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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

McKeon Retirement to Attract Multiple Challengers for Armed Services Post

  • January 15, 2014
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Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), who has chaired the House Armed Services Committee since 2011, is expected to announce today he will retire from Congress at the end of the year, setting up a fight for the powerful post. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the panel’s vice chairman, is considered the frontrunner and reportedly is McKeon’s choice to replace him, but at least two other senior committee members are expected to challenge Thornberry for the position …

Appropriators Urge DOD to Eliminate Spending on Excess Property

  • January 15, 2014
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The House and Senate Appropriations Committees highlighted the importance of eliminating “wasteful spending” on unused properties rated at “zero percent utilization,” according to the joint explanatory statement accompanying the military construction portion of the fiscal 2014 omnibus. “The DOD is urged to manage its facilities and properties in a responsible manner that does not waste taxpayer resources,” the appropriators added. Appropriators also emphasized their support for projects that promote conservation, green building initiatives, renewable energy and energy security …

Omnibus Advances to Senate

  • January 15, 2014
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By a 359-67 margin, the House on Wednesday easily approved an omnibus spending measure needed to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year. The next stop for the $1.1 trillion measure, which includes all 12 of the annual appropriations bills, is the Senate, where it could be considered as soon as Friday. The omnibus is expected to pass that chamber without any difficulty as well …

House Likely to Approve Omnibus Spending Bill

  • January 15, 2014
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The House today most likely will approve the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund the government until Oct. 1, despite deep-seated opposition from conservatives. Republican lawmakers say they do not expect a large fight ahead of Wednesday’s vote, since the House already signed off on last month’s budget deal, and the omnibus merely fleshes out the details as to how federal agencies will meet the new fiscal 2014 discretionary spending caps included in the budget agreement …

Omnibus Funding for BRAC Cleanup Matches DOD’s Budget Request

  • January 15, 2014
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Cleanup at previously closed bases would receive $451.4 million under the omnibus spending package unveiled Monday, matching the Pentagon’s fiscal 2014 budget request. Both the House and Senate appropriations committees also recommended $451.4 million for BRAC cleanup in their earlier spending bills. This is the first year the two accounts funding cleanup at BRAC installations have been merged …

Congress to Take up Short-Term CR, Omnibus Package this Week

  • January 14, 2014
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Congressional appropriators on Monday unveiled a $1.012 trillion omnibus measure complete with all 12 spending bills needed to keep the federal government operating until Oct. 1. The House is expected to consider the massive piece of legislation on Wednesday, with the Senate likely taking it up by the weekend. If the omnibus passes the House, the Senate would need to schedule at least two procedural votes and 30 hours of debate, leading to a final vote in the chamber as late as Saturday …

DOD Spending Remains Flat under FY’14 Spending Bill

  • January 14, 2014
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Topline DOD spending would be $486.9 billion in fiscal 2014 under the $1.012 trillion omnibus spending bill unveiled Monday, providing almost the same amount of funding the department was allocated last year after sequestration. The base budget recommended for the Pentagon in the omnibus, however, is $29 billion below the administration’s FY 2014 request. Still, the department is much better off than if sequestration had been imposed in the absence of the recent budget deal that eliminated $22 billion in automatic defense cuts for FY 2014 …

Milcon Spending to Rise Compared to FY’13 Post-Sequestration Level

  • January 13, 2014
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Spending for military construction and family housing programs in fiscal 2014 would rise about $1 billion from last year’s available spending level under the massive omnibus spending package unveiled Monday, solely due to the sequester cuts imposed on fiscal 2013 spending. The Defense Department only had an estimated $8.8 billion available for military construction activities in FY 2013 due to sequestration. Compared to the FY 2013 enacted level, however, spending on military construction activities in the current year would drop $817 million to $9.8 billion …

Reserve Components to Play Larger Role in Air Force, James Testifies

  • January 12, 2014
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The Air Force will rely more heavily on the Air National Guard and Reserve components, Secretary Deborah Lee James told members of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force last week. The shift, intended to preserve more capabilities as the service seeks to trim its end strength, will be reflected in the fiscal 2015 budget request, said James, who was sworn in Dec. 20 as the Air Force’s 23rd secretary. The service is slated to eliminate up to 25,000 personnel over the next five years, along with other cost-saving measures …

Lawmakers to Take up Short-Term Spending Extension

  • January 12, 2014
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Congress will consider a three-day continuing resolution (CR) early next week to keep the government open after Jan. 15, even while negotiators continue to make steady progress on a 12-bill, $1.012 trillion omnibus to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2014. “This very short extension is needed to prevent any funding gaps as the agreement moves through the House and Senate next week,” Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said Friday in a statement …

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