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The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to complete assignments for subcommittee chairs later today. On Monday, the committee selected Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) as its new chairman after Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) resigned last week due to ongoing health issues. Shelby is expected to take over the defense appropriations panel as well, which Cochran chaired, reported CQ.READ MORE
A consortium of 32 military, veterans and uniformed services organizations is taking a stand against legislation to provide military families the option of establishing education savings accounts (ESAs) to pursue alternative educational opportunities. Diverting funding from the federal Impact Aid program to fund the vouchers would harm the ability of school districts to provide aREAD MORE
Hanscom AFB is a critical asset for the Air Force with a bright future, Secretary Heather Wilson said Thursday following a tour of the installation located outside of Boston. Wilson, who was accompanied by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), said the service is spending about $225 million on construction at the base and MIT Lincoln Laboratory.READ MORE
Over its 15-year lifespan, DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program — a critical tool for combating encroachment that can limit or restrict military training, testing and operations — has protected 516,413 acres in 93 locations across 31 states. Those efforts have relied on $452 million in REPI funds, $316 million in funding from the militaryREAD MORE
Multiple organizations are calling for the creation of a new senior position within the Department of Veterans Affairs which would focus on economic opportunity issues, including education, employment and transition. Student Veterans of America proposed establishing a Veterans Economic Opportunity Administration and a new undersecretary last month during a subcommittee hearing of the House Veterans’READ MORE
The Air Force’s fleet of A-10 close air support aircraft should remain in the service’s inventory until at least 2030, after Congress provided $103 million in the fiscal 2018 omnibus to sustain its plan to re-wing much of the fleet. Last week Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said the “Warthog” would remain in the fleetREAD MORE
The services are receiving a 58 percent jump in funding to maintain and repair their infrastructure under the fiscal 2018 omnibus spending bill signed into law last month, but significant progress in addressing DOD’s backlog in outstanding facility needs still is decades away. Relative increases in facility sustainment, restoration and modernization funding vary widely byREAD MORE