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Legislative Update

DEFENSE SPENDING STALLED AGAIN It’s a 99.9% probability that Congress will pass a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government running past the Oct. 1 deadline. How they reach their goal is the billion dollar question. Any optimism the Senate...
WHERE WE STAND House and Senate conference negotiations on the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill are underway. Lawmakers on committees that share jurisdiction on some provisions offered their views in a closed-door meeting with the leaders of...
DEFENSE REFORM TOPIC AT HOUSE HEARING AUSA’s president told lawmakers this week that while he agrees the Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act of 1986 should be tweaked, lawmakers should also proceed with caution. Goldwater–...
HEALTHCARE, PAY AMONG TOPICS TO BE ADDRESSED IN NDAA CONFERENCE Now that both the House and Senate have passed their fiscal 2017 defense policy bills, the next step is to reconcile the differences between the two versions. However, there is...
Senate: No boost to defense budget An amendment to the Senate’s defense policy bill that would have authorized additional funds to pay for extra personnel and equipment and a larger pay raise was shot down by Democratic lawmakers after Republicans...
White House Issues Veto Threat of Defense Policy Bill Despite a veto threat from the Obama Administration, the Senate started their debate on the fiscal 2017 defense policy bill this week. In its Statement of Administration Policy, the White House...
weekly electronic newsletter, and is published every Thursday when Congress is in session. ★★★ CONGRESS HEADED FOR THE DOOR Although much progress has been made on defense-related legislation, it will come to a halt as Congress heads into the...
weekly electronic newsletter, and is published every Thursday when Congress is in session. ★★★ MILITARY HEALTH CARE REFORM DETAILS RELEASED BY SENATE Now that the Senate Armed Services Committee has approved its version of the defense authorization...
Military Health Care Reform Details Released by Senate Now that the Senate Armed Services Committee has approved its version of the defense authorization bill for fiscal 2017, we have a clearer picture of what direction they are taking with respect...
weekly electronic newsletter, and is published every Thursday when Congress is in session. ★★★ DEFENSE SPENDING BILL DETAILS RELEASED Details of the draft House defense spending bill for fiscal 2017 were released this week by the Defense...