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House on Path to Advance Spending Bills Next Month

  • May 6, 2013
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The House plans to start taking up fiscal 2014 appropriations bills in June, with the defense spending measure possibly reaching the floor by the middle of the month. House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) is expected to get the process started shortly by allocating the $967 billion available for discretionary spending next year among the 12 spending bills, reported CQ. As long as the House and Senate fail to come to agreement over a FY 2014 budget resolution, though, the Democrat-controlled Senate will be crafting spending bills based on a pre-sequester figure of $1.058 trillion …

Lawmakers Want Pentagon Plan for Dealing with Spending Cuts

  • May 5, 2013
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The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee have asked the Pentagon to detail how it would carry out the $52 billion in sequester cuts slated to be imposed next year. The fiscal 2014 budget delivered last month by DOD assumes that the automatic spending cuts will not go into effect. To date, however, there has been no progress on a bipartisan deficit reduction agreement required to avert sequestration …

Pentagon Decision on Civilian Furloughs Coming Soon

  • May 1, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will make a decision shortly on the extent to which civilian workers will be forced to take unpaid days off, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters Wednesday. “We’re in the middle of a $37 billion to $40 billion cut over a six-month period, and we need to look closely at that, but I expect him to make a decision soon …

Submitting Alternative Budget Is One Option for Addressing FY’14 Cuts, Dempsey Says

  • April 30, 2013
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If Congress and the White House fail to reach a deficit reduction deal that replaces automatic spending cuts starting in fiscal 2014, the Pentagon would consider crafting an alternate budget, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday. Last month, the Obama administration sent Congress a $526.6 billion base budget for next year that does not reflect the $52 billion reduction in defense spending triggered under sequestration in FY 2014 …

Despite DOD’s Preference, Not All Services Need Furloughs

  • April 29, 2013
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To date, the Pentagon has said all of its civilian employees will share the burden of taking unpaid days off on an equal basis, but at least one of the services has identified alternate budget cuts it could carry out that would obviate the need for civilian furloughs. As a result, defense officials face pressure to reconsider their plans, reports the Washington Post. DOD’s latest plan calls for up to 800,000 civilians to take 14 furlough days, although the department is figuring out if could reduce that number and still absorb the $41 billion sequester cut imposed this year …

House Panel Presses Administration to Accelerate Disposal of Vacant Properties

  • April 28, 2013
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A House Oversight subcommittee used the setting of a vacant warehouse in Southeast Washington less than a mile away from Capitol Hill on Thursday to hold the latest in a series of hearings highlighting the federal government’s slow pace in disposing of unneeded properties. The General Services Administration-owned warehouse has been empty since September 2009 and costs the government $70,000 a year to maintain. “It’s just a pattern of not being able to make decisions, and it’s remarkable given that we’re in the nation’s capital …

Prospects for Across-the-Board Reversal of Sequester Dim following Quick Fix for FAA

  • April 28, 2013
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The failure of the White House and congressional Democrats to leverage the anger over flight delays caused by the furlough of air traffic controllers into a government-wide annulment of this year’s sequester cuts provides strong proof that the automatic spending cuts will not be cancelled before the fiscal year is completed. For Republicans, the legislation quickly passed last week to end the furlough of controllers for the rest of fiscal 2013 represented a victory in the battle over sequestration, one reinforcing their stance that the $85 billion in cuts should remain in place for the year …

Veterans Would Pay In-State Tuition at All Public Universities, under House Bill

  • April 25, 2013
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Public universities would be required to charge, at most, in-state tuition to all veterans regardless of whether they are residents, under legislation approved Thursday by the House Veterans’ Affairs Economic Opportunity Subcommittee. H.R. 357 — introduced by the Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and ranking member Mike Michaud (D-Maine) — is intended to expand the educational choices available to veterans taking advantage of their benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill …

House Armed Services Panels to Mark up Authorization Bill next Month

  • April 25, 2013
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The House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, which is responsible for BRAC policy and other installation-related matters, will mark up its portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill on May 23, the full committee announced Thursday. The committee’s other five subcommittees will mark up their sections of the annual policy bill from May 22-23. The full committee will mark up the legislation on June 5. All of the House markups will be open and streamed live on the web …

FY’14 Spending Bills Will Require Difficult Choices, House Spending Chief Says

  • April 25, 2013
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House Appropriations Chair Harold Rogers [...]

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