Washington Report (September 29, 2015) Congress is likely to pass a short-term measure to fund the government into December, but the Defense Department took the cautionary step Friday of warning troops about what to expect if the government shuts down at midnight Wednesday when the 2015 fiscal year... 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 (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 (August 11, 2015) As Gen. Ray Odierno prepares this week to end his tenure as the Army chief of staff and his military career of nearly 40 years, he told Army Times that he fears the service is being cut too deep for a dangerous world.   "If we get small enough where some of these... Read more
Washington Report (July 21, 2015) The Department of Veterans Affairs credits a change in eligibility for an increase in appointments under the Veterans Choice program.   According to Military Times, the figures jumped from April to June because the program was opened to veterans who must drive at... 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 (June 30. 2015) A government study loudly disputes the Air Force's arguments for retiring the A-10 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft. The study from the Government Accountability Office released Thursday criticizes the Air Force's claim of cost savings and describes a close-air-support... 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 (June 9, 2015) The Senate voted recently to expand a program of the Department of Veterans Affairs that gives more veterans access to private care. The unanimous vote allows veterans to use the VA Choice program if they live within 40 miles of a VA facility that provides limited... Read more