Stories by Megan Scully:
Feb. 14, 2013
Amid accusations of a GOP filibuster, Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a vote on the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Defense secretary Thursday, but senators appeared poised to clear the nomination after the Presidents Day recess, barring any unexpected revelations.
Feb. 13, 2013
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine on Wednesday announced that she would oppose Chuck Hagelís confirmation to be the next Defense secretary but would not support a filibuster of the nominee.
Feb. 6, 2013
The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday said his opposition to Chuck Hagelís nomination to be the next Pentagon chief has only grown in recent days, and he vowed to work hard to defeat his confirmation.
Feb. 6, 2013
Hawkish Republicans in the House and Senate on Wednesday responded to President Barack Obamaís call this week for a short-term plan to delay the sequester with their own proposal to avert, at least temporarily, the across-the-board cuts to defense and non-defense discretionary spending.
Feb. 5, 2013
While Chuck Hagel may not have won over a majority of Republicans in the days following his lackluster appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee, there appears to be enough GOP opposition to an unprecedented filibuster of a Cabinet nominee to, if necessary, generate the 60 votes required for cloture.
Feb. 1, 2013
Chuck Hagelís halting and unconvincing appearance Jan. 31 before the Senate Armed Services Committee hardened Republican opposition to his confirmation, but his critics would likely have to mount an unprecedented, and very divisive, challenge to block him from becoming Defense secretary.
Jan. 31, 2013
Chuck Hagel fielded heated questioning Thursday from Republicans regarding his record on Iran sanctions, Israel and nuclear weapons, but President Barack Obamaís pick to be the next Pentagon chief did not appear to suffer any fatal blows.
Jan. 30, 2013
Chuck Hagel has one big hurdle left to clear before winning Senate confirmation to be the next Defense secretary ó a barrage of questions on Iran, nuclear weapons and gay rights during his appearance Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Jan. 29, 2013
While Republican Chuck Hagel appears likely to win confirmation to lead the Pentagon, many senators in both parties are still holding back their formal endorsements or opposition.
Jan. 8, 2013
As Chuck Hagel prepares for his confirmation hearing to be the next Defense secretary, the former senator can expect a barrage of questions on his support for openly gay servicemembers and his plans for extending certain benefits to gay and lesbian servicemembers and their families.
Dec. 19, 2012
Congress may be gridlocked on most issues, but one major bill is on a glide path for the presidentís desk.
Dec. 18, 2012
Senior Senate Republicans remain noncommittal on the presidentís anticipated nomination of Republican Chuck Hagel as his next secretary of defense, amid growing opposition from pro-Israel groups and commentators.
Nov. 25, 2012
One of the few Bush administration holdovers remaining in the Pentagon as President Barack Obama nears his second term, Sean J. Stackley, is the Navyís top ship buyer.
Nov. 21, 2012
For the Navy, the size of the fleet is important. But so are its capabilities ó a fact that often gets lost in the politically charged debate over how many and what kind of ships the Navy needs to meet its global operational demands.
Nov. 15, 2012
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is holding up consideration of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill over an amendment he plans to offer that would require a jury trial for Americans detained in terrorism investigations.
Nov. 13, 2012
The fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill appears to be a likely candidate for Senate floor debate during the lame-duck session, with opening statements on the sprawling policy measure expected as early as the end of this week, a senior Senate Armed Services Committee aide said. But senators are discussing lots of possible amendments, and if there is no agreement to limit them, it could jeopardize the chances of clearing the bill this year
Nov. 12, 2012
McCain has long been the GOPís most respected voice on national security matters, relentlessly challenging the Obama administration on everything from defense spending cuts to the Sept. 11 attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Oct. 31, 2012
The National Guard has more than 10,000 troops from as far away as Alaska and California aiding Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in 13 states along the Eastern Seaboard ó a quickly organized and sizable force that will likely only fuel lawmakersí efforts to protect these state-run units from any cost-saving Pentagon proposals targeting their personnel and equipment.
Oct. 21, 2012
The powerful subcommittee that directs spending at the Pentagon is set for a leadership overhaul in the next Congress, with Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., and Peter J. Visclosky, D-Ind., the most likely contenders to take the top spots, according to aides and lobbyists.
Sept. 5, 2012
Rep. Todd Akin made national headlines - and drew the ire of his party leaders - when he made comments on "legitimate rape" last month that could ultimately cost him his bid for a Missouri Senate seat. But it didn't mark the first time the six-term House Republican has set himself apart from even the most conservative Members of his party.