House Democrats are working toward a consensus for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. Peter Cohn and Christian Bourge of Congress Daily report that Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) has a plan that would establish a timetable for withdrawal and mandate that the Iraqi government meet benchmarks within that context. The Democrats have been stalling the budget resolution and the Iraq supplemental spending bill as a result. “What we’re trying to do it make policy, not just points,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), according to The Hill’s Mike Soraghan. Resolving the issue “has taken longer than we thought it would,” he said. He also said members are discussing a way to allow caucus members to offer an amendment on the floor during the Iraq debate for a full troop withdrawal.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.