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Thornberry To Trump: Don’t Shut Us Down

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL:  Less than two hours after President Trump tweeted that a government shutdown might be a good thing, the conservative Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said, no. either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September to fix… Keep reading →

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No ‘Stomach’ For Full-Year CR: Rep. Wittman

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


NATIONAL HARBOR: More and more House members oppose another Continuing Resolution, which should compel the passage of proper defense spending bills, the House seapower chairman said here this morning. It’s a rare case where the deep divisions in the Republican party between defense hawks and budget hawks could actually smooth the workings of government instead… Keep reading →

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Memos, Vetos, Spending And Those Elections

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: Congress has returned after a week of uncommonly beautiful weather for Washington in late August. But, with all the other miseries that Congress has wrought upon the American people in the last few years, lawmakers appear to have brought the hot and muggy weather back with them. What else might they have brought back? Could… Keep reading →

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Ryan-Murray 2.0: The 2016 Defense Budget By The Numbers

Posted by Mackenzie Eaglen on


This week, the Republican Congress is expected to unveil its fiscal year 2016 budget resolution just as House defense authorizers start marking up their annual bill. What will that mean for the US military? Bottom line, the Pentagon should realistically expect no more than $569 billion from Congress in the final, enacted 2016 budget between base… Keep reading →

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