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Congress completed its work on the fiscal 2016 federal budget Friday and President Barack Obama signed the measure into law the same day. It provides funding for all government agencies, including the Defense Department, through Sept. 30, 2016.  The budget, which is for $1.1 trillion, includes $514... Read more
Washington Report (Dec. 15, 2015) Congress will have to pass one more continuing resolution before it reaches an agreement on a budget for next year and leaves town for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Politico reports that the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill, which rolls up all 12 appropriations... Read more
Washington Report (December 8, 2015) Capt. John D. Fesler, a member of the Tennessee Air National Guard, has become the first Air Guardsman to serve as a White House social aide in the program's 114-year history.   Fesler, who is the company grade officer Air representative on the NGAUS board of... Read more
Washington Report (November 17, 2015) Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Monday that ground troops are needed to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, which claimed credit for the deadly attacks in Paris last week.   McCain, the chairman of the Senate... Read more
Washington Report (Nov. 3, 2015) Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, said the role of the force might expand in Europe as tensions increase between Russia and Eastern Europe. Grass was speaking recently before the National Commission on the Future of the Army, which is... Read more
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 6, 2015) The Senate could vote as soon as today on the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, but the president has said he will veto the version of the bill that passed the House last week.   President Barack Obama opposes the bill because House Republicans included... Read more
Washington Report (September 29, 2015) A change-of-responsibility ceremony Friday put Gen. Joseph Dunford atop the U.S. military as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The former commandant of the Marine Corps said he is "humbled by the opportunity."    He called the men and women in uniform... 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