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There is no official list of military construction projects that will be put on hold to build a southern border wall, as demanded in President Trump’s national emergency, according to Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, who is also running the Office of Management and Budget. President Trump vetoed a resolution Friday thatREAD MORE
Lawmakers are still trying to work out a compromise to raise spending caps that could hamper the appropriations process but have a back-up plan, CQ reported. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) confirmed that appropriators may base the fiscal year 2020 budget on current spending levels. “We might not have any choice,” Shelby said,READ MORE
The Pentagon has been pushing the White House and Congress to ease clean water standards, according to the Military Times, citing a New York Times report. DOD faces costs of more than $2 billion to clean up PFAS-contaminated water on or around 126 installations. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) said DOD wants to raise the amountREAD MORE
The top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee blasted Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan late Thursday night for failing to produce a list of military construction projects that will be impacted by prioritizing a southern border wall. “I would like that list today, Mr. Secretary,” Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) had said during a hearingREAD MORE
Twelve Republican senators broke with President Trump Thursday to disapprove of the national emergency declaration that would let him divert unobligated but appropriated military construction funding and other money to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The House-passed resolution cleared the Senate 59-41. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said he supports Trump on border securityREAD MORE
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday that he expects a response soon from the Department of Homeland Security about how DHS would use military construction funds diverted from other projects to build a southern border wall, according to Military.com. In questioning, Shanahan said he agreed with Northern Command CommanderREAD MORE
The Pentagon comptroller has launched a website with all the materials it has released about the fiscal 2020 budget request. House Armed Services Committee Republicans released a policy paper supporting the growth in the budget. The committee’s chairman continued to push back against the President’s wall funding request and padding the overseas contingency operations (OCO)READ MORE
Ivy Owen has left his position as executive director of the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority in Arkansas. Since 2007, under Owen’s leadership, more than 2,600 new jobs were created, the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education was established at Fort Chaffee, 17 headquarters have moved into the area, and 29 residential neighborhoods opened, according to localREAD MORE