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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

House Sticking to Budget Agreement, Boehner Says

  • March 25, 2014
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House Republicans have no plans to adjust the defense spending caps established in last December’s budget deal as a result of Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday. When asked about the likelihood that Congress would lift the caps on defense spending over the next six years, Boehner said it was too soon to tell, reported the Hill. “I don’t know that we’re far enough along in that project to make that determination. In terms of the spending for defense in this year, I believe that we’ll abide by the budget agreement that we’ve already made …

Navy Retains Little Excess Infrastructure, Officials Say

  • March 25, 2014
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The Navy eliminated most of its excess capacity in previous BRAC rounds, but the service still would take the opportunity to assess its existing footprint if Congress were to authorize additional base closures, the Navy’s top leaders told lawmakers Tuesday. “We will certainly take a — a very hard look at all our capacities, at all the bases that we have, should Congress authorize a new BRAC round. And we do support the use of that tool,” Secretary Ray Mabus told the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee …

FY’15 Spending Bills May Not Be Completed on Time

  • March 25, 2014
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Despite optimism from top congressional appropriators about completing all 12 spending bills before the new fiscal year begins, it is likely lawmakers will need to rely on a continuing resolution to fund many agencies after Oct. 1, according to experts. With last December’s budget deal setting how much money lawmakers have to allocate among fiscal 2015 spending measures, appropriators are hoping the process of marking up individual measures will not be held up by partisan bickering over spending levels …

Army Leaders Look to BRAC to Mitigate Spending Cuts

  • March 25, 2014
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The Army’s top civilian and uniformed officials on Tuesday pressed the Pentagon’s case to hold a new BRAC, telling the House Armed Services Committee the service could save an estimated $1 billion annually following a round of base closures. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said that a new round would cost less than the 2005 one and generate a larger return due to a reduction in operating costs and a drop in the Army’s end strength, reported Defense News. The last round required the service to invest $13 billion at the outset, producing annual savings of $1 billion …

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…

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