• House Releases $690 Billion Draft Defense Bill; Restricts DOD Border Funding

    House Releases $690 Billion Draft Defense Bill; Restricts DOD Border Funding

    The Democrat-led House Appropriations Defense subcommittee released a $690.2 billion fiscal 2020 draft spending bill Tuesday that would sharply restrict DOD’s ability to transfer funds within accounts, according to CQ. The draft bill allocates a 2% increase over fiscal 2019 defense spending with $622.1 billion for the DOD’s base budget and $68.1 billion for Pentagon

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  • Senate Looks Toward Disaster Relief Vote Next Week

    Senate Looks Toward Disaster Relief Vote Next Week

    The Senate is looking toward a vote next week on a disaster aid package, according to a Tuesday CQ report. The multibillion-dollar bill has not been finalized, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he still has hopes for a disaster relief package by the Memorial Day recess. “We’re going to have a vote

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  • Inhofe Endorses Norquist as Permanent Deputy Defense Secretary

    Inhofe Endorses Norquist as Permanent Deputy Defense Secretary

    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.) endorsed Acting Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist Tuesday to become the next permanent deputy defense secretary, according to CQ. “I’m very strongly in support of Norquist,” Inhofe told the outlet. “I’ve had a chance to talk to the president about Norquist,” he said. Norquist became acting deputy defense

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  • House Bill Appropriates 12 More Lockheed F-35s, Eight Boeing F-15Xs

    House Bill Appropriates 12 More Lockheed F-35s, Eight Boeing F-15Xs

    The House Appropriations Defense subcommittee budget proposal released Tuesday allocates $8.7 billion for 12 additional purchases of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighters while also including the Pentagon’s request for new Boeing F-15X Eagle fighters, according to a Bloomberg Government report. The House bill funds 90 fifth-generation F-35s and eight fourth-generation F-15Xs. DOD’s fiscal 2020 budget request

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  • Shanahan Visits Border, Says Troops Staying Until Situation is Secure

    Shanahan Visits Border, Says Troops Staying Until Situation is Secure

    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan visited McAllen, Texas, Saturday and said he intends to accelerate border security planning while working to bolster the administration’s border activities without requiring endless DOD help, AP reported. During the brief visit Shanahan offered assurances that the Pentagon has no plans to end its military support early. “We’re not going

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  • House Appropriators to Markup FY2020 Defense Bill Wednesday; Other Hearings This Week

    House Appropriators to Markup FY2020 Defense Bill Wednesday; Other Hearings This Week

    This week the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee will begin finalizing its fiscal 2020 defense bill with a full markup session Wednesday morning. Here is a roundup of the important hearings taking place on Capitol Hill this week: House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee closed-door markup of fiscal 2020 bill, Weds., 10 a.m House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing

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