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Legislative Update Archive

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May 10, 2017
With no time to spare before a partial government shutdown, Congress passed a $1.07 trillion fiscal 2017 omnibus spending bill. On May 5, seven months overdue, President Trump signed the measure into law. The bill, which funds the government through...
US Capitol Building
January 25, 2017
Legislative Update - January 25, 2017 The 1 st Session of the 115 th Congress is not even a month old and already the Department of Defense budget is a hot topic. Just days after Congress convened, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John...
capitol hill at sunset
January 18, 2017
Legislative Update - January 18, 2017 The Senate Armed Services Committee has an ambitious plan for rebuilding the U.S. Army and U.S. military, calling for a $430 billion five-year increase in defense spending. Called Restoring American Power , the...
December 23, 2016
The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama. The bill brings an end to the Army’s troop drawdown and provides soldiers with the first pay raise in five years that matches the average private...
US Capitol Building
December 19, 2016
The U.S. Army will be well-represented in Congress in January when the new legislative session convenes. More than half of the veterans serving in the House of Representatives and one-third of the veterans in the Senate served in the Army, a new...
US Capitol Building
December 7, 2016
ARMY HELICOPTER PROCUREMENT PROGRAMS MERIT SPECIAL ATTENTION IN STOPGAP MEASURE Congressional leaders released the details of a continuing resolution (CR) that replaces the one expiring on Dec. 9. The new CR will maintain government funding at its...
US Capitol Building
December 1, 2016
DEAL REACHED ON 2017 NDAA A halt to the drawdown of Soldiers was only one of the items AUSA cheered as the details of a negotiated annual defense policy bill were released. The topline for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017 is...
November 17, 2016
TRUMP ASKS FOR EXTENDED CR Unless you live on another planet, you know how the race for the White House turned out. Now the question is how the result will affect the waning days of the 114 th Congress. President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team...
Capitol Hill
September 8, 2016
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...
Association of the United States Army Logo - Eagle with Shield, Torch, Olive Branch
July 14, 2016
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...