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Defense Industry Adjustment Program Survives Conference Committee

  • September 30, 2015
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DOD’s program for supporting communities coping with the cancellation of a defense contract or a major reduction in defense spending would not be eliminated under the conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill released Tuesday. The Senate version of the measure called for stripping out $33.1 million from DOD’s $110.6 million FY 2016 budget request for the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) that would fund the agency’s defense industry adjustment program. The House version of the authorization bill, however, left the $110.6 million request for OEA intact, requiring House and Senate conferees to resolve the dispute …

CR Clears Procedural Hurdle in Senate

  • September 29, 2015
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The Senate is expected to pass a fiscal 2016 continuing resolution today funding the government for 10 weeks, after the chamber on Monday voted to limit debate on the measure. The procedural vote keeps the CR on track to go to the House on Wednesday, the last day before funding for the federal government runs out. The House is expected to adopt the bill, even though it fails to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding …

Short-Term Relief from Boehner Resignation Unlikely to Translate into Long-Term Budget Deal

  • September 29, 2015
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House Speaker John Boehner’s surprise announcement that he would retire next month appears to have averted the possibility of a government shutdown this week, but it may have ended the chances for a bipartisan deal to relax the statutory spending caps and advance a fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill. The end result could be a full-year continuing resolution. With hard-line conservatives in the House emboldened by Boehner’s departure, the new speaker almost certainly will find it more difficult to negotiate a bipartisan budget agreement that loosens the caps, reports CQ. A new House leader could be forced to make concessions to conservatives, limiting his ability to negotiate higher spending levels with Democrats …

Boehner News Paves Way for Short-Term CR to Advance

  • September 27, 2015
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A government shutdown starting Thursday appears to have been averted following last week’s surprising announcement by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) that he would step down next month. Boehner told the GOP conference he plans to put the “clean” continuing resolution (CR) now moving in the Senate on the House floor early this week. Several members of the Freedom Caucus, the conservative group that led the revolt against Boehner’s leadership, said they now will support the stopgap without insisting it bar funding for Planned Parenthood. “The commitment has been made that there will be no shutdown,” said Rep. John Fleming …

Senate Republicans Open to Budget Deal to Lift Spending Caps

  • September 25, 2015
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With much of Capitol Hill focused on averting a government shutdown next Thursday, Senate Republicans say it is likely Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will be willing to negotiate increases in the Budget Control Act caps on defense and non-defense spending as part of a year-end deal that also incorporates the temporary and permanent extension of tax breaks and, possibly, extends the nation’s debt ceiling. “You never know. Miracles sometimes happen at the end of the year,” Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said this week. Any talks on relaxing the spending caps or other year-end business will wait, however, until lawmakers complete work on a continuing resolution to fund the government starting Oct. 1 …

Grass Grows as Funding Falls at Ft. Bragg

  • September 25, 2015
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Some of the grounds at Fort Bragg are being mowed less frequently as installation officials cope with constrained funding for base support and commanders try to focus their soldiers’ time on military training. Officials rely on a contractor to maintain about 230 high-visibility acres at the North Carolina post, while soldiers maintain areas owned by Army units and tenants take care of grounds they occupy. “We are contracting a very small portion,” said Audrey Oxendine, acting operations officer in the operations and maintenance office …

CR Likely to Advance First in Senate

  • September 22, 2015
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Action on a continuing resolution (CR) needed to avert a government shutdown on Oct. 1 likely will begin in the Senate this week, according to congressional aides. With time quickly running out before the start of fiscal 2016, letting the Senate take the lead should ensure procedural delays don’t stop a CR from advancing, reports CQ. House leaders last week adopted rules allowing that chamber to move more quickly on a stopgap measure. The CR introduced in the Senate could include language to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood and, if so, it almost certainly would be blocked from going to the floor …

DOD Readies New Plan for Trimming Commissary Subsidies

  • September 20, 2015
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In the face of congressional resistance to its plan for phasing out funding for commissaries, defense officials are working on a new proposal that aims to preserve discounts for military families and protect employees from pay cuts, according to draft documents being prepared for the administration’s fiscal 2017 budget request. The new plan still is designed to make military grocery stores self-sustaining — as military exchanges are — but it would trim funding for commissaries more gradually than the administration’s FY 2016 proposal while testing variable pricing as a way to offset lower funding levels, reports Stars and Stripes. The plan also would prohibit commissary employees from incurring a pay cut while the stores are being converted to non-appropriated fund activities, which receive no congressional funding …

Democrats Remain Firm in Demands for Supporting CR

  • September 18, 2015
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Congressional leaders on Thursday crept closer to producing a fiscal 2016 continuing resolution (CR) needed to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month, as the top party leaders in the House met for the first time to discuss the stopgap measure and Democrat leaders agreed on a united strategy. After meeting with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the two talked about the measure’s funding level, reported the Hill. “We don’t have a number right now,” Pelosi said. “But, we talked about how we would arrive at a number.” Pelosi said she preferred a CR that expired prior to mid-December, the Republican’s favored duration …

Deal to Raise Budget Caps Likely, McConnell Says

  • September 17, 2015
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Congress most likely will strike a deal relaxing the Budget Control Act spending caps to break this year’s budget impasse, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday.
McConnell blamed Senate Democrats for blocking votes on fiscal 2016 appropriations bills that failed to provide spending relief for non-defense agencies commensurate with the extra spending provided in the Republican budget framework for the Pentagon, reported the Hill. “It is my hope that we will end up having a continuing resolution into later this year, which will give time for us to engage with the administration in determining how much we’re going to spend and where we’re going to spend it …

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