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Dems Will Fight White House’s $174B Add To Pentagon’s OCO Emergency Fund

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Two top Democrats blasted the proposal, calling it a “blatant attempt to make a mockery of the federal budget process.”

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2018 Budget Battle Between Defense, Budget Hawks Begins; Nukes Top Priority

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: The Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee thinks President Trump’s 2018 spending plan is dead on arrival and has already gone to the Budget Committee to get a much bigger defense budget. Mac Thornberry also doesn’t want defense increases offset by steep cuts to the Coast Guard or State Department, as Trump proposed. Thornberry… Keep reading →

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HASC Chair Signals Push For More OCO Funding

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: None of us knows many details about what’s in the last of the Obama defense budgets, but House Republicans are criticizing the sketchy outlines of the 2017 budget offered by Defense Secretary Ash Carter today. In particular, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry is raising concerns that the Pentagon is not asking Congress… Keep reading →

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Pentagon Comptroller Hale ‘Hopeful’ For Sequestration ‘Micro-Deal’

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: As the House and Senate budget committees confer behind closed doors, the Pentagon’s top budgeteer says that even though he doesn’t know what’s going on he still has hope. “I’ve got my fingers crossed,” Robert Hale, the Defense Department comptroller, told the Defense One conference here this afternoon. “I remain at least cautiously optimistic… Keep reading →

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Secret Brief On DoD Readiness Woes Set For House Members; HASC Hopes To Sway GOP Leaders

Posted by Colin Clark on


CAPITOL HILL: The House Armed Services Committee will hold an extraordinary classified briefing Thursday, open to all House members, on the state of readiness in the US military. Rep. Randy Forbes and other HASC members who pushed for the briefing hope it will help convince Speaker John Boehner and other key GOP leaders that the combined effects… Keep reading →

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