• Ryan’s Successor Likely to Support a Robust Military

    Ryan’s Successor Likely to Support a Robust Military0

    While House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has been a champion for military spending, and frequently cited the benefits the recent two-year budget agreement would provide the Pentagon in garnering support for the deal from skeptical Republicans in February, it’s not clear that his retirement at the end of the current session will significantly affect congressional

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  • HASC Aims for Thinner FY‘19 Policy Bill

    HASC Aims for Thinner FY‘19 Policy Bill0

    In an attempt to shorten the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill, leadership of the House Armed Services Committee plans to focus on only the top 15 legislative proposals submitted by committee members when putting together the legislation, according to an internal memo. Some lawmakers have submitted as many as 60 provisions to the annual policy

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  • Bipartisan House Bill Would Permanently Ban Earmarks

    Bipartisan House Bill Would Permanently Ban Earmarks0

    Reps. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.) and Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) introduced a bill Wednesday to permanently ban earmarks from the legislative process. “This bill is about sending a clear message: that the days of pork-barrel spending ended in 2011,” Budd said in a joint press release. “It represents a permanent solution to

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  • Defense Bill Offers Flexibility for Readiness, Facilities Funding

    Defense Bill Offers Flexibility for Readiness, Facilities Funding0

    The defense portion of the fiscal 2018 omnibus spending bill released Wednesday provides $230 billion for operations and maintenance (O&M), a 6 percent increase over last year’s allocation. The account includes a $580 million boost for facility sustainment, restoration and modernization programs above the administration’s budget request, according to a bill summary from the Senate

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  • Pentagon Spending to Reach Historic Levels

    Pentagon Spending to Reach Historic Levels0

    The fiscal 2018 omnibus spending bill unveiled Wednesday includes $654 billion for DOD, representing a $61 billion increase over FY 2017 and the largest year-over-year increase in defense funding in 15 years. The department’s $589.5 billion base budget would be its largest since the end of World War II, Todd Harrison, director of defense budget

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  • Army Could Reach Readiness Goals by 2022, Milley Says

    Army Could Reach Readiness Goals by 2022, Milley Says0

    Recent funding increases have enabled the Army to increase the number of brigade combat teams that are fully trained and ready to fight, but the service still needs three or four more years until it achieves its readiness goals, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, told the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Thursday. “If the international

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