• Capitol Hill Negotiators Near Deal on Disaster Relief Package

    Capitol Hill Negotiators Near Deal on Disaster Relief Package0

    Senate and House negotiators are nearing agreement on a long-delayed disaster relief package, CQ reported Monday. Several last-minute snags, including how to extend legal authority for the lapsed Violence Against Women Act were holding up the disaster and humanitarian aid before lawmakers leave town for the Memorial Day recess. Senate Republicans seek temporary renewal of VAWA programs through

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  • House Subcommittee Pegs $15 Million for Space Force, Far Below White House Request

    House Subcommittee Pegs $15 Million for Space Force, Far Below White House Request0

    The House Defense Appropriations subcommittee has allocated $15 million for the creation of a new military space force in its fiscal 2020 appropriations bill, Roll Call reported Monday. If the House Appropriations Committee’s full $690.2 defense spending bill is approved this week, the proposed space force funding would be almost $57.5 million lower than the

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  • Senior Lawmakers, White House to Discuss 2020 Spending Levels This Week

    Senior Lawmakers, White House to Discuss 2020 Spending Levels This Week0

    Top lawmakers expect to meet with the White House this week to start talks on setting fiscal 2020 spending levels and how to resolve the recent expiration of the debt limit suspension, CQ reported Friday. The talks will include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

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  • Wilson Again Calls for Immediate Disaster Repair Funding

    Wilson Again Calls for Immediate Disaster Repair Funding0

    Outgoing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Thursday that DOD needs Congress to move quickly to approve funding for ongoing disaster repairs from recent storm damage at military bases, Roll Call reported. A Senate disaster relief package, which includes a portion of needed repair funding for Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Camp Lejeune, N.C., and

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  • Shanahan To Retain Top Pentagon Civilians If Confirmed as SecDef

    Shanahan To Retain Top Pentagon Civilians If Confirmed as SecDef0

    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will retain his top two Pentagon civilian staff if he gains Senate confirmation as the next permanent DOD chief, Breaking Defense reported. Acting Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist, who also serves as DOD’s comptroller, would remain in his official capacity as the agency’s second-in-charge, and acting Chief of Staff Eric

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  • Thornberry Introduces Bills on DOD Reforms, Small Business Innovation

    Thornberry Introduces Bills on DOD Reforms, Small Business Innovation0

    House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) unveiled two bills Thursday that would require DOD to execute congressionally mandated acquisition reforms and create a new program to help small firms bring innovation to the Pentagon, Defense News reported. Thornberry, who the last few years has steered more than 60 DOD reforms into law,

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