FPI Resources for the Senate Debate on Defense

December 16, 2013

Senate lawmakers will debate this week two key pieces of legislation that affect the U.S. military.  First, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (H.J. Res. 59), a two-year budget deal negotiated by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-WA), restores roughly $31 billion in cut funds to defense spending in fiscal years 2014 and 2015.  Second, the amended National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (H.Res. 441), negotiated by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) and Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-OK) and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) and Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), provides the Pentagon with updated legal authorities for its plans and programs.

The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) believes the following writings will be useful as policymakers, lawmakers, and the American public debate the Defense Department's plans, programs, and funding levels for the remainder of FY 2014.


FPI Resources

  • Good Deal – FPI Director William Kristol – The Weekly Standard Blog – December 10, 2013

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