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  • Top House Defense Appropriator Leaving Congress

    Top House Defense Appropriator Leaving Congress

    House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.) surprised colleagues Wednesday by announcing he won’t seek re-election to the House next year. By seniority, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) is next in line to head the subcommittee. If she chooses not to leave her current position heading another subcommittee, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) would be next

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  • White House Open to Stopgap Bill, Wall Fund Compromise

    White House Open to Stopgap Bill, Wall Fund Compromise

    The White House is willing to accept a smaller pot of money for a southern border wall than it initially requested, CQ reported late Tuesday. “The bazaar is open, no reasonable offer refused,” CQ reported a source as saying. “It’s time for the Hill to make them a proposal,” the source said. The development gives

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  • Conger: DCIP Funding Key to Secure Installations

    Conger: DCIP Funding Key to Secure Installations

    To keep installations resilient, the Pentagon needs to focus on infrastructure outside the fence, John Conger wrote in a Defense One article encouraging Congress to fund the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP). The program would support community resiliency efforts against threats such as climate change. “[D]efense communities have become indispensable to the installations they surround,

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  • ‘Skinny’ NDAA Still an Option as Talks Stretch On

    ‘Skinny’ NDAA Still an Option as Talks Stretch On

    Lawmakers on the armed services committees are still trying to work out differences in two versions of the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. Border wall funding is the primary issue holding up a deal. A back-up option is the so-called “skinny” version of the bill introduced by Senate Armed Services Chairman Jim Inhofe

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  • Stronger Talent Needed in AI Race, Esper Says

    Stronger Talent Needed in AI Race, Esper Says

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper asked the private sector and the think tank community on Tuesday to help the U.S. catch up on AI innovation. “DOD doesn’t have a monopoly on great ideas, and certainly not talent,” Esper said at a conference of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. “So much of it is coming

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  • Trump Won’t Rule Out Shutdown This Month

    Trump Won’t Rule Out Shutdown This Month

    The scramble is on to pass a new continuing resolution to keep the government open past Nov. 21. House and Senate appropriators are discussing an additional stopgap bill to run into mid-December, according to reports. While some lawmakers have proposed a CR that stretches into February, House and Senate leaders worry that would push the

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  • Senate Committee Considering Bill to Move to 2-Year Budget

    Senate Committee Considering Bill to Move to 2-Year Budget

    The Senate Budget Committee this week will consider legislation to reform the federal budget process. The bill, introduced last week by the committee’s chair, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), would require two-year budget resolutions. The current process is based on an annual budget resolution. Under the legislation, the House and Senate

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  • In Our Communities

    In Our Communities

    An inter-agency task force in Connecticut has reported recommendations on how to deal with PFAS contamination in the state, Gov. Ned Lamont (D) announced in a press release. Among the plan’s recommendations is to increase communication and collaboration with contamination-affected communities…. The Georgia Veterans Education Career Transition Resource in Warner Robins will now be able

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