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  • Senate Committee Advances 2-Year Budget Idea

    Senate Committee Advances 2-Year Budget Idea

    The Senate Budget Committee last week advanced reform legislation that would require lawmakers to pass two-year budget resolutions. The appropriations cycle would continue to be annual. Despite a 15-6 committee vote and growing frustrations about the dysfunctional pace of the appropriations process, the bill is unlikely to become law. Similar reform plans have died in

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  • Vet Benefits Vary Widely from State to State, CNAS Study Says

    Vet Benefits Vary Widely from State to State, CNAS Study Says

    There is a stark gap in the type and level of benefits the states offer to veterans, according to a report the Center for a New American Security released Monday, along with a searchable database of benefit opportunities. Illinois ranks at the top of the report as having the most benefits for veterans. All states

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  • Service Leaders Sound Alarms over Long-Term Stopgap

    Service Leaders Sound Alarms over Long-Term Stopgap

    The military services are stepping up their warnings about what would happen if Congress continues forcing DOD to operate at its current budget levels for the rest of the fiscal year. The Air Force has outlined which “capabilities cannot be realized without an authorization and appropriation bill for FY20” in a fact sheet, which Air

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  • Trump Nominates McCusker to Be DOD Comptroller

    Trump Nominates McCusker to Be DOD Comptroller

    Elaine McCusker has been tapped for a promotion to DOD comptroller. The White House announced her nomination Wednesday. She is currently the deputy. McCusker has also worked for the Senate Armed Services Committee. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Isaiah Gomez

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  • DOD, Researchers Testing Potential PFAS Fix

    DOD, Researchers Testing Potential PFAS Fix

    The Air Force and scientists have tested a method of cleaning up PFAS-contaminated groundwater at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, using plasma technology to destroy the “forever chemicals,” the service announced in a press release. “This is the only technology that actually destroys PFAS molecules that has been demonstrated at this scale; it doesn’t just

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  • Moran: Veterans’ Affairs Committee to Focus on Vets’ Mental Health in 2020

    Moran: Veterans’ Affairs Committee to Focus on Vets’ Mental Health in 2020

    Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) will make legislation addressing veterans’ mental wellbeing a priority in the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee next year, Military.com reported. Moran is expected to lead the panel when its current chair, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), retires at the end of this year. Moran and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) have introduced legislation addressing

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  • Appropriators Meeting for Bipartisan Spending Talks Next Week

    Appropriators Meeting for Bipartisan Spending Talks Next Week

    House and Senate appropriators will sit down next week when House lawmakers return from their Veterans Day break. “We’re going to talk about everything — any way to move the process,” Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said, according to Politico. “We have to do the best we can as soon as we can.”

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  • Eaglen: SECDEF Worried About Long-Term CR

    Eaglen: SECDEF Worried About Long-Term CR

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper is so worried about the consequences of a long-term continuing resolution that when he went to Capitol Hill recently to brief lawmakers on the Abu Bakr al–Baghdadi raid, “he spent much of his time pleading for a 2020 appropriations bill,” defense policy analyst Mackenzie Eaglen wrote in a Defense One column. Eaglen,

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