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DOD, Milcon Spending Bills to Take Backseat in Senate

  • July 21, 2013
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In a shift from the traditional approach of first taking up appropriations bills covering defense and veterans affairs that most easily attract bipartisan support, the Senate will consider a domestic spending bill next week when the chamber calls up its first spending measure for fiscal 2014. The move is part of a strategy by Senate Democrats to highlight the dramatic cuts domestic spending bills would suffer under the House’s budget, reports CQ. Total spending for the transportation-housing and urban development measure the Senate plans to bring to the floor next week, for example, is $10 billion higher than the House version …

Spending to Clean Up Legacy BRAC Sites Reaches $26B

  • July 4, 2013
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Total spending on environmental remediation and ongoing operations at installations closed in the first four BRAC rounds will surpass $26 billion by the end of September, according to the report from the Senate Appropriations Committee accompanying the fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. Appropriations for cleanup at legacy bases through FY 2013 total to $26.1 billion, although sequestration reduced this year’s $408.9 million allocation by an estimated $33 million …

Road Upgrades Still a Critical Need for Growth Communities, Committee Says

  • July 2, 2013
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The Defense Department needs to address “critical transportation infrastructure shortfalls” outside military installations, either through expanding the eligibility criteria for the Defense Access Roads (DAR) program or identifying other sources of funding, the Senate Appropriations Committee said in its report accompanying the fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. The committee’s request for the department to loosen the eligibility criteria for the DAR program — which is the only federal mechanism for the military to fund improvements to roads outside of an installation — echoes language in committee reports from previous years …

Senate Panel Supports DOD Initiatives to Conserve Energy, Test Microgrids

  • July 2, 2013
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The Senate Appropriations Committee said it “commends the [Defense] Department for its aggressive efforts to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings and installations, reduce consumption, mitigate its carbon footprint, invest in renewable energy projects and enhance energy security on its installations,” according to the committee report accompanying its fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. The panel said it was impressed with DOD’s investments in microgrid energy security and encourages the department to continue to look for ways to promote energy independence at installations through the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) program …

Air Force Should Consolidate Infrastructure, Senate Appropriators Say

  • July 1, 2013
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The Air Force should continue its effort to consolidate its infrastructure, according to language in the report from the Senate Appropriations Committee accompanying its fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. “As the Air Force continues to scrutinize its infrastructure for savings, the committee recommends that the Air Force pay special attention to consolidating infrastructure and commands on its installations, including, but not limited to, communications, civil engineering and administrative facilities …

Army’s Cramer Named Permanent Installations Deputy

  • June 30, 2013
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After serving in an acting capacity as the Army’s deputy assistant secretary for installations, housing and partnerships for the past one-and-a-half years, Paul Cramer has been appointed to the position on a permanent basis. Cramer, whose appointment is effective today, was named the acting deputy in December 2011 after his predecessor Joe Calcara left the post. Cramer, however, continued to perform the duties of the assistant for construction, housing and base operations support, the position he assumed in September 2010 …

Bill Would Establish $177M Fund for Capital Projects at Massachusetts Military Bases

  • June 27, 2013
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A $177 million bond bill backed by Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to fund capital projects at six military installations in Massachusetts is advancing in the state legislature. The measure was approved by the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on Thursday and next will go to the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets or Ways and Means …

Mikulski Shuffles Appropriations Committee Assignments

  • June 25, 2013
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Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) will join the Senate Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, following a number of changes on the committee stemming from the recent death of veteran appropriator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). Merkley will replace Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) on the milcon subcommittee; she will move to the Energy-Water panel, reported CQ. Lautenberg’s vacancy on the committee will be filled by freshman Chris Coons (D-Del.). Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) announced the new assignments Monday.

Reid to Bring FY’14 Spending Bills to Senate Floor

  • June 23, 2013
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The fiscal 2014 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill could be debated on the Senate floor next month, after Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Friday that moving appropriations bills would be a primary focus of the chamber in the coming months. Reid indicated the narrow agenda is a response to the failure of House leadership Thursday to pass the farm bill. His larger concern was the difficulty he may face reaching a deal with House Republicans over other major issues, including agreements over FY 2014 topline spending and the need to raise the nation’s debt ceiling …

Partisan Vote on Spending Allocations Increases Prospects for Automatic Cuts in FY’14

  • June 20, 2013
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The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday adopted fiscal 2014 spending allocations that ignore sequestration and raise the likelihood that automatic sequester cuts will be applied to next year’s budget. The 15-14, party-line vote to approve the allocations for each of the 12 spending measures establishes a $1.058 trillion topline for federal spending, as compared to the $967 billion topline the House is using as the basis for divvying up funds among appropriations bills …

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