Archive: Congressional/Budget

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

Thornberry Predicts CR But More Money For Missile Defense

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said he thinks Congress will pass a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through December and could add additional money for missile defense and readiness. Thornberry expects the three-month long CR to fund the government past the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30 but […]

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Air Force Bracing For Possible Budget Turbulence

The U.S. Air Force has begun preparing for the possibility that Congress will have to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government running when fiscal year 2018 begins in a little over a month, service Secretary Heather Wilson said Aug. 25. The Air Force could “adapt” to a “very short” CR, and it […]

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and defense subcommittee

Senate Appropriators Pencil In Less Money For Defense Than House Approved

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) tentatively plans to provide almost $63 billion less in its fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill than its House counterpart has advanced through its own chamber. According to the committee’s recent “funding guidance” to its subcommittees, the Senate defense bill would contain $595.2 billion, including $513.1 billion in base funding […]

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Senate Panel Votes To Save NASA’s Satellite Servicing Mission

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) has moved to preserve NASA’s Restore-L satellite-servicing mission, rejecting the agency’s proposal to nix the program. The committee, which approved its fiscal year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill July 27, included $130 million to continue Restore-L. The legislation now heads to the full Senate for its consideration. Acting […]

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House Rejects Attempt To Nix Space-Based Missile Defense

The House has defeated by voice vote a proposal to block funding for a new space-based missile defense system. The proposed amendment to the fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill would have denied money needed to carry out a provision in the House-passed FY 2018 defense authorization bill that would direct the Missile Defense Agency to begin […]

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Lawmakers Seek To Block Funding For Space Corps, Space-Based Missile Defense

As the full House gears up to consider its fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill this week, lawmakers have submitted more than 140 amendments for potential consideration, including proposals to block funding for creating a space corps and developing space-based missile defenses. An amendment by Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) would deny money needed to implement […]

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 […]