Washington, D.C. --- U.S. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-VA) tonight announced that they have reached an agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007. The conference report is expected to be filed in both the Senate and the House on September 29, 2006.
Washington, D.C. -- Today, the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee and the Economic Opportunity Subcommittee of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a joint hearing to discuss expanded educational benefits for members of the Selected Reserves.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) today provided the full House of Representatives a detailed description of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which creates a new judicial system to try terrorists captured in the Global War on Terrorism. While protecting American troops and intelligence agents, the Military Commissions Act grants accused terrorists numerous rights to ensure basic fairness and allow them to mount a full defense.
Washington, D.C. — Defense Department witnesses strongly refuted claims made in recent NBC news broadcasts that the Army declined to pursue an allegedly available interim capability to protect combat vehicles against projectiles such as rocket propelled grenades and that soldiers lives have been lost unnecessarily as a result.
Washington, D.C. --- Republican and Democratic Members of the House Armed Services Committee today overwhelmingly voted in favor of legislation creating a new judicial process to prosecute terrorists captured in the ongoing Global War on Terror and to protect American troops on the battlefield. The Military Commissions Act, sponsored by Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), passed in the Armed Services Committee by a bipartisan vote of 52-8-1. The full House of Representatives is expected to consider the legislation next week.
Washington, D.C. --- U.S. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) today responded to Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) comments at her weekly press conference that capturing Al Qaeda Leader Osama bin Laden would not make safer. Hunter also invited the Minority Leader to work with House Republicans to design a new judicial process to prosecute terrorists for war crimes.
Washington, D.C. — In the wake of a new White House legislative proposal for military commissions, witnesses testifying today before the House Armed Services Committee about the military commission process largely agreed with Chairman Duncan Hunter’s observation that the final legislative framework should allow for the fair and effective prosecution of enemy terrorists, while preserving the ability of our warfighters to operate effectively on the battlefield. The six-witness panel consisted of each of the four military services’ top military lawyers, or Judge Advocate Generals, as well as the Justice Department’s Acting Assistant Attorney General and legal counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Terry Everett (R-AL) congratulated Lt. Gen. Henry "Trey" Obering and the staff of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and its industry’s partners on today’s successful exercise and flight test which involved the launch of a ground-based interceptor missile designed to protect the United States against a limited long-range ballistic missile attack. The test took place this morning from the Ronald W. Reagan Missile Defense Site located at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
Washington, D.C. --- U.S. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) today announced, along with the support of Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-VA), that the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 will include increased funding for combat readiness and equipment reset. The emergency bridge fund included in the annual defense authorization bill would be increased by $20 billion, raising the current authorization from $50 billion to $70 billion.