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House Leaders Forced to Postpone CR Vote

  • September 11, 2013
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House Republican leaders on Wednesday delayed a vote on a fiscal 2014 continuing resolution (CR) amid an intraparty rift over how hard to fight to withhold funding from the president’s signature health care law. The party leadership had scheduled a Thursday vote on a stopgap spending proposal to keep the government open through Dec. 15, but later decided it needed more time following an outcry from conservatives over a legislative maneuver to force a Senate vote on the Affordable Care Act …

Defense Policy Bill Debate Pushed Back Further in Senate

  • September 10, 2013
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The Senate is not expected to take up the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill until late October at the earliest, according to congressional staff. The need to pass a short-term continuing resolution and extend the nation’s debt limit — and debate a resolution authorizing military action in Syria — is forcing Senate debate over the annual defense policy bill to wait until after the Columbus Day recess, which ends Oct. 18, reported CQ. House and Senate staff have not yet begun to hash out compromise language for non-controversial parts of the authorization bill since the debate is expected to have a significant impact on the final version of the measure.

Spending Cuts Will Require Trimming Troop Levels Next Year, Hale Says

  • September 10, 2013
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To accommodate the deep spending cuts triggered by sequestration, the Pentagon likely will begin reducing military end strength next year and continue for the next several years. “That strategy will tend to lead to disproportionate cuts to the ground forces, but the Navy and the Air Force are going to have to get smaller too,” Comptroller Robert Hale said last week …

House CR Would Extend Funding into December

  • September 10, 2013
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Funding would be extended through Dec. 15 at a level roughly equivalent to current year spending, under the fiscal 2014 continuing resolution (CR) released Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee. The stopgap measure would keep the government running for the first 11 weeks of the new fiscal year at an annual spending level of $986.3 billion, slightly below the $988 billion discretionary topline available in FY 2013 …

House Leaders Struggle to Craft CR that Will Attract Republican Support

  • September 9, 2013
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The House plans to tackle a fiscal 2014 continuing resolution (CR) this week, with Republican leaders expected to unveil a spending measure on Tuesday that would keep the federal government running through mid-December. The plan Republican leaders broached on Monday to placate conservatives seeking to defund the Affordable Care Act, however, was roundly criticized by those very same lawmakers and may not be approved by the chamber’s Republican conference …

Ryan, Cooper Propose Flexibility for DoD Budget Cuts

  • September 8, 2013
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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) are again pushing a proposal to allow DoD to move funding between budget accounts to help offset the automatic spending cuts triggered under the 2011 debt deal. Their proposal has received lukewarm support in the past, but the lawmakers hope the costs of a potential strike in Syria will build momentum behind the plan….

ADC Announces Exclusive Defense Budget Briefing

  • September 5, 2013
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ADC is bringing together top insiders and budget analysts to discuss the long-term budget landscape and how it impacts communities now. The special Defense Communities 360 Webcast will take place at 3:00 P.M. EST on Sept.17…

Syria Debate Likely to Delay Defense Authorization, Long-Term Spending Bill

  • September 5, 2013
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Senate debate on the FY 2014 defense authorization bill will occur “later rather than sooner,” a Senate Democratic leadership aide predicted this week, according to Politico. Leaders had planned to consider the bill in the middle of this month, but it will likely be delayed given next week’s planned debate on the authorization to use military force in Syria…

DOD to Consider Program Cancellations under Sequester, Kendall Says

  • September 4, 2013
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Sequestration should have a more significant impact on defense contractors next year as many of the short-term accommodations taken by officials won’t be available in fiscal 2014, according to the Pentagon’s top acquisition official. “We’re not going to be able to do what we did this year,” Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the Washington Post last week. “We’re going to have to make the assumption that sequestration’s here to stay, at least through ’14, and act accordingly …

Defense Hawks’ Attempt to Tie Syria Vote to Sequester Unlikely to Succeed

  • September 4, 2013
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An attempt by some Republican lawmakers, particularly members of the House Armed Services Committee, to link approval of a resolution authorizing military action in Syria to an exemption for the Pentagon from sequestration is not expected to gain significant traction, due to opposition from Democrats as well as the relatively small magnitude of a planned strike. Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) on Wednesday said he believed he had sufficient leverage to obtain relief from defense cuts in exchange for a vote authorizing the use of force in Syria …

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