Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Afghanistan Saturday for a holiday visit with U.S. troops fighting there, amid tensions with the U.S.-backed Afghan regime.
The statement marks another milestone in the effort to remove Bashar Assad’s stockpiles.
Defense hawks want end to sequester, but conservatives want cuts.
A bipartisan group of senators asked China to back off its territorial claims in the Pacific.
The Obama administration still refuses to acknowledge the validity of the zone, which sits over the Senkaku islands, known as Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea.
That said, Vice President Biden pressed Chinese President Xi Jinping, to ease the identification and notification requirements for military and civilian aircraft traveling through the contested area.
The Pentagon has ordered all American forces stationed in the Mideast are on high alert in the wake of Thursday's bombing in Yemen.
"The United States military has increased its regional alert status following the terrorist attack on the Yemeni Republic Ministry of Defense," according to a department statement issued Friday.
Obama insists deal has halted Iran's progress on nuclear weapon.
"Obama's decision to rebalance to the Pacific Basin is not in question,” Biden said.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said Thursday he was “confident” that Congress would pass the stalled Defense authorization bill this year.
But to do so, the Senate may have little chance to consider significant amendments on the bill.