure from Congress to send ground troops into Iraq and Syria.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 07:29
A pair of the most hawkish Republican Senators are backing the White House’s decision to arm Syrian Kurds, but they warn an “effective strategy” for defeating Islamic militants is not in place.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 06:38
With the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as his backdrop, President Barack Obama unveiled a new $5 billion fund to fight terrorism in May. Although the announcement was welcomed at the Pentagon and State Department, there were immediate questions about what exactly the money was for. Four months later, those questions remain largely unanswered.
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 09:41
As the price tag for operations in Iraq, Syria and West Africa continues to grow, Pentagon leadership insists that it is well prepared to pay for all of these previously unforeseen long-term operations.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 08:39
Tucked inside the continuing resolution the United States Congress passed late last week was a provision to authorize the training and equipping of “moderate, vetted” elements of the Syrian opposition. The CIA has been carrying out a covert, small-scale version of this program, according to media reports. However, the rapid territorial gains and brutality of ISIS tipped the scales and encouraged the administration to go bigger – and go public — with a $500 million Pentagon-run, train-and-equip program, said U.S. President Barack Obama in a Sept. 10 speech.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 07:40
The Pentagon has notified the U.S. Congress of a possible sale of Huey II helicopters to Lebanon, after the State Department approved the long-stalled request.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 06:47
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said Tuesday the Pentagon will need more money to fund the military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — and suggested Arab nations should bear the cost.
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 08:28
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., wants to step up military aid to Jordan.
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 06:53
The Senate’s passage of President Barack Obama’s plan to arm Syrian rebels sets up an even bigger battle in deadline-driven Washington: The Syria cliff.

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