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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

Pet Projects Back in Vogue on Capitol Hill

  • March 24, 2014
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Last December’s budget deal, which by current indications will allow Congress to follow regular order for moving annual appropriations bills, also may allow lawmakers to press for funding for installations and favored military projects in their districts. In multiple hearings in recent weeks on DOD’s fiscal 2015 budget request, lawmakers have made clear they will fight to protect missions at local bases and manufacturing facilities in their districts, reports Defense News …

DOD Bets Against Sequestration

  • March 23, 2014
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The DOD’s current long-term fiscal plans make a big assumption–that Congress will find a way to halt the automatic $35 billion cut to the department’s budget slated for 2016. In a memo to the military service chiefs last month, Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox said next fiscal year “will be a critical inflection point…and we will look for a signal from Congress that sequestration will not be imposed in FY 2016…

Community and State Leaders Rally to Protect Scott AFB

  • March 23, 2014
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A coalition of local leaders and state officials backing Scott Air Force Base, led by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), met with General Mark Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, in an effort to persuade the General of the base’s importance to national defense. Scott Air Force Base, located in southwestern Illinois, employs 13,000 uniformed and civilian workers and represents a large economic engine for the local economy, contributing $2.5 billion dollars annually to the region…

Some House Members Shift Perspectives on BRAC

  • March 20, 2014
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Congress will vote to approve a new round of BRAC in the near future, according to a vocal member of the House Armed Services Committee, who commented on Tuesday. Asked about when and if BRAC would pass, Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA) said…

Senate Defense Subcommittees Schedule NDAA Markups for Open Session

  • March 20, 2014
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Four of the six Senate Armed Services Subcommittees will hold markups of the 2015 Defense authorization bill in open session, an increase over three subcommittees last year, according to the committee’s schedule.This year, the Emerging Threats subcommittee joins the Readiness, Airland and Personnel subcommittees in holding markup in an open session…

McCaskill Wants More Vets Jobs, Workforce Act Renewal

  • March 19, 2014
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U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) joined with St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and local veterans Tuesday to request that Congress renew the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the expired law that authorizes job training programs…

Lawmakers Weigh Politics and Economics in Deciding on BRAC Rounds

  • March 19, 2014
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Lawmakers’ uncharacteristic bipartisan opposition to the DOD’s request for a new BRAC round continues to be a political hot potato, according to two recently published commentaries. The 2005 BRAC round proved to be the costliest ever, according to retired General Norton Schwartz, former Chief of Staff of the Air Force and William Murdy, chairman of Comfort Systems USA and vice chairman of the board of directors for Business Executives for National Security…

House Republicans Propose Cutting 115,000 Civilian Defense Jobs

  • March 18, 2014
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A proposal by House Republicans would cut 115,000 civilian jobs from the Department of Defense over the next six years. The Rebalance for an Effective Defense Uniform and Civilian Employees (REDUCE) Act would cut 15 percent of the DoD’s civilian workforce, saving $82.5 billion over the first five years of cuts, the bill’s sponsors argue, the Federal Times reported…

Senators Introduce Bill to Prevent Cuts to Commissaries

  • March 17, 2014
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Several U.S. senators have introduced new legislation to preserve funding for military commissaries, freezing the DOD’s FY 2015 budget proposal to cut funding to the government- subsided grocery stores. The “Military Commissary Sustainment Act,” co-sponsored by Sen. Mark Warner (D)…

Difficult Choices Shape Air Force’s Facilities Budget

  • March 17, 2014
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The Air Force’s fiscal 2015 budget request accepts risks in installation support, military construction and facilities sustainment for the short term as part of a strategic decision made in the face of fiscal constraints. “The Air Force attempted to strike the delicate balance of a ready force today and a modern force tomorrow, while also recovering from the impacts of sequestration and adjusting to budget reductions,” said Kathleen Ferguson …

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