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  • For a Third Time, Feds to Conduct Sale of Stratford Plant

    Following unsuccessful attempts to sell the 78-acre Stratford Army Engine Plant through an auction in 2008 and earlier this year, the General Services Administration now will try to sell the Connecticut property through a sealed bidding process. Bids are scheduled to be opened June 30 …

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  • Some House Lawmakers Question Earmark Ban

    As a number of House appropriators, including Democrats and Republicans, clamor for the chamber’s leaders to reconsider the ban on earmarks, senior House Republicans insist the matter has been settled. A common refrain among appropriators is that the House should clarify the definition of an earmark, reports Roll Call. One problem likely to surface during the appropriations process is project-based spending bills, including the ones that allocate spending for civil works and transportation projects …

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  • Mullen Asks Communities to Benefit from Exiting Service Members

    Communities across the nation should support service members leaving active duty, for their potential as employees and to meet their diverse needs, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the National Association of Counties earlier this month. The priorities for personnel as leave the service, with some continuing to rely on the Veterans Affairs Department for assistance, will be education, health care and employment, Mullen said …

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  • Columbus Region Readies for Ft. Benning Influx

    About 28,000 service members, civilians and family members will be moving to Fort Benning by the time BRAC changes are complete, with the majority of families moving between May and July. One city in Alabama across the Georgia border from Benning is hoping to grow substantially as a result of the new missions coming to the post …

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  • Prospects for a Full-Year Spending Agreement Still Unclear

    Bipartisan negotiations led by the White House to reach a deal on full-year spending bill for fiscal 2011 have gone nowhere so far, leaving uncertain the timeframe or structure of a possible agreement. Beyond the wide gulf between Republicans and Democrats on how much money should be trimmed from spending this year, another stumbling block may be a series of policy provisions conservative House Republicans included in the full-year spending package the House passed Feb. 19 …

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  • Say No to BRAC, Missouri Congresswoman Says

    For the second time in two weeks, a House member is using a comment by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to make a point about a new BRAC round. On Friday, Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) took a stand against an impending BRAC, announcing that she had sent a letter to the chairman of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee, Randy Forbes (R-Va.), to express her concern over any base closure discussions that are under way …

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  • Officials Seek to Guarantee NAS Oceana Protection Funds

    Leaders representing Virginia Beach, Va., are pressing state lawmakers to restore $7.5 million in the coming year’s budget for purchasing land to protect Naval Air Station Oceana from encroachment. The funds represent the state’s share of a $15-million-a-year program launched in 2007 after the BRAC Commission considered closing the air station over concerns about the impact of surrounding residential development on flight training …

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  • Legislation Would Aid Service Members Starting a Business

    Members of the military seeking to start or expand a business would gain priority access to small loans, under one of three bills Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor (D) introduced last week to support service members and their communities. The Patriot Express Authorization Act would turn a successful Small Business Administration pilot program that provides high-guarantee, express loans to active and non-active military personnel, veterans, spouses, children, and widows or widowers into a permanent program …

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