Defense Appropriations

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
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
Washington Report (February 24, 2015) Eighty men and women with expertise in national security have signed an open letter to House and Senate leaders to end the spending limits required by the Budget Control Act and adequately fund the military so it can address threats around the globe. Former... Read more
Washington Report (February 18, 2015) The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs wants flexibility in how he can use $10 billion marked for the Choice Card program, which allows qualified veterans to seek health care from providers outside the VA. Secretary Robert McDonald said only 27,000... Read more
By Rebecca Autrey February 12, 2015 The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee said he’ll continue to fight for adequate funding of National Guard priorities during remarks at NGAUS headquarters Tuesday. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., addressed the issue at the 2015 Legislative Liaison Workshop.... Read more