Archive: Congressional/Budget

The USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) underway on its own power for the first time during its builder's sea trials in April 2017. (Photo: U.S. Navy).

NDAA Conference OKs CVN-81, 3 LCSs, And Advanced Procurement For LPD Flight II

In the negotiated conference version of the fiscal year (FY) 2019 defense authorization bill, House and Senate members agreed to authorize the fourth Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier, three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), and advanced procurement funds for LPD Flight II San Antonio-class amphibious dock transport ships. The fourth Ford-class carrier, CVN-81, is expected to […]

Unified NDAA Calls On Pentagon to Accelerate LRSO and GBSD

The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, which the House could vote on Thursday, calls on the Pentagon to speed up modernization of the nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic-missile fleet and air-launched cruise missiles. The unified National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) picked up House language requiring the Pentagon to find some way of speeding up the programs. The […]

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House Expected To Vote On FY 19 NDAA Conference Report Next Week

The House is expected to vote next week on a conference report that settles differences between its version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill and the Senate’s legislation. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will bring the report on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to the House floor for consideration ahead of […]

Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.).

Palazzo Plans Amendment To Add 12th NSC To DHS Budget

Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) on Thursday said he plans to introduce an amendment next week to provide funding for a 12th Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC) when the House Appropriations Committee marks up the fiscal year 2019 spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee (HAC-HS) unanimously approved […]

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House Appropriations Panel Recommends $5 Billion For Southern Border Wall; Democrats Opposed

The House panel that oversees appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday said it is recommending a budget increase for the department in fiscal year 2019, with a substantial chunk of the boost targeted for new physical barriers on the southern border. Overall, the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee is proposing $51.4 billion […]

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C)

Senate Panel, House Advance FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) and the full House passed their respective versions of the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill June 28. The Senate panel approved its version by a 30-1 vote, while the House cleared its legislation by a 359-49 vote. Both bills would provide about $675 billion for defense (Defense Daily, June […]

Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.)

House Backs More Funding To Replace A-10 Wings

The U.S. House of Representatives late June 26 passed an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill aimed at speeding up the installation of new wings on the Air Force’s aging A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support aircraft. The amendment, offered by Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and approved by voice vote, adds $65 million to […]

A Marine Corps F-35B lands on a ship. (U.S. Navy photo)

Senate Appropriators Back More F-35s For Navy, Marines

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense panel (SAC-D) approved a $675-billion fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill June 26 that would fund 89 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 12 more than the Trump administration requested. The Marine Corps and Navy would get a total of 41 F-35Bs and F-35Cs, up from the request for 29 jets, according […]

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Senate Appropriators Back Administration on Border Security Funding

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its version of a fiscal year 2019 spending bill that prioritizes building physical barriers along the southern border more so than additional technology deployments. The committee’s markup last week of the Department of Homeland Security’s spending bill includes $1.6 billion for physical barriers and related infrastructure, the same as […]

Coast Guard National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754). Photo: Coast Guard

Senate Appropriators Believe Coast Guard Needs 12th National Security Cutter

Even though they didn’t provide funding for a 12th National Security Cutter (NSC) in their markup last week of the Department of Homeland Security’s fiscal year 2019 budget request, the Senate Appropriations Committee says it still believes the Coast Guard needs the vessel. “The Committee continues to believe that the Coast Guard’s fleet of twelve […]