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Bid to reduce funding for base closing initiative fails in House

May 27, 2005 House Speaker Hastert cast the deciding vote to defeat an amendment to the fiscal 2006 Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill Thursday, by a surprisingly close 214-213 margin. The amendment would have trimmed $169 million from funding to implement the latest base realignment and closure recommendations to...

Senators seek probe of base closing timetable

May 27, 2005 The chairwoman and ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent a letter this week alerting GAO to what they consider a failure by the Defense Department to provide timely information on its base-closing recommendations. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairwoman Collins of Maine and ranking...

House nixes bid to delay BRAC round

May 26, 2005 An attempt to delay the latest round of proposed defense base closings and realignments was defeated by the House on a 317-111 vote Wednesday, before it passed its proposed fiscal 2006 defense authorization measure on a 390-39 vote. During a day of amendments, the House also approved a last-minute compromise...

Armed Services panel chief retreats on proposal to limit women in combat

May 25, 2005 After hours of negotiations, House Armed Services Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., decided Wednesday to strip language in the fiscal 2006 defense authorization bill to require Congress to green-light changes to the role of women in combat. Weaker language, agreed to at 11 p.m. Tuesday, came after discussions with opponents of...

Chairman removes health care provision from defense measure

May 23, 2005 House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., has employed a rarely used authority to strike a provision in the committee-passed $441.6 billion defense authorization bill that would have opened the military's Tricare health care system to all National Guard members and reservists. The provision, one of only a handful...

House appropriators eye future combat system for cuts

May 20, 2005 House appropriators are poised to join authorizers in slashing $400 million from the Future Combat Systems budget, setting up what congressional sources predict will be a fight with the Senate over the future of the Army's most ambitious and pricey procurement program. When they meet Tuesday to mark up the...

House Armed Services panel OKs $441.6 authorization bill

May 19, 2005 The House Armed Services Committee approved a $441.6 billion fiscal 2006 defense authorization bill by a 61-1 vote during a marathon session Wednesday. The bill, which could go to the House floor as early as next week, includes an additional $49.1 billion in supplemental spending to fund operations in Iraq...

House members fail in effort to derail base-closing commission

May 19, 2005 Several House Armed Services Committee members Wednesday attempted to use the markup of the fiscal 2006 defense authorization bill to halt the work of the Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission, to no avail. The committee defeated an amendment offered by Rep. Jeb Bradley, R-N.H., to terminate the process. Bradley...

House panel votes to boost spending for new Navy carrier

May 18, 2005 The House Armed Services Committee agreed Wednesday to increase spending on the Navy's CVN-21 next-generation aircraft carrier by $86.7 million for advanced procurement items as it began marking up its fiscal 2006 defense authorization bill. Before Congress makes the money available, the Defense Department must certify that the additional funding...

BRAC panel questions proposed closure of submarine base

May 18, 2005 Members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission pressed Navy leaders Tuesday on their decision to shutter the Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., the largest single base-closure recommendation on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's list. Commissioners quizzed officials on what alternatives they considered when weighing whether to close...

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