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  • House Passes Stopgap Government Spending Measure; Senate to Vote Next Week

    House Passes Stopgap Government Spending Measure; Senate to Vote Next Week

    The Democrat-led House passed a stopgap continuing resolution (CR) Thursday afternoon that would continue government funding until Nov. 21 and avoid a looming partial government shutdown on Oct. 1, CQ reported. The measure passed 301-123 with just three Democrats voting against and 76 Republicans supporting the measure, according to the report. A Senate vote on the

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  • Fiscal 2020 NDAA Conference Committee Begins Reconciliation Negotiations

    Fiscal 2020 NDAA Conference Committee Begins Reconciliation Negotiations

    Conference committee lawmakers met Thursday for the first time to officially begin reconciliation negotiations on the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), The Hill reported. The meeting brought together dozens of conferees, the lawmakers appointed by congressional leadership to hash out the differences between the House and Senate-passed defense bills. The leaders of the

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  • Pentagon PFAS Task Force Reveals Plan for Contamination Site Cleanup

    Pentagon PFAS Task Force Reveals Plan for Contamination Site Cleanup

    The Pentagon’s PFAS contamination task force ordered in July by Defense Secretary Mark Esper released operating principles Tuesday stipulating the panel will meet at least monthly, report progress to Esper, and face a January deadline to submit their final findings and recommendations, according to a Military Times report. The task force is assigned to address

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  • Proposed Space Force Change Could Increase FY 2020 Costs by Billions

    Proposed Space Force Change Could Increase FY 2020 Costs by Billions

    A key legal change the White House is seeking would establish the administration’s proposed Space Force as a separate military branch, but it could cost billions more than the Senate’s fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has included, Defense News reported Thursday. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.) is leaning toward the

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