• House to Advance Multiple Appropriations Bills to Avoid Fall Shutdown

    House to Advance Multiple Appropriations Bills to Avoid Fall Shutdown

    The House will vote on a nearly $1 trillion spending package next week as the first of several appropriations measures that Democrats want to pass to avert automatic spending cuts and a possible government shutdown this fall when a new fiscal year begins, CQ reported Wednesday. The bill, including a $733 billion defense topline, combines

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  • VA Launches New Community Care Program as Lawmakers Raise Transition Concerns

    VA Launches New Community Care Program as Lawmakers Raise Transition Concerns

    The Veterans Affairs Department began allowing enrolled veterans to seek medical care services outside traditional VA facilities Thursday, even as some lawmakers and veterans groups have raised concerns about the major agency transition, The New York Times reported. The VA Mission Act, which formally launches Friday, allows enrollees in the agency’s new Veterans Community Care

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  • Democrats to Include Climate Change Legislation in NDAA

    Democrats to Include Climate Change Legislation in NDAA

    The Democrat-led House Armed Services Committee will seek to include in its fiscal 2020 NDAA legislation requirements that the Pentagon more aggressively study risks posed to its bases by climate change, Roll Call reported. Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) introduced a brief draft of the proposed requirements Thursday, saying they will be included in the draft

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  • Senate Confirms Lt. Gen. Berger as Marine Commandant

    Senate Confirms Lt. Gen. Berger as Marine Commandant

    The Senate confirmed Marine Corps Lt. Gen. David Berger to be the next commandant of the service, Marine Times reported. With the confirmation, Berger was also awarded his fourth star to the rank of general. Berger, currently commander of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, will become the 37th commandant when he replaces Gen. Robert Neller

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  • House Readiness Panel Advances its Draft Legislation for Full NDAA Markup

    House Readiness Panel Advances its Draft Legislation for Full NDAA Markup

    The House Armed Services readiness subcommittee approved its portion of the fiscal 2020 defense policy bill Wednesday morning, CQ reported. The panel was the final Armed Services subcommittee to advance its National Defense Authorization Act legislation, approving its markup without amendments. The full committee will mark up this year’s NDAA package June 12. The readiness

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  • Coast Guard to Make Budget Gains in House Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

    Coast Guard to Make Budget Gains in House Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

    The Democrat-led House Homeland Security appropriations subcommittee advanced its fiscal 2020 defense appropriations bill Wednesday that would total $63.8 billion in discretionary DHS spending, CQ reported. “With this bill, House Democrats continue fighting to strengthen our national security while reflecting our American values,” Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. The panel’s

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