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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…

Language Directing Quick Transfer of Ft. Monroe Parcel Left out of Policy Bill

  • January 2, 2014
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A provision directing the Army to convey a 70-acre parcel at Fort Monroe that is separate from the acreage at the historic post already reverting to the commonwealth of Virginia was dropped from the compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill. The language from the House version of the annual policy bill possibly could have forced the Army to transfer the tract to the Fort Monroe Authority at no cost, eliminating the need for lengthy negotiations over the terms of a transfer …

Appropriators near Completion of FY’14 Spending Package

  • January 2, 2014
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Progress on crafting a $1.012 trillion omnibus to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2014 is on schedule for lawmakers to take it up by Jan. 15 when the current continuing resolution runs out. Some hurdles — such as funding levels for specific projects and policy riders from earlier versions of individual spending bills — still remain, and it is unclear how soon leaders of the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees will work those out, reported the Hill …

Policy Bill Bolsters Requirements for Installation Master Plans

  • December 22, 2013
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Master plans for major installations will need to be more comprehensive as the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill adds several new requirements commanders must address. The most significant element may be the requirement for the plans to consider “capacity planning through the establishment of growth boundaries around cantonment areas to focus development towards the core and preserve range and training space,” according to section 2811 of the compromise version of the legislation approved by the Senate last week …

Budget Deal Will Help Restore Decline in Readiness, Top Officials Say

  • December 22, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both applauded on Thursday the bipartisan budget deal for allowing defense spending a reprieve from sequestration’s deepest cuts over the next two years, while warning that difficult budget decisions still remain. “It’s a step in the right direction,” Hagel said during a Pentagon news briefing of the deal which has passed both the House and Senate …

Talks Underway to Strike Compromise on Defense Spending Bill, Durbin Says

  • December 19, 2013
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When it comes to the fiscal 2014 defense spending bill, the assignment for House and Senate appropriators is to find more than $20 billion in savings from the original budget plans advanced in each chamber. “Negotiations are underway. We’ve got to cut $22 billion out of our mark in the Senate,” Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), chair of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, told the Hill. “We understand this won’t be easy …

Defense Bill Could Encourage Services’ Use of EUL Projects

  • December 19, 2013
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House and Senate Armed Services committee leaders hashing out a compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill retained language allowing installation officials to use the proceeds from enhanced used leasing (EUL) projects to cover the administrative costs of launching and managing new projects, a move that could make it easier for the services to consider new projects. As a result, installation officials no longer would need to commit base support funding for administrative expenses associated with studying the feasibility of new EUL efforts and managing the acquisition process to select a developer …

Armed Services Committees Call for Joint Basing Study

  • December 18, 2013
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The Defense Department would be required to assess whether the joint basing initiative has producing any savings and whether the potential exists for additional savings, under a provision in the compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill scheduled to be voted on today by the Senate. The joint basing initiative, a BRAC 2005 recommendation, merged installation support functions at two, and sometimes three, bases — often located contiguously — at 12 locations around the nation. However, lawmakers have been concerned that the initiative has not generated the savings initially projected …

Senate Clears Budget Deal; Appropriators Off to the Races

  • December 18, 2013
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The Senate cleared the two-year bipartisan budget agreement on Wednesday, clearing the way for House and Senate appropriators to craft an omnibus spending package for the last eight-and-a-half months of fiscal 2014. The budget framework passed the Senate by a 64-36 vote and now goes to the desk of President Obama, who applauded the deal after it was passed. The next deadline for appropriators is Jan. 15, the date when the current continuing resolution runs out …

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