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Posts Tagged ‘Congress/DOD’

Latest Squabble over Spending Bills Unlikely to Help Dissolve Sequester

  • June 9, 2013
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Last week’s threat by the White House to veto fiscal 2014 spending bills unless House Republicans and Senate Democrats come to a compromise over a broad budget plan is unlikely to accomplish its aim — reaching an agreement that reverses next year’s sequester cuts, according to budget experts. Following President Obama’s veto threat — prompted by the week’s House votes over the military construction-veterans affairs and homeland security spending measures — House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) accused the president of threatening a government shutdown, arguing that negotiations over a grand bargain to reduce the deficit should continue on a separate track from discussions over next year’s spending …

Wittman Determined to Fight Military’s Readiness Crisis

  • June 7, 2013
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Since taking the helm of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee at the beginning of the 113th Congress, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) has made his chief priority clear — reversing the armed forces’ readiness crisis. Wittman believes that strategy must drive the budget for defense, and not the other way around. He has said that the nation should not attempt to solve its fiscal issues on the backs of its all-volunteer force …

Defense Bill Language Could Ease Return of Ft. Monroe Parcel

  • June 6, 2013
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The Fort Monroe Authority may not need to negotiate with the Army over the purchase price for a 70-acre parcel at the historic post not included in the acreage already reverting to the commonwealth of Virginia. A provision in the House version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill directs the Army to convey the tract as close in time as possible to the transfer of 372 acres of the post already slated to return to the commonwealth …

Hear Four Washington Insiders Explain How the Pentagon Can Survive the Budget Quagmire

  • June 6, 2013
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One question underlies much of what ADC members think about on a daily basis — how is DOD going to cope over the coming decade with spending cuts of at least $500 billion, with the potential to reach $1 trillion? The answer to that question will determine whether the military’s troop strength is sharply dialed back, how deeply the civilian workforce will be trimmed and whether there will be future rounds of base closure …

Budget Analysis to Identify How Sequester Cuts Will Be Applied

  • June 6, 2013
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The Pentagon will provide the Senate Armed Services Committee by July 1 its contingency plan for absorbing the fiscal 2014 sequester cuts, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday. “In the coming weeks we will be examining how we will manage through FY ’14 if we are limited to budget levels other than the president’s budget and taking into consideration the disruptions in fiscal year ’13 …

Armed Services Committee Requests Justification for Army Drawdown Decisions

  • June 6, 2013
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With the Army on the cusp of announcing the locations that would lose brigade combat teams and additional personnel as it trim its active-duty end strength by 72,000 soldiers by fiscal 2020, lawmakers would like the service to provide them with justifications for the specific basing decisions. “In making final stationing recommendations, the committee fully expects the Army to demonstrate a business case analysis in support of each recommendation …

Tsongas Takes on Mission of Strengthening Massachusetts’ Defense Communities

  • June 6, 2013
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Since entering Congress six years ago, Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.) has been a devoted advocate for defense communities in Massachusetts and across the country, along with the men and women who serve in the armed forces, and veterans. As the only member of the Massachusetts delegation serving on the House Armed Services Committee, Tsongas is personally engaged on issues affecting the defense sector throughout the commonwealth, including New England’s only active-duty Army and Air Force installations — the U.S. Army’s Soldier Systems Center in Natick and Hanscom Air Force Base …

Defense Spending Bill Would Restore Facility Sustainment Funds

  • June 5, 2013
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The fiscal 2014 defense spending bill approved Wednesday by the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee would restore $922 million “in unrealistic reductions” included in the Pentagon’s budget request for facilities sustainment and modernization, according to a summary of the bill released by the panel. The measure also includes full funding, $570 million, for the tuition assistance program, which allows military personnel to earn college degrees while still serving …

Compromise BRAC Language Voted Down in Committee

  • June 5, 2013
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In a vote that triggered an animated discussion, the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday rejected an amendment to the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill that would have allowed the Pentagon to begin planning for a new round of base closures without scheduling a new BRAC process, however. The provision would have reversed language in the annual policy bill barring the department from planning for an additional BRAC round, but at the same time, it would have prohibited DOD from launching a new round in 2014 or 2015 …

House Adds BRAC Prohibition to Milcon Spending Bill

  • June 4, 2013
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The House approved language barring the Pentagon from proposing, planning for or carrying out a new base closure round during its debate Tuesday over the fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. The amendment, introduced by Rep. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.), parallels language in the House version of the FY 2014 defense authorization bill. The ban is needed to ensure “the limited resources we have are used to address current mission and readiness needs …

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