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Republican Moves Effectively Sidestep Defense Budget Caps

  • March 24, 2015
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The fiscal 2016 budget resolutions the House and Senate are poised to approve this week signal significant support among Republican lawmakers for spending plans that flout the Budget Control Act limits for DOD. On Monday, the House Rules Committee approved a special procedure allowing the House to take up competing budget resolutions, including an alternative to the blueprint passed last week in committee allowing national security spending to exceed the $523 billion statutory cap without any offset …

Possible Veto Threat Could Disrupt Appropriations Process

  • March 24, 2015
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President Obama’s vow last week not to sign any fiscal 2016 appropriations bills that adhere to the statutory spending caps likely is intended to prompt a deal with congressional Republicans that would relax the limits for defense and non-defense spending. Conversely, the president’s pledge may force an impasse that results in a series of continuing resolutions and, possibly, a government shutdown, reported CQ. “I will not, and I’ve been very clear,” Obama said of signing bills that follow the Budget Control Act limits …

ADC Launches 2015 Defense Communities National Summit Website

  • March 24, 2015
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We have arrived at a crossroads for communities and installations — a juncture defined by years of budget battles and indecision …

FAA Approves Airspace Expansion over Northern Plains

  • March 24, 2015
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The FAA on Tuesday approved an Air Force plan to expand military training airspace over parts of four states in the northern Plains, a move that will support operations of B-1 bombers at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., and B-52 bombers at Minot AFB, N.D. The plan will more than triple the area of the Powder River Training Complex to 35,000 square miles located over portions of the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming. “This has been a very long process, but I’m proud we’re finally completing this important expansion to provide our servicemen and women with the resources they need to be successful in a combat environment — all done while saving money,” said Sen. John Thune …

Dempsey Highlights Veterans Initiatives Launched by USC, Los Angeles

  • March 24, 2015
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Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Monday applauded the efforts of the University of Southern California and Los Angeles to help veterans and military families, but said more remains to be done. Dempsey pointed to the Los Angles Veterans Collaborative, a group of more than 300 organizations that have created a network referral system to link veterans with services, benefits and opportunities. The group, which is administered by the USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, meets regularly to resolve issues affecting veterans and military families …

Thousands Rally for Fort Drum at Army Listening Session

  • March 23, 2015
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An overflow crowd of thousands packed into a theater at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, N.Y., Friday night to show their support for Fort Drum …

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Fights for Permanent Earmark Ban

  • March 23, 2015
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An effort by Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick Toomey (R) to enact a permanent ban against earmarks has drawn only limited support, with many appropriators content to retain the GOP’s temporary ban. Toomey introduced a new version in January of an earlier proposal to create a point of order against legislation containing any earmarks. The measure has attracted 10 cosponsors, including Sens. Clair McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), reported CQ. Republicans have banned earmarks since 2011 through caucus rules that have been renewed in each Congress, while Democrats have adopted a voluntary earmark ban …

First Chemical Weapons Destroyed at Pueblo

  • March 23, 2015
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The first step in destroying one of America’s last stockpiles of chemical weapons took place last week at the Pueblo Chemical Depot. Workers destroyed a container of mustard gas in the facility’s new explosion chamber …

Renters Insurance Requirement Waived in AF Privatized Housing

  • March 23, 2015
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Due to a recent Defense Department change in basic allowance for housing (BAH), renters insurance is no longer required for airmen …

Ready and Resilient for the Challenges Ahead

  • March 23, 2015
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The stories of communities’ successes and the effect of their ongoing work are the heart of ADC and the focus of “Ready and Resilient: America’s Defense Communities” …

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