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Posts Tagged ‘military construction’

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 …

White House Threatens to Veto Milcon Spending Bill

  • June 3, 2013
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The White House Monday threatened to veto the fiscal 2014 spending bill for military construction and veteran affairs in a statement indicating President Obama wouldn’t sign any appropriations bills until the two parties first reach an agreement over the topline spending level for next year. The Office of Management and Budget issued a statement saying the president would veto all spending bills unless they pass Congress “in the context of an overall budget framework that supports our recovery and enables sufficient investments in education, infrastructure, innovation and national security for our economy to compete in the future …

House to Debate Milcon Spending Bill Next Week

  • May 29, 2013
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The House is expected to take up the fiscal 2014 appropriations bill for military construction and veterans affairs next week, one of the few spending measures expected to make it to the floor this year. The House Appropriations Committee approved the bill, H.R. 2216, on May 21. The committee recommended $10.0 billion for military construction and family housing programs in FY 2014, a figure which falls $1.1 billion short of the Pentagon’s request …

Gap between House, Senate over Allocations Leaves FY’14 Spending Uncertain

  • May 22, 2013
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Many federal agencies are likely to be funded through a continuing resolution in fiscal 2014 because of the sharp differences between spending levels the two chambers are using to draft individual appropriations measures. On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committees approved topline figures for each of the 12 spending bills totaling $967 billion. At the same time, Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has said her committee would be moving bills based on a $1.058 billion topline, a figure which ignores the spending caps triggered under sequestration …

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