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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

Defense Committees Take on New Leadership

  • January 23, 2014
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Retirements at the end of the year by the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees, along with the recent deaths of two long-time appropriators, are resulting in a rapid turnover of the leadership of four defense panels. The retirement announcement last week from Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of House Armed Services, follows the earlier retirement announcement from Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.). As a result, both committees will have new leaders in the 114th Congress …

White House to Release FY’15 Budget in Early March

  • January 23, 2014
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The White House has settled on March 4 as the date it will submit the fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress, a one-month delay caused by lawmakers’ failure to complete work on the FY 2014 budget before last week. The Office of Management and Budget began doing “passbacks” this week, the process in which the White House delivers its response to agencies’ draft budgets, reported CQ. Passbacks typically are followed by one or more rounds of negotiations …

DOD Considers $1B Cut to Commissary Budget

  • January 22, 2014
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The Pentagon is considering recommending that funding for military grocery stores drop by $1 billion, or 71 percent, over three years as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request, reported Military.com. A cut of that magnitude likely would lead to the widespread closure of commissaries, with stateside stores bearing the brunt of the impact. The recommendation under discussion would reduce the Defense Commissary Agency’s current budget from $1.4 billion to $400 million by FY 2017 …

Omnibus Still Leaves Deep Spending Cuts Looming, DOD Official Says

  • January 16, 2014
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The fiscal 2014 omnibus spending bill provides the military a measure of relief from deep sequester cuts but still leaves defense officials “to face some tough decisions about the future of our force,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters Thursday. “We are still absorbing nearly $30 billion over the next 10 years that were not accounted for in the presidential budget submission,” Kirby said in reference to the gap between the funding allocated for defense in the omnibus and the administration’s original budget request …

McKeon Retirement to Attract Multiple Challengers for Armed Services Post

  • January 15, 2014
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Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), who has chaired the House Armed Services Committee since 2011, is expected to announce today he will retire from Congress at the end of the year, setting up a fight for the powerful post. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the panel’s vice chairman, is considered the frontrunner and reportedly is McKeon’s choice to replace him, but at least two other senior committee members are expected to challenge Thornberry for the position …

Appropriators Urge DOD to Eliminate Spending on Excess Property

  • January 15, 2014
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The House and Senate Appropriations Committees highlighted the importance of eliminating “wasteful spending” on unused properties rated at “zero percent utilization,” according to the joint explanatory statement accompanying the military construction portion of the fiscal 2014 omnibus. “The DOD is urged to manage its facilities and properties in a responsible manner that does not waste taxpayer resources,” the appropriators added. Appropriators also emphasized their support for projects that promote conservation, green building initiatives, renewable energy and energy security …

Omnibus Advances to Senate

  • January 15, 2014
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By a 359-67 margin, the House on Wednesday easily approved an omnibus spending measure needed to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year. The next stop for the $1.1 trillion measure, which includes all 12 of the annual appropriations bills, is the Senate, where it could be considered as soon as Friday. The omnibus is expected to pass that chamber without any difficulty as well …

House Likely to Approve Omnibus Spending Bill

  • January 15, 2014
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The House today most likely will approve the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund the government until Oct. 1, despite deep-seated opposition from conservatives. Republican lawmakers say they do not expect a large fight ahead of Wednesday’s vote, since the House already signed off on last month’s budget deal, and the omnibus merely fleshes out the details as to how federal agencies will meet the new fiscal 2014 discretionary spending caps included in the budget agreement …

Omnibus Funding for BRAC Cleanup Matches DOD’s Budget Request

  • January 15, 2014
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Cleanup at previously closed bases would receive $451.4 million under the omnibus spending package unveiled Monday, matching the Pentagon’s fiscal 2014 budget request. Both the House and Senate appropriations committees also recommended $451.4 million for BRAC cleanup in their earlier spending bills. This is the first year the two accounts funding cleanup at BRAC installations have been merged …

Congress to Take up Short-Term CR, Omnibus Package this Week

  • January 14, 2014
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Congressional appropriators on Monday unveiled a $1.012 trillion omnibus measure complete with all 12 spending bills needed to keep the federal government operating until Oct. 1. The House is expected to consider the massive piece of legislation on Wednesday, with the Senate likely taking it up by the weekend. If the omnibus passes the House, the Senate would need to schedule at least two procedural votes and 30 hours of debate, leading to a final vote in the chamber as late as Saturday …

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