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Local Support Groups Launch Effort to Oppose Budget Cuts

  • October 6, 2015
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The community-based support groups for Fort Polk, La., and Fort Campbell, Ky., on Monday announced a campaign to fight budget-driven cuts in the Army’s force structure. The two groups, Fort Polk Progress and Friends of Fort Campbell, are hoping to gain the support of other Army communities as well. “The goal of our newly-formed coalition is to not only meet our fellow Army community leaders, but to exchange ideas and to find a consensus around protecting active-duty Army force structure,” said Jim Durrett, mayor of Montgomery County, Tenn. …

Economic Growth Dictates Need to Raise Budget Caps, Obama Says

  • October 4, 2015
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President Obama on Friday urged Congress to use the 10-week reprieve provided by the stopgap spending bill he signed last week to negotiate a long-term budget deal that lifts the statutory spending caps. “It’s time to undo them,” Obama said during a news conference at the White House, reported CQ. “If we don’t, then we will have to fund our economic and national security priorities in 2016 at the same levels that we did in 2006.” As Democratic leaders had stressed the day before, the president indicated lawmakers need to wrap up an agreement soon …

Defense Bill Advances toward Threatened Veto

  • October 4, 2015
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) filed cloture Thursday on the conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, setting up a procedural vote to limit debate most likely on Tuesday. Earlier on Thursday, the House adopted the conference report for the legislation, H.R. 1735, but not with enough votes to override a threatened veto of the bill by President Obama. House members voted 270-156 to advance the conference report, with Democratic opposition sufficient enough to sustain a veto. The House would need a two-thirds majority — at least 290 votes — to override the promised veto from the president …

Congressional Leaders Prepare for Bipartisan Budget Negotiations

  • October 2, 2015
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Budget talks among the two parties began at the staff level this week at the White House, according to Democratic leaders, who emphasized the need to reach a deal as quickly as possible. Democrats’ goals include setting topline spending levels, identifying spending offsets, ensuring defense and non-defense spending is raised by equal amounts, and resolving disputes over GOP riders, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters Thursday. “Our top priority is lifting the sequester caps,” said Reid …

President Will Veto Authorization Bill, Carter Says

  • October 1, 2015
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President Obama plans to veto the compromise version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill over its reliance on DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to sidestep the Budget Control Act spending caps, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Wednesday. When asked at a press briefing if he would recommend the president veto the legislation, Carter said, “I already have, and he’s indicated if it were presented to him in this form in which it appears it is going to be presented to him, it is going to be vetoed,” reported the Hill. White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Wednesday also said Obama would send the final version of authorization bill, which Armed Services committee leaders unveiled on Tuesday, back to Congress …

GOP Leaders to Discuss Two-Year Budget Deal with White House, McConnell Says

  • September 30, 2015
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Republican leaders plan to enter budget discussions with the White House shortly to reach a deal over topline spending for fiscal 2016 and 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters Tuesday. “I hope that we in the fall negotiation can get some kind of an agreement on a top line for next year so we can finally, at long last, get back to acting on each appropriations bill separately,” McConnell said, reported CQ Roll Call. The Senate leader also revealed that he and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) spoke with President Obama last week about launching budget talks …

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 …

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 …

White House Reiterates Demand to Bust Spending Caps

  • September 9, 2015
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White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Tuesday reiterated President Obama’s pledge to veto any fiscal 2016 spending bill that merely sticks to the caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act. “He will not sign into law a budget bill that would lock in sequester levels of spending,” he said. With defense spending bills in both chambers already sidestepping the caps by stashing tens of billions of extra dollars in the Pentagon’s war account, the White House ultimatum essentially is warning Republicans that Obama won’t sign any spending bill unless it offers budget relief for non-defense agencies. Lawmakers need to strike a bipartisan deal, Earnest said, reported CQ. Earnest indicated, though, that the White House likely would agree to a continuing resolution that sticks to existing spending levels in order to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month.

Avoiding a Shutdown Will Be Highest Priority following Recess, McConnell Says

  • September 2, 2015
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Lawmakers’ primary challenge when they return to Capitol Hill next week will be clearing a measure to keep the federal government open when the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told WYMT in Hazard, Ky., on Monday. McConnell blamed Senate Democrats for blocking action on fiscal 2016 spending bills because they offered budget relief to the Pentagon but not to domestic agencies, reported the Hill. “They prevented us from doing any of the bills that appropriate money for the government, thereby forcing a negotiation when we go back in after Labor Day, which I’ll be engaged in with the administration and others to try to sort out how much we’re going to spend and where we’re going to spend it,” McConnell told the television station …

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