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House Strategies to End Shutdown Rebuffed by Senate

  • October 1, 2013
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House Republicans on Tuesday failed to pass the chamber’s latest iteration to restore funding for at least some agencies, when separate resolutions to provide stopgap funding for the Veterans Affairs Department and the National Park Service and one to permit the D.C. government to continue operating failed to obtain a two-thirds majority. The three bills likely could pass today when Republican leaders plan to bring them back under regular rules so they can be passed by a simple majority. But Senate Democrats said the move is futile and would be rejected in that chamber …

House, Senate Agree to Pay Service Members during Shutdown

  • September 30, 2013
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Amid a partisan faceoff over legislation needed to keep the government open, House and Senate lawmakers approved a measure to ensure that service members and some DOD civilians get paid if the government shuts down starting today. The House passed the measure over the weekend by a 423-0 vote, while the Senate cleared it Monday by unanimous consent, sending it to President Obama for his signature. The bill would provide funds to pay members of the armed services on active duty, including Coast Guard personnel and reserve components, during a shutdown …

Pentagon to Apportion FY’14 Spending More Carefully

  • September 30, 2013
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Defense officials will take into account the strong likelihood that sequestration will be imposed once again in fiscal 2014 when they allot funds in the first several months of the fiscal year, a move intended to avoid the sharp cutbacks in operation and maintenance spending the department was forced to carry out over the last six months. “I think this time we will start operating at a somewhat lower level than … than certainly than the president’s request,” DOD Comptroller Robert Hale told reporters last week …

Length of Shutdown Would Determine Impact on Contractor Workforce

  • September 30, 2013
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A government shutdown, scheduled to begin Tuesday if Congress fails to pass a fiscal 2014 continuing resolution, would be “disruptive and stupid,” Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday. Carter underscored that a shutdown would be “extremely disruptive and unfortunate” as about half of the department’s civilian personnel would be placed on no duty-no pay furloughs after they already had been furloughed for more than a week earlier this year …

House Insistence on Knocking Down Obamacare Drives Government to Brink of Shutdown

  • September 30, 2013
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The Senate late Monday night rejected the House’s third attempt in four days to dismantle elements of President Obama’s signature health care law, leaving no clear avenue for avoiding a government shutdown to go into effect at midnight. Action in the Senate began in the afternoon when the chamber turned back the two amendments the House attached to the fiscal 2014 continuing resolution over the weekend — one delaying implementation of the Affordable Care Act by one year, the other repealing a tax on medical devices …

Shutdown Would Impose Furloughs on DOD Civilians Again

  • September 29, 2013
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About half of the Pentagon’s 800,000-member civilian workforce would be placed on unpaid furlough starting Tuesday if the government shuts down due to the failure of Congress to pass a fiscal 2014 continuing resolution, Comptroller Robert Hale told reporters Friday. The emergency furloughs triggered by a lapse in appropriations at the beginning of the new fiscal year would be the second time in recent months civilian employees are subject to unpaid furloughs …

No Way Out: Shutdown Imminent after House Makes Late Night Changes to CR

  • September 29, 2013
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Opting not to back down from their fight to abolish Obamacare, House Republicans early Sunday morning added two new amendments designed to undermine President Obama’s signature health care legislation to the fiscal 2014 continuing resolution (CR) passed Friday by the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) earlier vowed to reject the two amendments when his chamber returns on Monday, making a government shutdown starting Tuesday a near certainty …

Ayotte Places Hold on Air Force Nominee over A-10 Retirement Plans

  • September 26, 2013
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New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) has placed a hold on the nominee to be the next Air Force secretary over concerns that the service is planning on retiring its entire fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft. Ayotte’s move comes one week after she pressed nominee Deborah James, president of the technology and engineering division at SAIC, as to whether the Air Force had already decided to retire the fleet. Lee responded that she didn’t believe a decision had been made, but she acknowledged that officials were considering complete divestitures of aircraft types as one way to address budget constraints …

House Leaders’ Intention to Amend CR Raises Threat of Shutdown

  • September 26, 2013
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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday said he does not plan on accepting the fiscal 2014 continuing resolution the Senate is on the verge of passing, setting up the possibility of last-minute machinations between the House and Senate that could result in a government shutdown on Oct. 1. The House has not yet settled on what provisions it will add to the measure, but reportedly is considering several options, including revoking the Affordable Care Act’s medical device tax, repealing a board established to make recommendations about Medicare and eliminating federal contributions to help pay for lawmakers’ health coverage …

Senate Committee Advances Nomination of Candidate for DOD Readiness Chief

  • September 25, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday advanced the nomination of Jessica Wright to be undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, the department’s senior official responsible for issues related to military and civilian personnel, including quality of life. Wright has served as acting undersecretary for personnel and readiness since Jan. 1, and previously served as assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs …

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