John T. Bennett

  • US President Barack Obama (C) speaks alongside Speaker of the House John Boehner (L), Republican of Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), Republican of Kentucky, prior to a meeting of the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, DC, January 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
    Issue Tracker: Summer Showdown

    The Senate this week will continue, and perhaps finish, work on its 2016 Pentagon policy bill. The House could take up its defense appropriations bill, according to a senior aide. As both measures move toward final passage, Republicans essentially are calling President Barack Obama's bluff.

  • US Supreme Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) General Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969) presents his first yearly report to the press at NATO's headquarters in Rocquencourt on April 2, 1952. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read /AFP/GettyImages)
    Column: Signing Off With Thoughts of Ike

    Paradoxically, the longer I covered the military-industrial-congressional complex, the less I understood it. As the last dozen years piled up, so did the questionable outcomes, from the Iraq misadventure to all the troubled and canceled weapon programs.

  • A sign indicates that the Lincoln Memorial and all national parks are closes October 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. The US government is in a forced shutdown after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill last night. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
    Visclosky: D.C. 'Careening' Toward Shutdown

    The third-ranking House Appropriations Committee Democrat says Congress and the White House are "careening" toward another government shutdown, adding a GOP-proposed defense spending plan is partly to blame.

  • WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 8: The U.S. House of Representatives chamber is seen December 8, 2008 in Washington, DC. Members of the media were allowed access to film and photograph the room for the first time in six years. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
    House Panel Sends DoD Spending Bill to Floor

    The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved a bill that proposes nearly $600 billion in 2016 defense spending, leaving intact a controversial $88 billion war account and fully funding weapon programs.

  • NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: Shaun Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget for the Obama Administration speaks at the 2015 Statue Of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation's Gala In The Great Hall at Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration on May 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)
    OMB Chief: Fix Sequestration, End OCO 'Gimmick'

    Ahead of a House Appropriations Committee markup session set for Tuesday, a senior White House official sent a letter to committee leadership decrying the use of war accounts to pay for routine operations as a "gimmick" and called for a fix for sequestration budget cuts, lest they place national security "at unnecessary risk."

  • WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 04: Sen. John McCain answers questions from reporters as he walks to the Senate chamber to vote on an attempt to override U.S. President Barack Obama's veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline legislation March 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Senate vote on overriding the veto failed to pass by the necessary two thirds majority by a count of 62-37. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    McCain's NDAA: It's Complicated

    Sen. John McCain's first defense policy bill is reflection of the Armed Services Committee chairman: bold and complicated. It is the kind of legislation that in one breath proposes lower aircraft carrier cost caps but in the next flirts with potentially costly design changes.

  • Issue Tracker: Appropriations Season

    Defying opposition from conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats — and a White House veto threat — the House Appropriations defense subcommittee last week approved a $578.6 billion 2016 Pentagon spending bill. The measure includes nearly $500 billion in base defense spending and $88.4 billion in war funding. If enacted, that funding level would be $24.4 billion above the amount enacted for the current fiscal year.