Negotiators Hope for Spending Deal this Weekend

December 5, 2019

House and Senate appropriators are trying to settle differences over the next few days in an attempt to pass all 12 annual appropriations bills by Dec. 20, when current government spending runs out.
“I’m more enthusiastic than I was a couple of days ago,” said the Senate Appropriations Committee’s top Democrat, Patrick Leahy (Vt.), according to CQ. “We want final negotiations to be done this weekend.”
The committee’s chair, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), said he was “more guarded, because we still have the big hurdles, and we haven’t concluded those,” he said, according to CQ. “And they will be the hardest.”
The largest issue is funding for a southern border wall.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said late Thursday that she doesn’t think anyone wants a government shutdown.
“We’re on a good path” to finish in time, she said at a CNN town hall. “If we’re not, we would just go to a continuing resolution until after Christmas, but I hope we don’t have to do that.”
DOD photo of Sen. Patrick Leahy, left, by Lisa Ferdinando

December 5, 2019

Recent News

Calif. Guard Leader Joins DIU Leadership

Calif. Guard Leader Joins DIU Leadership

California Air National Guard Commander Maj. Gen. Steven “Bucky” Butow has been appointed military deputy for DOD’s Defense Innovation Unit, according to Defense Scoop. Butow will lead a team of 75 service members along with civilians to “execute DIU’s strategic...

In Our Communities

In Our Communities

USAF Changes Plans to Release Land Parcel in Hawaii The Air Force says that it now plans to retain a 138-acre training site at Bellows Air Force Station in Waimanalo, Hawaii, reversing earlier plans to relinquish it, due to “changes in operational requirements,”...

White House Opposes 19.5% Pay Hike for Junior Troops

White House Opposes 19.5% Pay Hike for Junior Troops

The White House announced Tuesday that it opposes the 19.5% pay raise House lawmakers are considering for junior enlisted service members, saying it’s too expensive and is premature, given that the administration is reviewing military pay, as Military.com reported....

PAST STORIES