• Appropriators Meeting for Bipartisan Spending Talks Next Week

    Appropriators Meeting for Bipartisan Spending Talks Next Week0

    House and Senate appropriators will sit down next week when House lawmakers return from their Veterans Day break. “We’re going to talk about everything — any way to move the process,” Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said, according to Politico. “We have to do the best we can as soon as we can.”

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  • Eaglen: SECDEF Worried About Long-Term CR

    Eaglen: SECDEF Worried About Long-Term CR0

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper is so worried about the consequences of a long-term continuing resolution that when he went to Capitol Hill recently to brief lawmakers on the Abu Bakr al–Baghdadi raid, “he spent much of his time pleading for a 2020 appropriations bill,” defense policy analyst Mackenzie Eaglen wrote in a Defense One column. Eaglen,

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  • Border Wall Still Looms as Hill Leaders Try to Focus on Spending

    Border Wall Still Looms as Hill Leaders Try to Focus on Spending0

    House and Senate leaders have shown some signs of consensus this week on a plan for completing the 12 annual appropriations bills, with a tentative completion goal of Dec. 31. The House has passed 10 of the bills. The Senate has not yet passed any. The biggest holdup in the bill that funds the Department

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  • Another Stopgap Could Hurt This Time, Secretary Says

    Another Stopgap Could Hurt This Time, Secretary Says0

    Relying on another continuing resolution instead of formal appropriations bills poses real risks to the Army’s readiness, Army Sec. Ryan McCarthy has told reporters. Continuing resolutions have become more common in D.C. in recent years, but McCarthy says it’s different this time because more than half of the Army’s brigades are in the highest stage

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  • Shutdown Date Sneaking Up on Washington

    Shutdown Date Sneaking Up on Washington0

    The current continuing resolution under which the federal government is operating expires Nov. 22, and concern is growing that lawmakers and the White House will be unable to act to keep the government open. “I’m increasingly worried that President Trump will want to shut down the government again because of impeachment,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck

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  • Next Stopgap Spending Bill May Stretch into Spring

    Next Stopgap Spending Bill May Stretch into Spring0

    Lawmakers are discussing whether another short-term spending bill is necessary to avoid a government shutdown around Thanksgiving. While there is some movement on outstanding spending bills, House and Senate appropriations are still working off different top-level budget numbers for defense and nondefense spending. Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said Wednesday that “unless a miracle

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