Archive: Congressional/Budget

Sequestration Fight Shifts to House CR Debate

Now that the long-dreaded sequestration cuts have started, the focus in the contentious military-budget-cutting debate shifts to the House as it plans to weigh a plan to make the cuts more manageable for the Pentagon. President Barack Obama and congressional leaders reached no last-minute deal during a meeting Friday morning to stop the politically unpopular […]

GOP Plan To Make Sequester Cuts More Flexible Faces Opposition

Senate Republicans’ pending proposal to give the Pentagon more flexibility to administer pending “sequestration” budget cuts was panned yesterday by the White House and senators on both sides of the aisle. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) pitched legislation to their Republican colleagues yesterday that would […]

Congress Eyes Giving DoD Flexibility To Manage Pending Cuts

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are weighing legislation to give the Pentagon more flexibility to administer across-the-board “sequestration” cuts set to kick in this Friday. Capitol Hill insiders were pessimistic yesterday that Democrats and Republicans will agree on a plan this week to stop the $1.2 trillion in longterm cuts to defense and […]

DoD Will Continue To Invest In Small Firms It Deems Vital

The Pentagon plans to continue a new effort to support small defense companies, if needed, to ensure the government retains the critical capabilities they uniquely provide. Brett Lambert, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for manufacturing and industrial base policy, said yesterday that the Pentagon has found several “key points of vulnerability” in the defense […]

DoD Furlough Warnings Don’t Sway GOP

The Pentagon notified Congress yesterday that it will furlough most of its civilian employees starting in April if “sequestration” budget cuts kick in March 1. The notice, though, had no obvious impact on the congressional gridlock over stopping the cuts, and the Pentagon said there’s little Congress could do in the coming months to make […]

Navy Notifying Contractors Of Possible Ship Maintenance Cancellations

The Navy has initiated plans to formally inform private shipyard contractors of the possible termination of scheduled maintenance work, but stopped short of issuing cancellations it said it might have to do without a fiscal 2013 appropriations bill from Congress. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert last week instructed fleet commanders to begin the […]

Senate Dems: Stop 10 Months Of Sequester, Include Other DoD Cuts

Senate Democrats unveiled yesterday a likely-doomed plan to offset “sequestration” budget cuts through the end of December with a package of new revenues and budget cuts, including a $27.5 billion multi-year defense reduction. Democrats released broad outlines of the proposal, dubbed the American Family Economic Protection Act, just as Congress prepared to recess for a […]

Alabama’s Rogers Ask Panetta To Ensure $211 Million Reprogram For Israel’s Iron Dome

A key lawmaker asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to ensure a reprogramming request would be made so the United States’ $211 million contribution toward Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system is available for fiscal year 2013. “Because the President did not request any funding for Iron Dome in fiscal year 2012, a year-long continuing resolution […]

Ground Combat Vehicle, Iron Dome Contribution Deserve Budget Scrutiny, Krepinevich Says

The Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program and the United States’ contribution to Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system deserve scrutiny in light of possible sequestration and other looming budget cuts, according to the head of an influential Washington think tank. Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) President Andrew Krepinevich told reporters yesterday in […]

Repubs Say DoD Shares Blame For Sequester 

Frustrated Republicans argued yesterday Pentagon officials are partly responsible for the pending “sequestration” budget reductions, because they did not spell out the cuts’ dire consequences until this year. Pentagon leaders including Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter returned to Capitol Hill yesterday for a second day of hearings before pro-military lawmakers to explain the consequences of […]