Making the Case

Posted February 6, 2004 at 1:04pm

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld speaks with Senate Armed Services Chairman John Warner (R-Va.) last week during a hearing on President Bush’s defense authorization request for fiscal 2005. The president’s budget calls for increasing defense spending by 7.1 percent to $401.7 billion. During the hearing, which was moved to the Rayburn House Office Building because of the ricin discovery that closed the Senate office buildings, Rumsfeld came under fire for using emergency powers to increase troop strength by 30,000. Democrats said the move is an attempt to sidestep Congressional oversight.