Defense Appropriations/Spending/Budget

Republicans Warn Obama on Gitmo Closure

Opponents of moving Guantánamo detainees to the U.S. mainland are firing a new round of warning shots ahead of an Obama administration plan regarding closing the facility.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., told reporters Thursday he could hold up as many nominations as needed to try to thwart implementation of any executive actions on transferring individuals held at the prison facility at the naval base to the United States.

Pelosi: House Democrats Will Sustain NDAA Veto

Obama Will Veto Defense Authorization Bill

GOP Weekly Address June 20, 2015: First Navy SEAL in House Goes After Harry Reid

Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., delivered the weekly address for the Republicans for the week of June 20. According to, Zinke is the first SEAL elected to the House. He commanded SEAL Team 6, the elite unit famous for killing Osama bin Laden in 2011, and he was awarded two Bronze Stars in 2006. For his time in office he told CQ Roll Call, "I understand that, as a freshman, influence is limited ... [but] my goal is to move the needle."

Zinke's focus in the weekly address was the Defense Authorization and military spending. Zinke criticized Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., for saying that a vote for the current defense bill would be a "waste of time" because President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the bill. 

GOP Weekly Address: June 27, 2015
Boozeman hits "strategy to avoid Senate debate" over NDAA 

White House Affirms Defense Spending Veto Threat

Earnest’s comments upgrades the veto threat slightly from the usually articulated one that his senior “advisers would recommend” a veto.