Senators expressed alarm at allegations that the CIA might have spied on staffer work.
There is not a path forward for Congress to agree to a new round of military base closures, Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) told The Hill.
The Senate will vote on two competing measures addressing sexual assault Thursday.
China announced it would increase military spending by 12.2 percent this year from last, the same week the Pentagon announced its budget request for 2015 was staying flat from the year before, at $496 billion.
NATO allies requested the additional jets after Russia invaded Crimea.
Hagel said Wednesday that the U.S. military was acting in response to the crisis in Ukraine.
Defense leaders said Wednesday if lawmakers do not undo defense budget caps known as sequestration, the U.S. would not be able to implement its defense strategy.
The CIA allegedly monitored the Senate Intelligence Committee’s computers.
Defense leaders are telling Congress it has to tackle sequestration again.
The Pentagon started off the 2015 budget season Tuesday with a $496 billion budget that’s sure to face a chorus of critics on Capitol Hill.