Congress is coming in better late than never to try to fund the Defense Department for 2017.
Congress wants more from the Trump’s defense budget after hearing about military expansion for months.
An extension and then redesign of the Veterans Choice Program, along with new employee accountability legislation, are top priorities for new Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. He said he’s working with Congress on new legislation to support those initiatives.
2017 may finally offer a peek of sunlight for another base realignment and closure cycle. Congressional resistance to BRAC is faltering, said Chris Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, and that may bring some fiscal savings to DoD.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly forged ahead with tough new immigration policies, outlined in a pair of memos. Although President Trump hadn’t yet released his revised executive order on immigration and securing the border with Mexico, Kelly widened the number of people potentially subject to detention and deportation. He reiterated the plan to hire another 5,000 Customs and Border Patrol agents.
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is pushing for funds left behind last year and for new reforms in the year to come.
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), President Donald Trump’s pick to run the Office of Management and Budget, heads to a full Senate vote after getting the green light from two committees Thursday.
The House Armed Services Committee’s top Democrat said Thursday that he plans to reintroduce legislation that would allow the Defense Department to conduct a new round of base realignments and closures (BRAC).
Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) warns the Trump administration not to repeal the law against banned interrogation techniques.
U.S. Cyber Command is moving forward on new powers granted by Congress to directly spend up to $75 million on cyber capabilities, equipment and services.