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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

After Young’s Death, Frelinghuysen Is Frontrunner for Defense Gavel

  • October 21, 2013
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Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) is seen as the most likely candidate to chair the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, CQ reported. The position is vacant after the Oct. 18 passing of Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.), who had served as the subcommittee’s top Republican since 2005…

Army to Speed Up Drawdown, Report Says

  • October 21, 2013
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The Army will have to accelerate its plans to cut 80,000 soldiers and eliminate brigade combat teams (BCTs) at 10 U.S. posts to meet new fiscal demands, the Army Times reported. The major restructuring, originally a four-year plan, will now take place over the next two years, according to the article…

McHugh: Army Needs ‘Some Predictability’ for Budget Planning

  • October 21, 2013
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Army Secretary John McHugh said Monday that sequestration and the lack of a federal budget will continue to gut the service’s budget and all its acquisitions. “We have robbed Peter to pay Paul. Then Paul got furloughed,” McHugh told the annual…

Reid Rejects Surrendering Entitlement Spending to Preserve Defense Programs

  • October 20, 2013
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) poured cold water on the much-talked-about formula of reversing one or more years’ worth of defense cuts in exchange for reductions in entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare. In the immediate aftermath of last week’s agreement to reopen the government and extend the nation’s debt ceiling, Reid insisted that any deficit reduction deal include a mix of entitlement reforms along with increased tax revenue …

Defense Industry Ramps up Campaign against Sequestration

  • October 17, 2013
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The nation’s largest defense companies are rallying to overturn the deep spending cuts triggered under sequestration through social media and outreach to state and local officials. A campaign the Aerospace Industries Association launched last year was unsuccessful, and this year’s effort will focus on “increasing engagement back home at the grass-roots level” as well as reaching federal lawmakers whose districts rely on the defense industry for jobs …

Pentagon Still under Cloud of Sequestration, Officials Stress

  • October 17, 2013
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Despite the end of the partial government shutdown and the return of about 5,000 civilian employees who had been furloughed since Oct. 1, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned the department still must cope with the constraints of a stopgap spending bill and lower spending levels dictated by sequestration. “DOD is now operating on a short-term continuing resolution, which limits our ability to start new programs, and the damaging cuts of sequestration remain the law of the land …

Skepticism Remains over Prospect for Deal Reversing Defense Cuts

  • October 17, 2013
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A number of Republican lawmakers would like to see deep spending cuts scheduled to hit DOD’s budget through fiscal 2021 eliminated or, at least, peeled back, but the prospects for the conference committee charged with hashing out an FY 2014 budget to reach an agreement to replace the sequester cuts with alternate savings still are highly uncertain. Republican lawmakers — including Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), John McCain (Ariz.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Bob Corker (Tenn.) — trying to preserve defense spending point to changes in entitlement programs as the best formula to find the necessary savings …

Budget Conference Charged with Setting FY’14 Spending Level

  • October 16, 2013
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The deal to reopen the federal government approved by Congress Wednesday night still leaves unanswered questions regarding the topline for fiscal 2014 spending and whether Congress will pass individual spending bills or resort to another continuing resolution. The first order of business for the conference committee established under the deal ending the budget standoff will be setting the level of FY 2014 discretionary spending and allocations for individual spending bills that may or may not be enacted after the committee’s report is due Dec. 13 …

House, Senate Clear Measure Ending Government Shutdown, Extending Debt Ceiling

  • October 16, 2013
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The federal government is set to reopen today after both chambers of Congress Wednesday night approved a bipartisan deal crafted in the Senate, ending a weeks-long standoff triggered by the House’s decision to link approval of a fiscal 2014 continuing resolution to changes intended to unravel President Obama’s signature health care law. The Senate first passed the measure by an 81-18 margin, with the House later approving it by a 285-144 margin before sending it to the White House. President Obama has said he would sign the bill …

DOD Needs to Look Beyond BRAC for Savings

  • October 15, 2013
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Efforts to trim spending on the Pentagon’s infrastructure should not be limited to bases in the United States, but should cover DOD’s foreign facilities as well, according to a commentary published in Reuters. Despite downsizing in recent decades, the department still uses a large number of facilities in places such as Germany and South Korea, write Kay Bailey Hutchison, who served as a Republican senator from Texas from 1993 to 2013, and Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution …

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