• NDAA May Move Fast After Deal on Space Force, Family Leave

    NDAA May Move Fast After Deal on Space Force, Family Leave0

    Democrats seem willing to create the Space Force as a sixth branch of the military in exchange for paid parental leave for all federal personnel, according to the Washington Post’s coverage of a National Defense Authorization Act deal that emerged over the weekend. Space Force was the White House’s top priority in the defense bill

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  • Smith: Administration Has More Border Money than It Can Spend

    Smith: Administration Has More Border Money than It Can Spend0

    House Armed Services Committee Chair Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said Senate Republicans should not hold up last-minute deals by insisting on additional border wall funding, because the administration can’t spend the border funds it currently has. The White House transferred money from military construction projects and other funds but doesn’t have enough time to spend the

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  • NDAA Deal May Be Close

    NDAA Deal May Be Close0

    Talks on the National Defense Authorization Act hinge on a few remaining issues, and a deal could be just days away, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said Wednesday, according to a CQ report. House and Senate negotiators are still talking about PFAS cleanup standards, family leave for federal personnel, Space Force and

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  • NDAA: Lawmakers’ Frustrations Showing

    NDAA: Lawmakers’ Frustrations Showing0

    The top Republicans on the Armed Services committees said Tuesday that House and Senate leaders will need to push the National Defense Authorization Act over the finish line. “We’ve done our job, and now it’s going to be up to leadership on whether they want a bill or not,” Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) told CQ,

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  • NDAA Deal Still in Works

    NDAA Deal Still in Works0

    Lawmakers continued pointing fingers this week for the lack of consensus on the National Defense Authorization Act. House Armed Services Committee Chair Adam Smith (D-Wash.) downplayed disagreements over how to address PFAS contamination and pointed to two other sticking points – whether to fund a border wall and how to structure a space force. “I

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  • NDAA Talks: Smith Accuses Senate GOP of Playing Politics

    NDAA Talks: Smith Accuses Senate GOP of Playing Politics0

    House Armed Services Committee Chair Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said it is “diabolical” that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) are claiming impeachment proceedings might endanger the National Defense Authorization Act. McConnell and Inhofe had made the remarks on the Senate floor this week. “There are reasons

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