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Posts Tagged ‘deficit reduction’

Ayotte Warns Air Force against Making Preparations to Retire A-10s

  • January 27, 2014
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Efforts by the Air Force to prepare to retire its A-10 fleet would violate the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) wrote Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James last week. “It has come to my attention that the Air Force may be taking steps to prepare to retire the A-10 in violation of current law,” Ayotte wrote in a letter Friday, reported the Hill. The FY 2014 defense policy bill states that the service “may not retire, prepare to retire or place in storage” any additional A-10 Warthogs during the fiscal year …

Long-Term DOD Budget Would Ignore Sequester Spending Caps

  • January 26, 2014
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The White House draft of the Pentagon’s fiscal 2015 budget request allows defense spending to exceed the caps included in the 2011 Budget Control Act starting in FY 2016, reports Bloomberg. The topline spending level for the department in FY 2015 — not including war spending, military construction or Energy Department programs — is about $498 billion as called for under last month’s bipartisan budget deal. That deal reversed $9 billion in FY 2015 sequester cuts …

DOD Considers $1B Cut to Commissary Budget

  • January 22, 2014
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The Pentagon is considering recommending that funding for military grocery stores drop by $1 billion, or 71 percent, over three years as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request, reported Military.com. A cut of that magnitude likely would lead to the widespread closure of commissaries, with stateside stores bearing the brunt of the impact. The recommendation under discussion would reduce the Defense Commissary Agency’s current budget from $1.4 billion to $400 million by FY 2017 …

Reducing Army End Strength to 420,000 an Option, Senior Official Says

  • January 22, 2014
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The pressure of long-term budget constraints is forcing Army officials to consider difficult tradeoffs as they try to balance force structure, readiness and modernization, with a decision to shrink the service’s active-duty force to 420,000 one distinct possibility. “We’re on a glide path, and the monies are laid out to give us a 420,000 Army by 2019,” Lt. Gen. James Barclay III, the Army’s deputy chief of staff, G-8, told attendees at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Aviation Symposium & Exposition last week. “That doesn’t mean we’re set on going to 420, we’ve got some decision points built in, coming into the ’16, ’17 timeframe, so we’re taking a hard look at what is the right set …

Omnibus Still Leaves Deep Spending Cuts Looming, DOD Official Says

  • January 16, 2014
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The fiscal 2014 omnibus spending bill provides the military a measure of relief from deep sequester cuts but still leaves defense officials “to face some tough decisions about the future of our force,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters Thursday. “We are still absorbing nearly $30 billion over the next 10 years that were not accounted for in the presidential budget submission,” Kirby said in reference to the gap between the funding allocated for defense in the omnibus and the administration’s original budget request …

Omnibus Advances to Senate

  • January 15, 2014
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By a 359-67 margin, the House on Wednesday easily approved an omnibus spending measure needed to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year. The next stop for the $1.1 trillion measure, which includes all 12 of the annual appropriations bills, is the Senate, where it could be considered as soon as Friday. The omnibus is expected to pass that chamber without any difficulty as well …

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 …

Omnibus Funding for BRAC Cleanup Matches DOD’s Budget Request

  • January 15, 2014
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Cleanup at previously closed bases would receive $451.4 million under the omnibus spending package unveiled Monday, matching the Pentagon’s fiscal 2014 budget request. Both the House and Senate appropriations committees also recommended $451.4 million for BRAC cleanup in their earlier spending bills. This is the first year the two accounts funding cleanup at BRAC installations have been merged …

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 …

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