• CR, or Worse, Remains Distinct Possibility for Pentagon

    CR, or Worse, Remains Distinct Possibility for Pentagon0

    A final defense spending bill for fiscal 2019 is tantalizingly close, with House and Senate lawmakers expected to go conference shortly on the two-bill package the Senate passed  last month, yet the probability that DOD avoids the need to operate under a continuing resolution (CR) after Oct. 1 is only 50-50, according to Washington insiders.

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  • Congressional Leaders Aim to Advance Spending Bills, Ignore President’s Shutdown Threats

    Congressional Leaders Aim to Advance Spending Bills, Ignore President’s Shutdown Threats0

    While President Trump threatens a government shutdown over funding for a border wall and other immigration priorities, Republican leaders are continuing to focus on their strategy of passing spending bills through “regular order.” The House had passed six individual spending bills when it began its August recess last week. By the end of this week,

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  • For Defense Hawks in House, Funding Deadline Looms Large

    For Defense Hawks in House, Funding Deadline Looms Large0

    Advancing appropriations bills was supposed to be easier this year, after lawmakers reached a two-year budget deal on topline spending levels covering fiscal 2018 and 2019 in February. But defense hawks understandably are anxious that the military once again will be forced to operate under a continuing resolution (CR) when FY 2019 begins. Both chambers

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