Defense Appropriations

Washington Report (July 14, 2015) Congressional leaders say it's likely the House and Senate will not pass a budget before the end of the fiscal year. Instead, Congress is headed towards a continuing resolution to keep spending at current levels at the start of fiscal 2016.    "I don't want to do... Read more
Washington Report (July 7, 2015) Congress has a lot of work ahead of it following the Fourth of July recess, from high-profile Pentagon confirmations to defense spending bills. It has nondefense issues, like highway funding, to address, as well.   Topping the defense list is the fiscal 2016... Read more
Washington Report (June 16, 2015) The House passed a defense spending bill June 11 that has funds for several unique National Guard efforts, including border-security operations, the State Partnership Program (SPP), the Youth ChalleNGe Program and Counterdrug Program. The Senate is expected to take... Read more
Washington Report (May 5, 2015) The chief of the National Guard Bureau sounded a warning about the impact of sequestration on the National Guard in testimony to a Senate subcommittee last week. "I am concerned that under sequestration, the nation will have its smallest National Guard since the end... Read more
Washington Report (April 21, 2015) President Barack Obama has been asked by 25 state and territory seconds-in-command to rethink the Army's proposal in the fiscal 2016 budget to cut manpower in the Army National Guard by 8,000 and move its AH-64 Apache helicopters to the active component. The... Read more
Washington Report (April 14, 2015) Congress has returned to the nation's capital and work is expected to begin again on the defense bills. Military Times says service members should not expect to see recommendations from the panel on compensation included in the budget. Also, a pay raise of 1.3... Read more
Washington Report (April 14, 2015) The United States remains the world's leader in defense spending despite a drop of 20 percent since 2010, according to a report released Monday from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Meanwhile, China, Russia and Saudi Arabia have significantly... Read more
Washington Report (March 31, 2015) Senate and House members have told their colleagues on influential committees of their support for the A-10 Thunderbolt II. In letters from members of both chambers, the Warthog has been praised as a key weapon of war that should not be retired. Eighteen House... Read more
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Washington Report (March 17, 2015) As Congress gets serious about the nation's budget, some Republicans are calling for an end to the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, but others in the party are unlikely to agree. Some are devising ways to get around it. President Barack Obama's budget... Read more

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