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Appropriators Scramble to Meet Fast-Approaching Deadline for FY’14 Budget

  • January 6, 2014
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House and Senate appropriators are trying to hash out differences over many of the 12 spending bills intended to be included in a fiscal 2014 omnibus spending package, but discrepancies over policy or funding in eight of the measures could force lawmakers to consider a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to avoid a government shutdown after Jan. 15. Appropriators have agreed on spending amounts and language in four of the bills, including military construction-veterans affairs, Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Monday. Those four will definitely be included in the $1.012 trillion spending package …

Appropriators near Completion of FY’14 Spending Package

  • January 2, 2014
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Progress on crafting a $1.012 trillion omnibus to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2014 is on schedule for lawmakers to take it up by Jan. 15 when the current continuing resolution runs out. Some hurdles — such as funding levels for specific projects and policy riders from earlier versions of individual spending bills — still remain, and it is unclear how soon leaders of the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees will work those out, reported the Hill …

Budget Deal Will Help Restore Decline in Readiness, Top Officials Say

  • December 22, 2013
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both applauded on Thursday the bipartisan budget deal for allowing defense spending a reprieve from sequestration’s deepest cuts over the next two years, while warning that difficult budget decisions still remain. “It’s a step in the right direction,” Hagel said during a Pentagon news briefing of the deal which has passed both the House and Senate …

Talks Underway to Strike Compromise on Defense Spending Bill, Durbin Says

  • December 19, 2013
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When it comes to the fiscal 2014 defense spending bill, the assignment for House and Senate appropriators is to find more than $20 billion in savings from the original budget plans advanced in each chamber. “Negotiations are underway. We’ve got to cut $22 billion out of our mark in the Senate,” Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), chair of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, told the Hill. “We understand this won’t be easy …

Changing Fortunes at Ohio Guard Base Reflect Dispute among Air Force Components

  • December 18, 2013
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A story in Tuesday’s Washington Post chronicling the evolving mission of the 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard points to the larger question of how the Air Force will allocate looming force structure cuts among its active-duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve components. Of course, others will have a say as well, including the Pentagon and Congress. One key milestone is the February deadline for the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, mandated by Congress, to weigh in on the relative roles of the three components …

Senate Clears Budget Deal; Appropriators Off to the Races

  • December 18, 2013
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The Senate cleared the two-year bipartisan budget agreement on Wednesday, clearing the way for House and Senate appropriators to craft an omnibus spending package for the last eight-and-a-half months of fiscal 2014. The budget framework passed the Senate by a 64-36 vote and now goes to the desk of President Obama, who applauded the deal after it was passed. The next deadline for appropriators is Jan. 15, the date when the current continuing resolution runs out …

Budget Agreement Headed for Passage in Senate

  • December 17, 2013
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The Senate on Tuesday approved a procedural vote to end debate on the two-year budget agreement, paving the way for the chamber to approve the deal on Wednesday. Twelve Republicans joined all 55 Democrats and independents in supporting the cloture vote, reported the Hill. Final passage requires only a simple majority …

Defense Bill Calls for Study of Underutilized Facilities

  • December 17, 2013
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The Defense Department would be required to analyze its real estate inventory to determine how many facilities are underutilized, under a provision in the compromise version of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill scheduled to be taken up by the Senate this week. The language was added to the House version of the measure in June by Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) as part of his effort to cut wasteful spending by the government on unused buildings …

Senate to Take up Budget Agreement, Defense Bill This Week

  • December 16, 2013
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Despite public opposition from Republican lawmakers, the Senate this week is expected to approve key agreements unveiled over the past seven days — a budget agreement setting topline spending for fiscal 2014 and 2015, and a compromise version of this year’s defense authorization bill. The chamber likely would hold a vote to limit debate on the budget deal Tuesday, with final action expected by Wednesday. Many GOP senators oppose the deal for suspending a portion of the spending caps imposed under sequestration, but the overwhelming 332-94 vote last week in the Republican-controlled House to pass the budget framework will make it difficult for Senate Republicans to block the legislation …

Long-Term Need to Trim Force Structure Remains despite Sequester Relief, Air Force Says

  • December 15, 2013
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The bipartisan budget deal reached last week will help the Air Force mitigate urgent readiness problems, but long-term budget constraints still will force officials to reduce the size of the service’s forces, the Air Force’s top two officials said Friday. “Even with this relief, we will need to re-size the Air Force to one that is smaller than it is today in order to protect investments we need for the future, and to shape an Air Force that we can keep ready,” acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning told reporters at a Pentagon news briefing …

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