In a Washington Post op-ed, Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) said Congress should preemptively authorize military action to defend Taiwan against China.
Chairman Joe Courtney has received $237,000 from General Dynamics' PAC and employees over his House career.
Top defense contractors have quietly restarted their PAC donations after a pause, including to Republican election objectors.
As the F-35 fighter comes under Pentagon review for potential cuts, bipartisan groups of lawmakers are calling to continue high levels of spending on the troubled $1.7 trillion program.
Nicholas Burns’s senior position with the Cohen Group consultancy blurs public service and private-sector work.
The Nashville Democrat, chair of the House subcommittee overseeing nuclear weapons programs, received max contributions last cycle from the PACs of several top defense contractors.
After dipping in the back three quarters of 2020 amid a nationwide focus on policing, the transfer of military weapons and equipment to civilian police has picked back up in the first quarter of 2021.
Over 50 members of Congress are calling on President Biden to "significantly" cut military spending in next year's budget and invest in pandemic recovery and priorities like health care.
The F-35 program could soon be scaled back—and possibly phased out—after gobbling up hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars.
Luria was recently elected vice chair of the House Armed Services Committee after taking contributions from the PACs of several defense contractors to pay off her reelection campaign's debt.