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This week in Congress: Service officials face the budget hot seat

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The military service officials will detail their priorities for fiscal 2022 in a series of budget hearings this week as lawmakers inch closer to unveiling their defense spending proposals later this summer. Army officials will start off a week of busy budget discussions on Capitol Hill with a Tuesday morning appearance before the Senate Armed […]

This week in Congress: Summer budget homework for lawmakers

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Congress resumes its budget work Monday after a week off for the Memorial Day holiday, and faces a blitz of hearings in coming weeks on the administration’s fiscal 2022 spending plans. Defense and Veterans Affairs leaders are scheduled to make frequent appearances before congressional committees over the next month, as lawmakers aim for a mid-summer […]

If Congress can find the money, the US Navy would like another new destroyer this year

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy is most interested in buying a second destroyer in fiscal 2022 if it were given money beyond what’s in the White House-approved budget, the service wrote in its annual Unfunded Priorities List. The Navy’s budget request, released May 28, included eight ships – four warships and four support ships, including […]

This week in Congress: Biden’s budget due out at last

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The White House’s detailed budget plan for fiscal 2022 is due on this Friday, but top Defense and State Department officials will testify on Capitol Hill this week ahead of the release about what it means for national security. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley are scheduled to speak […]

This week in Congress: Biden’s budget due out at last

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The White House’s detailed budget plan for fiscal 2022 is due on this Friday, but top Defense and State Department officials will testify on Capitol Hill this week ahead of the release about what it means for national security. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley are scheduled to speak […]

This week in Congress: More questions about the Afghanistan drawdown

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Congress’ review of the military withdrawal from Afghanistan continues this week with a series of hearings on the topic featuring Defense and State Department officials. On Thursday, David Helvey, acting assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the troop drawdown. Last week, he spoke to […]

This week in Congress: More questions about the Afghanistan drawdown

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Congress’ review of the military withdrawal from Afghanistan continues this week with a series of hearings on the topic featuring Defense and State Department officials. On Thursday, David Helvey, acting assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the troop drawdown. Last week, he spoke to […]

This week in Congress: Lawmakers eye mid-summer for big budget decisions

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House appropriators are planning to mark-up their federal budget bills for fiscal 2022 in June, giving lawmakers a few weeks to review their plans and hopes for Defense Department and Veterans Affairs spending next year. On Thursday, during an online event sponsored by the Brookings Institution, House Appropriations Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., said she expects […]

This week in Congress: Military leaders storm the internet

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Military commanders will take center stage in a series of House hearings this week, but only in cyberspace. With the Senate on legislative break, House lawmakers have scheduled a robust series of online hearings, including public testimony from leaders of all five services. Leaders of the National Guard and service reserves will also testify on […]

This week in Congress: Biden’s first address to lawmakers

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President Joe Biden will deliver a joint address to Congress on Wednesday night, with the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan among the possible topics to expect in the nationally-televised speech. Earlier this month, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the speech (which is technically not a State of the Union address) will cover “building the […]