• Rep. Roby Wins GOP Primary

    Rep. Roby Wins GOP Primary0

    Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.), co-chair of the House Defense Communities Caucus and a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, won her Republican primary runoff Tuesday over a challenger who attacked her as insufficiently supportive of President Trump. Trump, however, tweeted an endorsement of Roby last month, a culmination of her efforts to make amends

  • Senate Caucus Highlights Veterans Issues, Community Partnering for Congressional Staff0

    Lawmakers, DOD officials and local leaders addressed some of the most pressing issues for active-base communities at the first-ever Senate Defense Communities Caucus-hosted briefing last week, including military-community partnering, economic development and veterans’ quality of life. “Communities being responsive and welcoming to transitioning veterans, and thinking outside of the box to find solutions when working with the military are important in this time of tighter budgets,” said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) …

  • Hill Staff Learn about LRA Challenges, Potential Legislative Solutions0

    Two new pieces of legislation designed to aid the revitalization of closed military bases would help BRAC communities cope with a long-term decline in federal support for base redevelopment. At a Capitol Hill briefing Tuesday, hosted by the House Defense Communities Caucus, representatives from the offices of Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) discussed changes to two existing tools for fostering redevelopment — the New Markets Tax Credit and the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program — to benefit closure communities …