Byrne, Gallego introduce bipartisan bill regarding AUMF jurisdiction

November 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, and Congressman Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, introduced bipartisan legislation that would place jurisdiction over war powers’ issues, including authorizations for the use of military force, under the Congressional Armed Services Committees.  These matters are currently under the jurisdiction of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Under House Rule X, the House Armed Services Committee has jurisdiction over all areas of personnel, material and strategy necessary for the conduct of war, making it the best-equipped panel to handle this critical responsibility.  Byrne and Gallego argue that in addition, because the Congressional Armed Services Committees pass legislation authorizing defense activities every year, this jurisdictional change would give Congress a better opportunity to review and revise war-related policies.

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Senate passes defense spending bill

November 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed the NDAA after it came out of a conference committee report.

The FY18 NDAA conference report authorizes a $88.7 billion increase over FY 2017 national defense funding. It authorizes $634.2 billion for base budget requirements and $65.7 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding, for a record-high total of $699.9 billion.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said in a statement following Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 Conference Report:

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Strange endorses memorial for ‘war on terror’

June 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 5, 2017, US Senator Luther Strange (R-Alabama) announced on Monday that he is co-sponsoring S. 926, the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Act.

The Legislation was introduced by Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). It is supported by multiple veterans’ groups, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Sen. Strange said, “The fight against terrorism in all forms and places is coming to define a generation of America’s men and women in uniform, their families, and the communities across our nation protected by their selfless service. While global threats continue to evolve, and as more Americans are tragically impacted by the effects of radical extremism, it is fitting that we dedicate a place of honor for those whose lives have been cut short along the way. I remain committed to working with my colleagues on the Armed Services Committee to support our troops in their ongoing mission to extinguish terrorism.”
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Sessions Sets Priorities For New Defense Secretary

November 26, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, November 25 U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R from Alabama) said that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s departure highlights the floundering status of the U.S.’s ISIS strategy.

Sen. Sessions, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, outlined what his priorities for a new Defense Secretary will be. The Armed Services Committee will have a lead role in the confirmation hearings of President Barack Obama’s next appointee as Defense Secretary.
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Rogers Calls on ICE Director Morton to Resign

March 11, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers (R) from Saks called the recent release of thousands of illegal immigrants from ICE detention facilities an affront to law-abiding American citizens and called on the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), John Morton, to resign his position.

Rep. Rogers was in response to the release of thousands of illegal immigrants from detention facilities across the country ahead of sequester budget cuts last week.
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