Defense Appropriations

NGAUS Washington Report (April 23, 2013) Traditional assumptions about force structure deserve reconsideration in the current fiscal environment, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said last week. During testimony on Capitol Hill, Gen. Frank J. Grass was asked about the optimum mix of active... Read more
A quick look back at National Guard stories from this week:  Tuition assistance is on its way back, hopefully. The recently-signed continuing resolution reinstates tuition assistance, but there is no timeline attached. (via Stars and Stripes) Death by 1,000 cuts. Is the active Army trying to poach... Read more
  On Monday, the House Appropriations Committee released draft language for a full-year Continuing Resolution and a Fiscal Year 2013 Defense spending bill agreed to by House and Senate defense appropriators. This bill would provide stop-gap funding for the federal government through the end of... Read more
Appropriations Bill StatusThe House completed work on their version of the bill on July 19, however, Senate leaders have acknowledged they will likely be unable to complete work on FY13 spending measures until after the November elections.  As a result, House and Senate leaders announced that they... Read more
The House has no plans to move forward this week on a catch-all spending bill to avert the government shutdown, sources confirmed today. Congress will instead leave town for a five-week recess without voting on a continuing resolution (CR) or even introducing it, sources said. “No CR this week,”... Read more
House lawmakers this week are set to move two of the largest annual appropriations bills, the Defense and Labor-HHS-Education spending bills, and will also take a step toward finding a way to halt automatic spending cuts due early next year. By week’s end, the House is expected to pass the annual... Read more
The final piece to be revealed in the defense legislative puzzle is the Defense Appropriations bill. Thus far, the Senate Appropriations Committee has yet to approve their version of the defense spending bill, while the House is moving towards full floor consideration, most likely next week. In the... Read more
Last week the Department of Defense in a letter to Congressional members announced that it will stop scheduled Air Force transfers until Congress finalizes the 2013 budget. This is long overdue considering both the House and Senate months ago included language in the National Defense Authorization... Read more
Senate Appropriators on the Subcommittee on Defense (SAC-D) met yesterday morning to hold a hearing on the FY13 Defense spending bill. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey and Undersecretary of Defense Comptroller Robert Hale were present... Read more
Hope everyone has had an amazing first week of June. Temps may be creeping up in the 80s and 90s across the country, but the average temperature in most Washington, DC offices is hypothermic tundra. That's a fact. The summer snuggie is actually a "thing". What we've been up to.... On Monday, we... Read more

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