Archive: Congressional/Budget

Coast Guard heavy polar icebreaker Polar Star (foreground) shown cutting a channel in the Ross Sea as part of Operation Deep Freeze 2017. Photo: Chief Petty Officer David Mosley

Coast Guard Unfunded Priorities List Includes $750 Million For Icebreaker

The Coast Guard on July 20 sent to Congress its list of unfunded priorities in the FY ’18 budget request, including $750 million for construction of the first heavy polar icebreaker to keep the program on schedule and potentially accelerate the acquisition. The unfunded priorities list also includes $400 million for four missionized Lockheed Martin […]

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House Appropriators Move $44.3 Billion DHS Bill To Floor

The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved along party lines a $44.3 billion discretionary spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in FY ’18, about $200 million more than the Trump administration requested and $1.9 billion higher than the FY ’17 appropriations. The vote was 30 to 22 in favor of the motion […]

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House Appropriators Would Rescind Long Lead Funds For 10th NSC

The House Appropriations Committee (HAC) this morning will markup its version of the FY ’18 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, which proposes to rescind $95 million appropriated in FY ’17 for a 10th National Security Cutter (NSC), which wasn’t requested by the Coast Guard and isn’t a requirement, according to report language accompanying the bill. The […]

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee

House Passes FY 2018 Defense Authorization Bill

The House wrapped up three days of floor debate on its fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill (H.R. 2810) July 14 and approved the legislation by a bipartisan 344-81 vote. Voting “aye” on the $696-billion measure were 227 Republicans and 117 Democrats. Voting “noe” were eight Republicans and 73 Democrats. Eight representatives did not vote. In […]

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NDAA Amendment To Allow Base Closures Fails In House

An amendment to delete a ban on base closures from the House version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) failed Thursday prior to consideration of the bill. The measure, which would strike language preventing a new round of base realignment and closure from the 1,000-page bill, was voted down 175 to 248 during […]

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House Panel Approves $44.3 Billion FY ’18 DHS Spending Bill

The House Appropriations Homeland Security (HAC-HS) subcommittee on Wednesday approved by voice vote its version of the FY ’18 spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), providing $44.3 billion in discretionary funding, including $500 million for production of the Coast Guard’s first new medium-endurance cutter and long-lead materials for the second vessel. Rep. […]

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House Appropriations Committee Recommends $44.3 Billion DHS Budget

The House Appropriations Committee (HAC) on Tuesday released its proposed $44.3 billion Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget request for fiscal year 2018, including $1.6 billion for the Trump administration’s controversial, long-promised wall along the United States border with Mexico. The HAC’s recommendation calls for appropriating a slight increase from the administration’s FY ‘18 request […]

Robert Lightfoot, NASA's acting administrator (Photo by NASA)

NASA Defends Plan To End Role In DSCOVR Satellite

Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot last week defended his agency’s proposal to end its participation in the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), saying that 20 other spacecraft on orbit provide the same or better information. “We’d rather put our research and analysis efforts around those spacecraft instead of DSCOVR,” Lightfoot testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s […]

An artist's rendering of Restore-L. (Photo courtesy of NASA)

Senators Question Nixing Of NASA’s Satellite Servicing Mission

Three members of the Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) have expressed skepticism over NASA’s decision to scrap its Restore-L satellite-servicing mission. Restore-L was slated to launch in 2020 to refuel the U.S. Geological Survey’s Landsat-7 Earth-imaging satellite. In December, NASA awarded a $127 million contract to Space Systems Loral (SSL) of Palo Alto, Calif., to build […]