Archive: Congressional/Budget

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee

SASC NDAA Markup Increases Defense Base Budget By $29 Billion

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) approved its markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 Wednesday night, authorizing $29 billion above the Trump administration’s base budget request. The SASC voted unanimously to markup a $632 billion base defense budget that is also $18 billion more than the House Armed Services […]

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House Appropriators Propose $28.6 Billion ‘Defense Restoration Fund’

The House Appropriations Committee (HAC) is proposing to set up a $28.6 billion “national defense restoration fund” in fiscal year 2018 that the Pentagon could tap for equipment upgrades, technology development, readiness improvements and other purposes to implement its upcoming new defense strategy. The strategy, which Congress expects to receive in September, “will inform the investments […]

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Lawmaker Says Defense Funding Boost In Doubt Due To Budget Cap Deadlock

The top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee threw cold water on the panel’s plan to boost defense spending by tens of billions of dollars, saying the increase will not materialize if Congress does not resolve a broader budget debate. While the committee’s fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill contains $631.5 billion in base […]

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House Appropriators Eye Adding Billions To DoD Budget Request

The House Appropriations Committee (HAC) announced late June 25 that its fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill would give the Department of Defense $584.2 billion in discretionary funding, $68.1 billion above the FY 2017 enacted level and $18.4 billion above the Trump administration’s request. The bill also would provide $73.9 billion in overseas contingency operations […]