Congress, having gutted out the biggest stimulus bill ever, is busier than ever.
Maryland is among the states with the highest concentration of federal employees, agencies and contractors, making drafting of the emergency stimulus bill signed last Friday by President Donald Trump especially important.
Defense leaders were on Capitol Hill to defend their 2021 budget proposal on Wednesday, but were peppered with criticism about the administration’s decision to move 2020 funds to build the president’s border wall without lawmakers’ consent.
As Congress returns to business this week, a little bloodied and dazed by political developments of last month, it’s got a 2021 budget to contemplate.
With the expectation of flat budgets over the next several years, each of the military services believes they’ll need to divest themselves of at least some programs to fund their modernization plans. That’s challenging, however, when old systems have Congressional constituencies and new ones don’t.
In today’s Federal Newscast, after a delay, the White House publishes a memo allowing the defense secretary to to exclude civilian employees from current collective bargaining law.
The General Services Administration will also assume management over the Office of Personnel Management’s office space in Washington later this fall.
The president’s 2021 budget request includes some $20 billion in agency program reductions and $28 billion in program eliminations. Here are several highlights from the president’s most recent proposal.
Citing the budget caps agreed to last year, Congressional Democrats say they’ll ignore President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts for civilian agencies next year.
In the politically-twisted world of government budgeting, it can be hard to tell what everyone is up to.