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House Likely to Approve Omnibus Spending Bill

  • January 15, 2014
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The House today most likely will approve the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund the government until Oct. 1, despite deep-seated opposition from conservatives. Republican lawmakers say they do not expect a large fight ahead of Wednesday’s vote, since the House already signed off on last month’s budget deal, and the omnibus merely fleshes out the details as to how federal agencies will meet the new fiscal 2014 discretionary spending caps included in the budget agreement …

Congress to Take up Short-Term CR, Omnibus Package this Week

  • January 14, 2014
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Congressional appropriators on Monday unveiled a $1.012 trillion omnibus measure complete with all 12 spending bills needed to keep the federal government operating until Oct. 1. The House is expected to consider the massive piece of legislation on Wednesday, with the Senate likely taking it up by the weekend. If the omnibus passes the House, the Senate would need to schedule at least two procedural votes and 30 hours of debate, leading to a final vote in the chamber as late as Saturday …

DOD Spending Remains Flat under FY’14 Spending Bill

  • January 14, 2014
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Topline DOD spending would be $486.9 billion in fiscal 2014 under the $1.012 trillion omnibus spending bill unveiled Monday, providing almost the same amount of funding the department was allocated last year after sequestration. The base budget recommended for the Pentagon in the omnibus, however, is $29 billion below the administration’s FY 2014 request. Still, the department is much better off than if sequestration had been imposed in the absence of the recent budget deal that eliminated $22 billion in automatic defense cuts for FY 2014 …

Milcon Spending to Rise Compared to FY’13 Post-Sequestration Level

  • January 13, 2014
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Spending for military construction and family housing programs in fiscal 2014 would rise about $1 billion from last year’s available spending level under the massive omnibus spending package unveiled Monday, solely due to the sequester cuts imposed on fiscal 2013 spending. The Defense Department only had an estimated $8.8 billion available for military construction activities in FY 2013 due to sequestration. Compared to the FY 2013 enacted level, however, spending on military construction activities in the current year would drop $817 million to $9.8 billion …

Lawmakers to Take up Short-Term Spending Extension

  • January 12, 2014
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Congress will consider a three-day continuing resolution (CR) early next week to keep the government open after Jan. 15, even while negotiators continue to make steady progress on a 12-bill, $1.012 trillion omnibus to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2014. “This very short extension is needed to prevent any funding gaps as the agreement moves through the House and Senate next week,” Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said Friday in a statement …

Appropriators Indicate Need for Stopgap Funding Bill to Buy Extra Days’ Time

  • January 9, 2014
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Congress likely will need to consider a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open past Jan. 15 as appropriators believe they will need several extra days to complete a 12-bill, $1.012 trillion omnibus to fund the government through the end of fiscal 2014. Negotiators are expected to reach an agreement on the massive spending bill prior to the Jan. 15 expiration of the current CR, but the House and Senate will need several days to clear the legislation …

Army Looking at Options for Speeding Drawdown, Odierno Says

  • January 8, 2014
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After previously accelerating its plan to cut 80,000 soldiers and eliminate brigade combat teams (BCTs) at 10 U.S. posts to meet budget constraints, Army officials now are studying if the service’s forces can be cut further in a short timeframe. “We’re taking out about 20,000 a year. If I go higher than that, it costs me more to take them out, and so we start reducing the savings that we’re gaining from the people,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said during a speech at the National Press Club Tuesday. “So that’s the dilemma that we have …

Prospect for Stopgap Spending Bill Rises despite Progress on Crafting Omnibus

  • January 8, 2014
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Congressional appropriators continued to make progress Wednesday on resolving differences over funding and policy in the 12 bills needed to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2014. But with the Jan. 15 deadline for both chambers to clear a massive, $1.012 trillion spending package fast approaching, the likelihood is growing stronger that lawmakers will need to take up a short-term continuing resolution …

Northwest Washington Installations Stand to Gain from Funding in Defense Bill

  • January 8, 2014
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The 2014 defense authorization bill, signed into law by President Obama late last month, is a boon for installations in northwest Washington, authorizing tens of millions of dollars in funding for projects at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and Naval Base Kitsap. Four construction projects were authorized at Lewis-McChord totaling $153 million, including $79 million for an aircraft maintenance hangar and $37 million for airfield improvements. Three projects were authorized at Whidbey Island, including $85 million for P-8A Poseidon hanger and training facilities …

White House’s FY’15 Budget Request behind Schedule

  • January 7, 2014
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President Obama likely will not deliver his fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress until late February at the earliest, according to budget experts. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will send its “passback guidance” — the White House’s response to an agency’s draft budget — to the Pentagon shortly, reported Defense News. Passbacks, which are followed by one or more rounds of negotiations, usually occur in late November …

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