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  • House Backs More Funding To Replace A-10 Wings

    The U.S. House of Representatives late June 26 passed an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill aimed at speeding up the installation of new wings on the Air Force’s aging A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support aircraft. The amendment, offered by Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and approved by voice vote, adds $65 million to […]
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  • Senate Appropriators Back More F-35s For Navy, Marines

    The Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense panel (SAC-D) approved a $675-billion fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill June 26 that would fund 89 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 12 more than the Trump administration requested. The Marine Corps and Navy would get a total of 41 F-35Bs and F-35Cs, up from the request for 29 jets, according […]
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  • Senate Appropriators Back Administration on Border Security Funding

    The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its version of a fiscal year 2019 spending bill that prioritizes building physical barriers along the southern border more so than additional technology deployments. The committee’s markup last week of the Department of Homeland Security’s spending bill includes $1.6 billion for physical barriers and related infrastructure, the same as […]
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  • Space Force Could Be Authorized In FY 2020 Defense Bill, Lawmaker Says

    Legislation to implement President Donald Trump’s proposed Space Force will likely be considered as part of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill that Congress will take up next year, a key House member said June 21. Two congressionally mandated reports that the Department of Defense owes Congress later this year will guide lawmakers as […]
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  • House Nears Debate On FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill

    The full U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up its version of the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill the week of June 25-29. The debate on the $674.6-billion measure will likely occur June 27, according to a spokeswoman for the House Appropriations Committee (HAC).  The House Rules Committee has set a deadline […]
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