Defense Appropriations

Washington Report (October 27, 2015) The White House and leaders in Congress seem to have reached a two-year budget deal that would increase military spending and end the threat of a government shutdown. The House is expected to take up the measure Wednesday and the Senate will vote after that.  ... Read more
Washington Report (October 20, 2015) Sixteen senators wrote to Army leadership Friday, asking for clarity on the Army's tactical wheeled vehicle strategy.   The note to John McHugh, the Army secretary, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, comes two months after the Army awarded Oshkosh... Read more
Washington Report (October 13, 2015) The 2016 National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress last week will not reach the president's desk until next week. President Barack Obama has said he will veto the bill because it bypasses caps on military spending. But the bill has not yet been... Read more
Washington Report (September 22, 2015) The fiscal year ends at midnight Sept. 30, a mere eight days away, but Congress is far from approving a budget for fiscal 2016. While some Republicans want to shut down the government over the issue of funding Planned Parenthood, most Capitol Hill watchers... Read more
Washington Report (September 15, 2015) Congress may approve a deal to extend the budget for a few weeks beyond the end of the fiscal year in hopes of approving a full budget for fiscal 2016 later, according to Army Times.   That's the hope of Rep. Mac Thornberry, R- Texas, the chairman of the House... Read more
Washington Report (September 1, 2015) Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has questions for Defense Secretary Ash Carter about two Air Force programs. In letters to the Pentagon boss, McCain has asked for explanations regarding delays in the KC-46A aerial... Read more
Washington Report (August 25, 2015) Most people assume Congress will likely not pass a budget before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30, but sources are telling Defense News that lawmakers are considering the "nearly unprecedented step" of operating for all of fiscal 2016 without a new budget.   If... Read more
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