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Posts Tagged ‘continuing resolution’

Hagel Orders Back Most Furloughed Civilians

  • October 6, 2013
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Most of the Defense Department’s civilian workforce that had been placed on emergency furlough last week due to the government shutdown will return to work this week, following an announcement Saturday by Secretary Chuck Hagel. The decision follows a weeklong review of legislation enacted last week to ensure members of the armed services on active duty, including Coast Guard personnel and reserve components, were paid during the shutdown …

Businesses Bordering New Jersey Base Urge End to Government Shutdown

  • October 3, 2013
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The impact of this week’s government shutdown is all too clear to the mayor of Wrightstown, the central New Jersey town outside the front gate of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Traffic on the way to the installation in the morning is down by 60 to 70 percent, said Tom Harper from the vantage point of his Liberty gas station. And a drop in the number of cars is bad for Harper’s business and dozens of others in Wrightstown …

No End in Sight over Budget Impasse

  • October 3, 2013
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The government shutdown extended into its third day with no indication as to how the stalemate between House Republicans and Senate Democrats over funding the federal government for the initial weeks of the new fiscal year can be resolved. Some House Republicans have said they are willing to set aside conservatives’ demands to unravel Obamacare and vote with Democrats to pass a fiscal 2014 continuing resolution (CR) that doesn’t undermine the president’s health care law, but Republican leaders so far have refused to bring a clean CR to the House floor …

Shutdown Expected to Exacerbate Impact of Retrenchment in Defense Communities

  • October 2, 2013
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Coming on the heels of sequestration and planned reductions in troop strength, the government shutdown is the latest piece of bad news for businesses that support the nation’s military installations. Communities which depend on the military for a significant portion of their economic output are particularly vulnerable, especially following the boom in military contracting since 9/11. The Fayetteville, N.C., region, which is home to Fort Bragg, relies on the military for 37 percent of its business …

As Stalemate Lingers, Budget Dispute Could Encompass Debt-Ceiling Extension

  • October 2, 2013
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Hopes that a White House meeting on Wednesday between President Obama and congressional leaders could break the impasse over a fiscal 2014 continuing resolution were dashed after a one-and-a-half-hour discussion ended with no visible progress on the second day of the government shutdown. After the meeting, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters that the president reiterated that he would not negotiate over demands to dismantle his signature health care law, and House and Senate leaders were no closer to finding a solution to reopen the government …

Military Pay Legislation Could Help DOD Limit Furloughs, McKeon Says

  • October 1, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel should take advantage of the military pay law President Obama signed Monday to reduce the number of civilian workers placed on furlough during the government shutdown, House Armed Services Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said Tuesday. In addition to requiring the government to pay members of the armed services on active duty, including Coast Guard personnel and reserve components, during a shutdown, the law requires civilian employees and contractors whose work supports active-duty troops to be paid …

Schools Remain Open for Military Children, but Commissaries to Close

  • October 1, 2013
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The government shutdown will have a varying impacts on services provided to military personnel, with schools run by the DOD Education Activity for military children remaining open while military commissaries will be forced to shut their doors. School personnel are exempt from the emergency furloughs imposed on about half of the Pentagon’s civilian workers as a result of the shutdown that began Tuesday. Schools will operate on a normal schedule and scheduled student activities will continue …

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 …

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