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Sen. Thad Cochran Proposes $650.7B Defense Spending Package

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R- Mississippi) has proposed a defense policy bill that would allocate $581.3 billion in base budget, $64.9 billion in overseas contingency operations funds and $4.5 billion in emergency missile defense funds for fiscal year 2018, Defense News reported Tuesday. Cochran on Tuesday introduced the draft …

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House OKs $692B Reconciled FY 2018 Defense Policy Bill

The House voted 356-70 Tuesday to pass a conferenced version of a defense spending bill that would allocate $626.4 billion in base budget and $65.7 billion in overseas contingency operations funds for fiscal year 2018, The Hill reported Tuesday. The compromise FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act would authorize a 2.4 percent pay increase …

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Report: Reconciled FY 2018 Defense Policy Bill Contains ‘Amazon Amendment’

The fiscal 2018 defense spending bill introduced by a joint House-Senate conference committee includes an amendment that would potentially shift approximately $53 billion in annual purchases of commercial products by the Defense Department to e-commerce portals, Nextgov reported Monday. The Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act, also known as the Amazon amendment, in …

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$500M Provision to Modernize Federal IT Included in Negotiated Defense Authorization Bill

Lawmakers have incorporated a provision that would fund federal agencies’ efforts to update information technology systems as part of the final version of the proposed defense authorization plan for fiscal year 2018, The Hill reported Thursday. A Senate Armed Services Committee spokesperson confirmed to the publication that the Modernizing Government …

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Report: House, Senate to Address F-35 Procurements, Missile Defense in Fiscal 2018 NDAA Reconciliation

House and Senate Armed Services panels are expected to address F-35 aircraft procurements, missile defense and size of the U.S. Army as they begin to reconcile this month their versions of the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, the Washington Examiner reported Monday. Both chambers’ NDAA versions reflect a $30 billion …

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Senate Approves $700B Defense Budget for Fiscal 2018

The Senate on Monday approved through an 89-8 vote a bill that would authorize $700 billion in defense spending for fiscal year 2018, Defense News reported Monday. The FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act would allocate $640 billion for the Defense Department’s base budget and $60 billion in war funds. The …

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House OKs $1.2T Fiscal 2018 Spending Package

The House voted 211-198 Thursday to pass a potential $1.2 trillion spending package to fund government operations for fiscal year 2018, The Hill reported Thursday. The appropriations package contains four bills the House approved in July and eight new spending measures and its approval came a week after Congress passed …

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