• NDAA May Move Fast After Deal on Space Force, Family Leave

    NDAA May Move Fast After Deal on Space Force, Family Leave0

    Democrats seem willing to create the Space Force as a sixth branch of the military in exchange for paid parental leave for all federal personnel, according to the Washington Post’s coverage of a National Defense Authorization Act deal that emerged over the weekend. Space Force was the White House’s top priority in the defense bill

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  • Appropriators Work Toward Deal Before Dec. 20 Shutdown

    Appropriators Work Toward Deal Before Dec. 20 Shutdown0

    The federal government is currently operating under a continuing resolution that expires at the end of next week. Members and staff of the House and Senate appropriations committees worked throughout the weekend in hopes of passing all 12 spending bills before the Dec. 20 deadline. House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said last week

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  • DOD to Review Base Security After Three Incidents

    DOD to Review Base Security After Three Incidents0

    The Navy will look for ways to upgrade security at installations following recent shootings at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and a fatal gate-running incident at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va., Military.com reported. “These acts are crimes against all of us,” Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said

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  • Special Committee Weighing a Return of Earmarks

    Special Committee Weighing a Return of Earmarks0

    A select committee formed to update House rules may consider re-instating earmarks. The practice was banned after a series of high-profile scandals. The bipartisan Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, led by Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) and Tom Graves (R-Ga.) is reviewing a wide range of ways to ease Capitol Hill gridlock, including whether

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  • Negotiators Hope for Spending Deal this Weekend

    Negotiators Hope for Spending Deal this Weekend0

    House and Senate appropriators are trying to settle differences over the next few days in an attempt to pass all 12 annual appropriations bills by Dec. 20, when current government spending runs out. “I’m more enthusiastic than I was a couple of days ago,” said the Senate Appropriations Committee’s top Democrat, Patrick Leahy (Vt.), according

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  • Smith: Administration Has More Border Money than It Can Spend

    Smith: Administration Has More Border Money than It Can Spend0

    House Armed Services Committee Chair Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said Senate Republicans should not hold up last-minute deals by insisting on additional border wall funding, because the administration can’t spend the border funds it currently has. The White House transferred money from military construction projects and other funds but doesn’t have enough time to spend the

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