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Many Military Families Seek Food Aid, Survey Finds

  • September 11, 2014
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An estimated 25 percent of households with a member currently serving in the military receive food assistance from the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest provider of charitable food assistance to low-income Americans, according to a recent survey conducted by the nonprofit. The survey estimated that 620,000 households that seek food assistance from a Feeding America network agency include at least one member serving in the military. Jennifer Gilmore, executive director of the Feeding America San Diego food bank, said she was shocked recently to see 300 people lined up at a military housing development to collect bags of produce …

House to Take up CR Next Week

  • September 11, 2014
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The House is expected to vote by next Wednesday on a continuing resolution (CR) needed to keep the federal government running after Sept. 30, even as Republican leaders have not yet decided whether to include language requested by President Obama authorizing the training and arming of Syrian rebels who are fighting the Islamic State. Regardless of the House leadership’s decision, the rest of the fiscal 2015 stopgap spending bill, which would fund the government through Dec. 11, will remain unchanged from the version introduced Tuesday, reported CQ. At the same time, other issues that could endanger support for the CR, including a short-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, seem to have diminished with the discussion over how to respond to the Islamic State now the primary focus …

Military Remains Economic Engine for San Antonio despite Cutbacks

  • September 11, 2014
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Despite a shrinking military — and the loss of two Air Force bases since 2001 — DOD’s presence in San Antonio has continued to grow through new military health care, training and cybersecurity missions. Earlier this summer, a Joint Base San Antonio briefing said the three installations that make it up — Lackland and Randolph Air Force bases, and Fort Sam Houston — had an $8.1 billion payroll and are responsible for 292,456 direct and indirect jobs, reported the San Antonio Express-News. A 2011 study by the city found that almost 190,000 people were employed as a result of the joint base, generating a $27.7 billion annual economic impact. Following BRAC 2005, DOD spent $3.3 billion on construction at Joint Base San Antonio. The region’s veteran population also has a significant footprint. The 55,000 military retirees in Bexar County, which includes the city of San Antonio, produce a $2.2 billion annual economic impact, according to the story.

D.C. Hospital Looks to Obtain Piece of Walter Reed

  • September 10, 2014
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A Washington, D.C.–based pediatric hospital is hoping to obtain a parcel on the campus of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center for an institute devoted to biomedical research. A deal, however, has not yet been reached between the Children’s National Health System and the federal government. Language in the House version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill authorizes — but does not require — the Army to convey 13.2 acres to the Children’s system at no cost …

Ft. Drum Supporters Optimistic amid Army Downsizing

  • September 10, 2014
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The prospect of devastating cuts in personnel at Fort Drum, N.Y., is troubling as the Army considers shrinking its active-duty end strength by 70,000 troops, but community leaders are confident the strengths of the post and the 10th Mountain Division, along with the support of the North Country region, will allow it to sidestep the deepest reductions. Fort Drum has multiple assets that will remain valuable to the Army even following significant cuts, said Carl McLaughlin, executive director of the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization …

Chances Dim for September Vote on Policy Bill, Levin Says

  • September 10, 2014
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The Senate likely will not act on the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill before lawmakers leave Washington later this month, Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters Wednesday. Levin is not giving up, though, and continues to work with James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the panel’s ranking member, to put together a list of relevant amendments which could be considered in a limited amount of floor time. His goal is to reach a compromise with Inhofe over a unanimous consent agreement, reported the Hill. About 140 amendments have been attached to the annual policy bill. The Senate could finish debating the measure in one or two days, Levin said. The path, however, has become more complicated as a result of the debate over whether Congress should vote to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

White House Request Delays CR Vote

  • September 10, 2014
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House Republicans have pushed back the chamber’s vote on the fiscal 2015 continuing resolution after the White House asked to add language authorizing the government to take action in Syria against the Islamic State. The president’s request to include Title X authorization language for the United States to train and arm Syrian rebels who are fighting the Islamic State came at the eleventh hour, reported CQ. The House now is expected to take up the stopgap spending measure, which would fund the government through Dec. 11, next week …

$10M TIGER Grant to Reduce Congestion outside Ft. Meade

  • September 9, 2014
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The Maryland Department of Transportation will receive $10 million in federal funding to reduce congestion on one of the primary roads providing access to Fort Meade, the state’s two senators announced Tuesday. The funds, awarded through the Department of Transportation’s transportation investment generating economic recovery (TIGER) grant program, would upgrade Route 175 from an undivided two-lane road to a divided six-lane road, with a trail, sidewalks and on-road bike facilities. The stretch of road serves a major entrance gate to the post, which has expanded since the last BRAC round to support a residential and employee population of about 56,000 …

Brunswick Landing Holds Groundbreaking for Business Incubator

  • September 9, 2014
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Local officials held a ceremony at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick in Maine last week to mark the start of $1.5 million in renovations to turn a Navy maintenance facility into a shared manufacturing workspace for startups. So far five technology firms have said they are interested in moving to TechPlace when it opens at Brunswick Landing in December, reported the Bangor Daily News. “TechPlace provides a rare opportunity to join a community of creative innovators and bold entrepreneurs in a shared high-tech manufacturing workplace,” said Steve Levesque …

Approval of Joint Use Runway at Hill AFB Expected to Boost Economic Development

  • September 9, 2014
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Officials in Layton, Utah, believe a newly approved 90-acre project area with access to the runway at Hill Air Force Base will attract development to a business park being created under an enhanced use lease. The project area available for shared use is located on the east side of the runway. It was approved Tuesday by the state Military Installation Development Authority, reported the Standard-Examiner. Last year, the city and the Air Force entered into a partnership to market the parcel to industry …

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