Archive: Congressional/Budget

Dragoons from Lightning Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment advance in a Stryker during a joint training exercise with Lithuanian soldiers in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve at Pabrade Training Area, Lithuania, March 2, 2015. Photo: DVIDS

$9.5 Billion Army Budget Hike Funds Endstrength, Modernization In FY19

The Army’s fiscal 2019 budget request provides a nearly $10 billion boost in funding aimed at growing the force while providing more for daily operations, procurement and modernization. At $148.4 billion, the Army’s fiscal 2019 base budget request comes in at $9.5 billion, or 7 percent, above the fiscal 2018 request. The spending plan released […]

Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star. The cutter was built by the former Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company and was commissioned in 1977. Photo: Coast Guard

DHS Seeks $47.5 Billion In FY ’19, Including Funding For New Polar Icebreaker

The White House on Monday sent Congress a $47.5 billion discretionary budget request for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in fiscal year 2019, a roughly 7 percent increase over what Congress appears to be leaning toward in the yet to be completed appropriations for fiscal year 2018. The Trump administration’s request for DHS also […]

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

Defense Budget Request Grows 10 Percent Over Current CR Levels To $716 Billion

At just over $686 billion, the Department of Defense fiscal year 2019 budget request continues the military funding increases promised by the Trump administration in force structure, procurement and investment in future technologies. Including war funding, the budget is a $74.2 billion, or 10 percent, increase over the fiscal 2018 continuing resolution funding levels the […]

The first two combat-coded F-35A Lightning II aircraft arrive at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Sept. 2, 2015. Photo: Air Force.

Air Force F-35 Program Gets Help From Budget Deal

Language included in the newly enacted federal budget agreement will allow the Air Force to proceed with “critical” construction projects for its F-35A Lightning II program, according to a congressional panel. The provision, or “anomaly,” is part of a continuing resolution (CR) included in the two-year budget agreement, the Senate Appropriations Committee said Feb 8. […]

Capitol at night---cropped---MS photo

Senate Leaders Reach Two-Year Deal To End Budget Stalemate

Senate leaders announced Feb. 7 that they have reached a bipartisan agreement to lift congressionally mandated spending caps in fiscal years 2018 and 2019 and end a months-long budget impasse. The deal, outlined on the Senate floor by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), would prevent the return […]

Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) (Photo courtesy of Granger's office)

Rep. Granger To Seek House Appropriations Chair

Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), who chairs the House Appropriations Committee’s defense panel, plans to vie for the helm of the full committee if Republicans keep control of the House in this fall’s elections. Since Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) announced Jan. 29 that he will not seek re-election to Congress (Defense Daily, Jan. 30), “people have been encouraging […]

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee

House Re-Passes FY 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill

The House of Representatives voted, 250-166, Jan. 30 to re-pass its version of the fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill. The $658.1-billion measure originally received House approval last year but failed to advance to a conference with the gridlocked Senate, which never voted on its $651-billion version.  “It is past time that this essential, must-pass funding bill […]


Trump Signs Fourth CR For FY 2018 Into Law

President Trump signed into law late Jan. 22 a continuing resolution (CR) that funds the government through Feb. 8 and ends a three-day federal shutdown. Earlier that evening, the Senate and House passed the CR (H.R. 195) by votes of 81-18 and 266-150, respectively. The previous CR expired Jan. 19, and a stalemate over what […]


Senate Votes To Reopen Government

The Senate approved a continuing resolution (CR) late Jan. 22 that would fund the government through Feb. 8 and end a three-day federal shutdown. The Senate passed the measure by an 81-18 vote, sending it to the House for its consideration. The House was expected to begin voting at roughly 6 p.m. Eastern time. A […]

Capitol under clouds

DoD Prepares For Possible Shutdown As Congress Debates Funding

The Department of Defense was bracing for a partial shutdown late Jan. 19 as Congress grappled with how to keep the government funded after a stopgap measure expires at midnight. The House approved a new continuing resolution (CR) late Jan. 18 that would keep the government open through Feb. 16, but the measure (H.J. Res. […]