Midterm Elections: New Faces, New Focus following Democratic House Takeover

Midterm Elections: New Faces, New Focus following Democratic House Takeover

A shift in control of the House from the GOP to the Democrats following Tuesday midterm elections will have repercussions next year for congressional oversight, the defense budget and spending priorities. With the changeover, Washington Rep. Adam Smith (D) is expected to move from ranking member to chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and bring tougher scrutiny to topline spending for DOD and military personnel and planning issues, reports Defense News. Smith has said the $716 billion lawmakers allocated for national security in fiscal 2019 is too high. “The Trump White House, by and large, has let the Pentagon have a lot of free rein,” Smith said. “I think that’s inappropriate, and I think there is a real role for Congress to step in where the White House has stepped back to make sure our military is not engaged in ways” contrary to American values or interests.

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