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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 …

Republicans to Resist Higher Senate Top Line in Committee

  • June 20, 2013
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Senate Republicans will not go along with the Appropriations Committee’s plan to ignore spending caps under sequestration and allocate $1.058 trillion among 12 spending bills. While GOP opposition cannot stop Democrats from approving spending allocations and moving individual appropriations bills in committee, it can stop spending measures from being passed on the chamber floor, reported CQ …

Milcon Funding Approved by Senate Panel Exceeds House Recommendation

  • June 18, 2013
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The Senate Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee approved a fiscal 2014 spending measure on Tuesday that would provide $10.7 billion for military construction programs, a figure that falls between the Pentagon’s budget request and the recommendation passed by the House earlier this month. The panel approved the bill following a nine-minute markup that was notable primarily for protests from Republican members over the topline spending level Senate Democrats are planning to use as the basis for the 12 annual spending bills …

Senate Action on Policy Bill Likely Closes Window on BRAC this Year

  • June 16, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services Committee’s vote Thursday to approve a defense authorization bill that rejected the Obama administration’s request for a BRAC round in 2015 likely spells the end of the debate this year on Capitol Hill over the possibility of scheduling additional base closures. While the measure still needs to be debated on the Senate floor, even in the unlikely event an amendment authorizing a new round were to pass at that stage, without support from the Senate Armed Services Committee leadership, such a provision would have virtually no chance of surviving a House-Senate conference …

Senate Panel Rejects Request for BRAC Round in 2015

  • June 11, 2013
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The Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee failed to endorse the Pentagon’s request for a BRAC round in 2015 in the portion of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill it marked up Tuesday. Chairwoman Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said DOD cannot afford the upfront investment to carry out a new round and pointed to the dramatic rise in implementation costs for the last round over the department’s initial estimate in explaining the panel’s decision …

House, Senate Budgets to Flout Defense Spending Caps

  • June 10, 2013
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House Republicans and Senate Democrats are expected to keep defense spending plans on a course that calls for automatic spending cuts once again as appropriators in both chambers move fiscal 2014 appropriations bills that breach the $498 billion cap on security spending. On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee marks up a defense spending measure that will provide $512.5 billion for DOD. Even without the $10.0 billion the House allocated for military construction in a measure passed last week, the figure breaches the spending limit. The $498 billion cap also needs room for about $18 billion for the Energy Department’s atomic weapons program and $2 billion for Homeland Security …

Latest Squabble over Spending Bills Unlikely to Help Dissolve Sequester

  • June 9, 2013
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Last week’s threat by the White House to veto fiscal 2014 spending bills unless House Republicans and Senate Democrats come to a compromise over a broad budget plan is unlikely to accomplish its aim — reaching an agreement that reverses next year’s sequester cuts, according to budget experts. Following President Obama’s veto threat — prompted by the week’s House votes over the military construction-veterans affairs and homeland security spending measures — House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) accused the president of threatening a government shutdown, arguing that negotiations over a grand bargain to reduce the deficit should continue on a separate track from discussions over next year’s spending …

House Adds BRAC Prohibition to Milcon Spending Bill

  • June 4, 2013
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The House approved language barring the Pentagon from proposing, planning for or carrying out a new base closure round during its debate Tuesday over the fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veterans affairs. The amendment, introduced by Rep. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.), parallels language in the House version of the FY 2014 defense authorization bill. The ban is needed to ensure “the limited resources we have are used to address current mission and readiness needs …

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