Archive: Congressional/Budget

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House Appropriations Chair Unveils New CR

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has introduced a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal government open through Feb. 16, his office announced late Jan. 16. If enacted into law, the CR (H.J.Res. 125) will replace the one that expires Jan. 19, becoming the fourth such stopgap measure for fiscal […]

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) (Photo courtesy of Rep. Ryan's office)

House Speaker Urges Budget Deal To Help Restore Military Readiness

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is prodding his fellow lawmakers to reach an agreement on a fiscal year 2018 budget, saying that the lack of such a deal is worsening the military’s already severe readiness problems. At his weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill Jan. 11, Ryan said that too few planes, ships and soldiers […]

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New CR Becomes Law But Draws Sen. McCain’s Ire

President Donald Trump signed into law Dec. 22 a continuing resolution (CR) that will keep the federal government open until Jan. 19 and provide $4.7 billion in emergency funding for ballistic missile defense and Navy ship repairs. The Senate approved the CR (H.R. 1370) by a 66-32 vote late Dec. 21 following similar action in […]


Short-Term Budget Resolution Includes Sec. 702 Deadline Extension, IC Officials Urge Full Reauthorization

Congress passed a short-term budget resolution last Thursday which includes extending a National Security Agency (NSA) authority that allows for the warrantless collection of foreign suspects’ communications outside of U.S. borders. The surveillance law, Sec. 702 of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA), was set to expire on Dec. 31, but amid pressure from the […]

The USS John S. McCain (DDG-56). Photo: U.S. Navy.

New CR Includes Billions For Missile Defense, Ship Repairs

The House of Representatives passed a new continuing resolution (CR) late Dec. 21 that would keep the federal government open until Jan. 19 and provide billions of dollars in emergency funding for missile defense and Navy ship repairs. The CR (H.R. 1370), which was headed to the Senate for its consideration, would provide about $4 […]

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
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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 J. Trump speaks to service members and their families during a Troop Talk, Nov. 5, 2017, at Yokota Air Base, Japan. President Trump spoke to the importance of the friendship between the United States and Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Donald Hudson)

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 […]