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Senate Likely to Turn to Authorization Bill Next Week

  • November 14, 2013
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday filed a motion to end debate on proceeding to the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill, setting up a vote that likely would allow the chamber to begin debating the annual policy bill next week. It’s still not clear when the floor debate could begin, so prospects for the Senate to finish work on the legislation before lawmakers take off at the end of next week for Thanksgiving recess is uncertain, reported CQ. Reid has said he would like to finish action on the measure before the holiday …

Senate to Take up Defense Policy Bill in November, Inhofe Says

  • November 6, 2013
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The Senate will debate the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill the week of Nov. 18, according to the ranking member of the Armed Services Committee. “We’ve been talking about it. There’s been some talk about the 18th is when it would start,” James Inhofe (R-Okla.) told Defense News this week on his first full day back on Capitol Hill after undergoing a heart procedure in Oklahoma last month. Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), however, said he couldn’t confirm when the annual policy bill will go to the chamber floor …

Senate Plans NDAA Action Before Thanksgiving

  • October 29, 2013
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Senate leaders plan to take up the annual National Defense Authorization Act by the end of November. “We’re going to take up the defense authorization bill, which supports our troops and ensures this nation does everything in our power to keep America safe from those who would do us harm,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on the Senate floor…

95 Percent of Furloughed Civilians Back at Work, Hale Says

  • October 10, 2013
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More than 95 percent of DOD civilians placed on emergency furlough last week when the government shut down are back to work as a result of the Pay Our Military Act, which allows the department to pay civilian employees who support the armed forces, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale told the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee Thursday. About 40,000 workers remain on furlough, with 35,000 of those employees of the Army Corps of Engineers. About 7,000 furloughed employees work on public affairs or legislative affairs …

Armed Services Panels Begin Informal Discussions over Authorization Bill

  • October 8, 2013
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The House and Senate Armed Services Committees have begun preliminary discussions to hash out a compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill. With the Senate in recent years not debating its version of the annual policy bill until late in the year — as is the case this session — pre-conference talks between the staffs of the two panels have become routine, reported CQ. The purpose of the discussions is to address non-controversial issues so that the formal conference committee can focus on the most contentious matters …

DOD Names Five Candidates to Host Eastern Missile Defense Site

  • September 12, 2013
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The Pentagon said it would study five candidate missile defense sites in the continental United States that potentially could host ground-based interceptors to protect the East Coast. Thursday’s announcement comes in response to language in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill requiring DOD to study at least three potential missile defense sites, including at least two on the East Coast …

Senate Action on Authorization Bill May Wait until December, Levin Says

  • September 11, 2013
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Expect a repeat of recent years when it comes to Senate consideration of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill, with debate likely being pushed back until the end of the year, according to Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee. “It will probably end up being a lot closer to the end of the session than I’d like,” Levin told reporters Wednesday …

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.

Lawmakers Reject Attempt to Tack on BRAC Ban to Spending Bill

  • July 23, 2013
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House lawmakers Tuesday night rejected an amendment prohibiting the Pentagon from spending funds from the fiscal 2014 defense appropriations bill to propose, plan for or carry out a new base closure round. The vote comes as a surprise as similar language previously was added on the House floor to the military construction-veterans affairs spending measure last month. The same ban also is included in the House version of the FY 2014 defense authorization bill …

Senate Consideration of Policy Bill Likely Postponed until September

  • July 18, 2013
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The Senate likely won’t begin consideration of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill until after lawmakers return from their August recess, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee indicated Thursday. “The drift I get is it’s as soon as possible,” Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said in reference to conversations he had with aides to the Senate leadership. “My own between-the-lines assessment is it’s … unlikely that it’s going to happen with all the other things going on,” he said …

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