Archive: Congressional/Budget

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Sen. Schumer Resists Placing Defense ‘Anomalies’ In New CR

As lawmakers continued negotiations Dec. 20 on a new continuing resolution (CR), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Democrats would oppose attempts to include “anomalies” that are designed to get around defense spending limits. While the new CR would generally freeze funding at the previous fiscal year’s level and prevent the start of new programs, […]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
Photo: U.S. Senate.

Senate Leaders Negotiating New Federal Funding Deal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Dec. 19 that he and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) are trying to reach an agreement to prevent the government from shutting down when the current continuing resolution (CR) that funds federal operations expires in a few days. “Those conversations, I think, will speed up after the […]

President Donald Trump speaks to service members and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo)

New National Security Strategy Promotes Economic Might To Fuel Military Moderization

The Trump Administration on Dec. 18 released an America First national security strategy that promotes domestic economic growth as fuel for beefing up the military, modernizing its weapons and projecting might abroad. Instead of isolating the United States, the document calls for a policy of “peace through strength” in which the United States does not […]


Lawmakers Push For Funding To Restart A-10 Wing Production

A group of 20 lawmakers led by Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) is urging leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to include funding in the final fiscal year 2018 defense spending package to buy new wings for the Air Force’s aging but heavily used A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support aircraft. In a Dec. 15 letter, […]


Key Lawmaker Proposes Full Funding For Defense, Short-Term CR For Non-Defense

With Congress still trying to reach a fiscal year 2018 budget agreement, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has proposed legislation (H.J.Res. 124) to fully fund defense for the rest of the fiscal year. The measure, introduced Dec. 13, would provide $664.1 billion for defense, or about $28.4 billion above the […]

Trump Signs FY 2018 Defense Authorization Bill, Urges Hill To Finish Defense Appropriations

President Donald Trump signed the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization conference report (H.R. 2810) into law Dec. 12, calling the nearly $700-billion measure “a momentous step” toward rebuilding the military and protecting the nation. “This legislation will enhance our readiness, modernize our forces and help provide our service members with the tools that they need […]

David Norquist, comptroller of the Department of Defense.  (Army photo)

Continuing Resolutions Slowing Munitions Buys, DoD Official Says

The lack of a fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations act is delaying Pentagon plans to boost production rates for heavily used munitions, a Department of Defense official said Dec. 7. While the House and Senate versions of the fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill are “very supportive” of DoD’s budget request for munitions, Congress has […]

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Rep. McCarthy Says Defense And Domestic Spending Shouldn’t Be Treated Equally In Budget Deal

Congress is aiming to pass a short-term resolution this week to give it time to craft a longer term budget agreement that avoids automatic spending cuts, known as sequestration, but any budget deal shouldn’t hold increases in defense appropriations hostage to an equal ramp up in domestic funding, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said […]

Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson speaking at the company's annual media day on March 21. Photo: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin CEO: Budget Uncertainty Hurts Industry As Much As Military

Defense budget cuts and an ongoing series of stopgaps spending measures is hollowing out the U.S. defense industry as much as Pentagon leaders accuse funding uncertainty for threatening military readiness and modernization, according to Lockheed Martin’s [LMT] chief executive. Speaking to the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, Calif., on Dec. 2, CEO Marillyn […]