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Lawmakers to Take up Short-Term Spending Extension

  • January 12, 2014
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Congress will consider a three-day continuing resolution (CR) early next week to keep the government open after Jan. 15, even while negotiators continue to make steady progress on a 12-bill, $1.012 trillion omnibus to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2014. “This very short extension is needed to prevent any funding gaps as the agreement moves through the House and Senate next week,” Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said Friday in a statement …

Appropriators Indicate Need for Stopgap Funding Bill to Buy Extra Days’ Time

  • January 9, 2014
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Congress likely will need to consider a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open past Jan. 15 as appropriators believe they will need several extra days to complete a 12-bill, $1.012 trillion omnibus to fund the government through the end of fiscal 2014. Negotiators are expected to reach an agreement on the massive spending bill prior to the Jan. 15 expiration of the current CR, but the House and Senate will need several days to clear the legislation …

Prospect for Stopgap Spending Bill Rises despite Progress on Crafting Omnibus

  • January 8, 2014
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Congressional appropriators continued to make progress Wednesday on resolving differences over funding and policy in the 12 bills needed to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2014. But with the Jan. 15 deadline for both chambers to clear a massive, $1.012 trillion spending package fast approaching, the likelihood is growing stronger that lawmakers will need to take up a short-term continuing resolution …

DOD Awards $16M Grants to Build Elementary Schools at Kansas, New Mexico Bases

  • January 8, 2014
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School districts in Albuquerque, N.M., and Junction City, Kan., will each receive $16 million grants from the Defense Department to replace elementary schools at neighboring military installations. Albuquerque Public Schools will receive $16.3 million to demolish and rebuild Wherry Elementary School located on Kirtland Air Force Base. Geary County Unified School District 475 will receive $16.1 million to build the new Fort Riley Elementary School …

Northwest Washington Installations Stand to Gain from Funding in Defense Bill

  • January 8, 2014
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The 2014 defense authorization bill, signed into law by President Obama late last month, is a boon for installations in northwest Washington, authorizing tens of millions of dollars in funding for projects at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and Naval Base Kitsap. Four construction projects were authorized at Lewis-McChord totaling $153 million, including $79 million for an aircraft maintenance hangar and $37 million for airfield improvements. Three projects were authorized at Whidbey Island, including $85 million for P-8A Poseidon hanger and training facilities …

White House’s FY’15 Budget Request behind Schedule

  • January 7, 2014
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President Obama likely will not deliver his fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress until late February at the earliest, according to budget experts. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will send its “passback guidance” — the White House’s response to an agency’s draft budget — to the Pentagon shortly, reported Defense News. Passbacks, which are followed by one or more rounds of negotiations, usually occur in late November …

Appropriators Complete Work on Defense Bill, but Omnibus Could Slip Past Deadline

  • January 7, 2014
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Congressional appropriators on Tuesday added the defense bill to the list of spending measures for which they have ironed out differences over funding levels and policy as they craft a fiscal 2014 omnibus package, but delays in reaching agreement on the last six bills could force lawmakers to take up a short-term continuing resolution (CR). Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, had hoped to finish all 12 parts of the $1.012 trillion omnibus by Wednesday to give each chamber enough time to consider the legislation before the current CR expires Jan. 15 …

Policy Bill Calls for Plan to Reorganize Pentagon Headquarters

  • January 6, 2014
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The Defense Department will need to craft a plan for reducing the number of personnel at top headquarters offices under the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill recently signed into law. Last month, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a series of austerity measures to streamline the department’s overhead, but the bill language goes further. Hagel must put together a plan for streamlining DOD headquarters “by changing or reducing the size of staffs, eliminating tiers of management, cutting functions that provide little or no added value, and consolidating overlapping and duplicative programs and offices …

Appropriators Scramble to Meet Fast-Approaching Deadline for FY’14 Budget

  • January 6, 2014
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House and Senate appropriators are trying to hash out differences over many of the 12 spending bills intended to be included in a fiscal 2014 omnibus spending package, but discrepancies over policy or funding in eight of the measures could force lawmakers to consider a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to avoid a government shutdown after Jan. 15. Appropriators have agreed on spending amounts and language in four of the bills, including military construction-veterans affairs, Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Monday. Those four will definitely be included in the $1.012 trillion spending package …

Congress Heads Back to DC Facing Tight Deadlines on Spending, Debt Limit

  • January 5, 2014
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In an effort to expedite the appropriations process early in the second session of the 113th Congress, top lawmakers plan to introduce an omnibus spending bill after having ironed out differences in the 12 individual spending bills over the holiday break, CQ reported. “I think they want to do a blitzkrieg, file and move it rapidly and give people as little time as possible to cause problems,” one Republican lawmaker told CQ…

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