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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

Republican Support May Exist in House for CR Compromise

  • September 22, 2013
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Some House Republicans may be willing to accept a fiscal 2014 continuing resolution (CR) shorn of language defunding the Affordable Care Act in order to avert a government shutdown. Following Friday’s vote by House Republicans to pass a CR that would keep the government running through Dec. 15 but also block funding for President Obama’s signature health care law, the immediate attention on Capitol Hill turns to the Senate …

Only Half of BRAC 2005 Recommendations Intended to Save Money

  • September 19, 2013
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In remarks delivered last week at an event hosted by the Association of the United States Army, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld took Congress to task for rejecting many of the Pentagon’s cost-cutting initiatives, including carrying out a new base closure round. In trying to counter one of lawmakers’ most popular arguments against another BRAC, he pointed out that only a small part of the much-criticized, one-time, $35 billion cost to implement the 2005 round went toward closing bases …

Marines Plan East Coast Headquarters Consolidation, Senior Planning Officer Says

  • September 19, 2013
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As part of its effort to meet the fiscal constraints imposed under sequestration, the Marine Corps is planning to eliminate a three-star expeditionary force headquarters command in Camp Lejeune, N.C., and consolidate it into one East Coast headquarters in Norfolk, Va. The new command would complement an expeditionary task force headquarters in Okinawa, Japan, and one based in Camp Pendleton, Calif., that is deployable anywhere, Maj. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. said Thursday …

Reid Has Options to Strip Defunding Provision from CR

  • September 19, 2013
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has vowed to strip language blocking funding from the Affordable Care Act from the House version of a fiscal 2014 continuing resolution (CR), but has not said what legislative procedures he’ll employ to accomplish that. Democrat senators are somewhat confident they will be able to pick up the six Republican votes needed to invoke cloture to proceed to the bill and later to end debate and proceed to final passage …

OMB Directs Agencies to Prepare Shutdown Plans

  • September 19, 2013
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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has directed agencies to update their contingency plans in case Congress fails to pass a fiscal 2014 continuing resolution needed to keep the government open after Sept. 30. In a memo, Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell said “prudent management” requires agencies to update their plans for operating without an appropriation, reported Government Executive. The fiscal year ends in 11 days, so there still is adequate opportunity for lawmakers to elude a shutdown. “There is enough time for Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations, and the administration is willing to work with Congress to enact a short-term continuing resolution to fund critical government operations and allow Congress the time to complete the full year 2014 appropriations,” Burwell stated.

Continued Sequester Cuts Would Further Debilitate Readiness, Force Structure, Chiefs Testify

  • September 18, 2013
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Before a House Armed Services Committee hearing Wednesday, the services’ top military officers delivered a grim assessment of their ability to meet the armed forces’ defense strategy if automatic spending cuts remain in place. “If Congress does not act to mitigate the magnitude and speed of the reductions under the [deficit reduction law] with sequestration, the Army will not be able to fully execute the requirements of the 2012 defense strategic guidance …

House Move to Defund Health Law Could Take CR to the Brink

  • September 18, 2013
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The decision by House leaders Wednesday to strip funding for the Affordable Care Act in a fiscal 2014 continuing resolution (CR) puts lawmakers on the path to a high-stakes showdown over a government shutdown Oct. 1. The proposal the House is scheduled to vote on Friday would fund the government through Dec. 15 at an annual spending level of $986.3 billion, slightly below the discretionary topline for the current year due to scorekeeping adjustments. But it also would block funding for President Obama’s signature legislative achievement as well as instruct the Treasury to prioritize debt payments if the nation’s debt ceiling is reached …

Installations Community Mourns Passing of DOD’s Nancy Natoli

  • September 17, 2013
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Nancy Natoli, who led the Pentagon’s effort to protect military test and training facilities from incompatible development, passed away Monday following a recent battle with cancer. Natoli has been the program director of the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program since February 2012, after serving as a program coordinator for the previous three years …

Hagel Calls for Security Review at Worldwide Installations

  • September 17, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday called for a review of physical security at all U.S. military bases, one day after a contract worker killed 12 people in a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard. Hagel said he would meet with service chiefs to define the scope of the worldwide review, which would focus on physical security rather than the granting of security clearances …

DOD Comptroller Not Entirely Pessimistic over Prospects for Sequestration Relief

  • September 17, 2013
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Pentagon Comptroller Bob Hale remains somewhat hopeful that Congress can reach a deal to restore at least a portion of the sequester cuts slated to hit DOD’s budget in fiscal 2014, but at the same time he’s making sure the department is prepared for a second straight year of automatic spending cuts. “Maybe some kind of mini-deal that is much scaled down but would restore at least some funding in the discretionary areas, including defense …

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