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Could Global Threat Picture Restore US Defense Increases?

August 31, 2014, Defense News

Roger Zakheim is quoted in this article on the Islamic State terrorist group and its implications on the Defense Department's 2015 budget proposal. 

"Lawmakers want Obama to seek congressional approval before launching any strikes against Islamic State targets inside Syria. Zakheim said such a vote could give House and Senate leaders an opportunity to use a new theater of war to flow more funds to the Defense Department."

“I think you’re definitely going to see some lawmakers making that case when they get back from [the August] recess,” said Roger Zakheim, a former senior House Armed Services Committee aide. “The War Powers [Act] notifications continue to mount. The stack has been growing over August.”

“If Congress does an [authorization for the use of military force] resolution, you could put that in parallel with a sequester bill,” said Zakheim, now practicing law at Covington & Burling. “You could make it two votes,” he said, painting an image of what would be a dramatic scene on the Hill.

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