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Congressional Leaders Reach Deal on Compromise Spending Bill

  • December 9, 2014
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Congressional leaders Tuesday night unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending package that includes fiscal 2015 appropriations bills for all government agencies except for the Department of Homeland Security. The delayed release of the compromise legislation may force lawmakers to stay in Washington past Thursday, when the current continuing resolution (CR) expires, and require them to pass a CR for two or three days. The House is expected to take up the “CRomnibus” — a package of 11 individual spending bills and a CR lasting through Feb. 27 for Homeland Security — on Thursday, with the Senate most likely voting in the following days …

Authorization Bill Calls for Moderate Cut to Commissary Subsidy

  • December 9, 2014
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The compromise version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill supports trimming the federal subsidy for military grocery stores by $100 million for one year, significantly scaling back the Pentagon’s cost-cutting proposal. The Defense Department asked for a $200 million cut in the annual direct subsidy for commissaries in FY 2015 as part of a plan to reduce the government’s annual subsidy for commissaries from $1.4 billion to $400 million over three years. Fully imposing the proposal would slash the average savings on groceries from 30 percent to 10 percent …

Funding for Past BRAC Rounds Drops under Omnibus

  • December 9, 2014
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The fiscal 2015 compromise spending bill released Tuesday would provide $315 million to clean up installations closed in past BRAC rounds, a $45 million increase over DOD’s budget request but a $137 million decline from the FY 2014 allocation. The boost over the administration’s request is intended to expedite cleanup at closed Navy bases, according to the House Appropriations Committee. Overall the military construction and veteran affairs portion of the omnibus spending bill would provide $6.6 billion for military construction and family housing programs next year, a figure which approximately matches the administration’s request but represents a $3.25 billion decline from last year’s level. The steep drop in milcon funding reflects DOD’s decision to fund higher priorities such as operations and readiness. For family housing, the bill provides $1.2 billion in FY 2015, which matches DOD’s request but falls $325 million below the enacted FY 2014 level.

Spending Bill Negotiations Held Up

  • December 8, 2014
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House and Senate negotiators were expected to miss their Monday night deadline for wrapping up talks over the fiscal 2015 omnibus spending bill, potentially upsetting the delicate schedule that would allow Congress to avert a federal shutdown. Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said Monday evening that she and House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) had reached agreement on their parts of the “CRomnibus,” and that congressional leaders were hashing out issues unrelated to spending. The CRomnibus includes 11 individual spending bills and a continuing resolution (CR) for the Department of Homeland Security …

Defense Spending Will Dominate Next Secretary’s Schedule

  • December 8, 2014
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Ashton Carter, President Obama’s nominee to succeed Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, is not expected to face an arduous confirmation in the Senate, but he will be confronted with major tests over the department’s budget as soon as he takes the helm at the Pentagon. When Carter arrives DOD’s fiscal 2016 budget request most likely will be completed, leaving him the exercise of selling the proposal — which is expected to exceed the Budget Control Act spending cap by $36 billion — on Capitol Hill …

FY’16 Budget Request Expected to Exceed Spending Cap by $36B

  • December 7, 2014
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The Pentagon’s fiscal 2016 budget request is expected to surpass the corresponding Budget Control Act spending cap by $36 billion, bringing its base budget request in line with its long-planned $535 billion top line, Defense News reported. The higher figure was approved last week by the Office of Management and Budget, according to the story. The gap between DOD’s topline for its next five-year budget, which will cover FY 2016-2020, and the spending caps is expected to jump from $115 billion to $147 billion due to a request from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which says it cannot carry out the current national security strategy without additional resources …

Appropriators on Track to Complete Omnibus in Time for Votes Next Week

  • December 4, 2014
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Negotiations over a fiscal 2015 omnibus spending bill should be finished in time for Congress to vote on it by Dec. 11 when the current continuing resolution runs out, the top appropriators in the House and Senate said Thursday. Appropriators plan to finish talks over the substance of the 11 spending bills slated to be included in the “CRomnibus” by Friday evening. Staff then would draft a final version over the weekend so that the legislation can be posted by Monday, Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, told reporters …

House Spending Plan May Need Democratic Support

  • December 3, 2014
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With House conservatives critical of their leaders’ plan to wrap up fiscal 2015 appropriations bills, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) may need to rely on Democrats to advance the package. House leaders want to move an omnibus made up of individual spending bills for 11 appropriations panels along with a continuing resolution for the Department of Homeland Security that lasts for only several months. By including only short-term funding for immigration-related agencies, Republican leaders say their approach will buy the party time to come up with a viable way to block President Obama’s executive actions on immigration …

Reid to Support House Plan for Avoiding Government Shutdown

  • December 2, 2014
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday said he would support the House Republican plan to fund all government agencies, except for the Department of Homeland Security, through a year-long omnibus. House approval of individual spending bills for 11 appropriations panels with a continuing resolution for Homeland Security that lasts for only several months — earning the strategy the moniker, “CRomnibus” — would be a policy win, Reid said, reported the Hill. “That would be a big accomplishment if we could get a bill over here that would fund all the appropriations subcommittees except for one …

Defense Budget Insufficient to Meet Strategic Guidance, Independent Panel Concludes

  • December 2, 2014
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The defense budget is inadequate to meet the Pentagon’s strategic requirements, even in the absence of threats which emerged over the past year, two members of an independent panel formed to assess the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review told the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday. Michèle Flournoy, a former undersecretary of defense for policy, said the Budget Control Act spending caps pose “a threat to national security” and could jeopardize the lives of service members if another conflict were to arise. Congress should approve the department’s proposals to slash spending through a new BRAC round and reform military compensation …

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