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House OKs $578B Defense Spending Bill for Fiscal 2017

The House voted 371-48 Wednesday to pass an appropriations bill that would provide the Defense Department with $577.9 billion in fiscal 2017 funds. The FY 2017 Defense Appropriations bill includes a $516.1 billion base budget and another $61.8 billion in overseas contingency operations funds, the House Appropriations Committee said in a news …

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White House Releases Second Quadrennial Report on US Electricity System

The Obama administration has published the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review that offers 76 recommendations to modernize and transform U.S. electricity infrastructure. The Energy Department said Friday the QER 1.2 report titled “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System” analyzes electricity generation, transmission, distribution and consumer end uses. The report calls for the federal government to …

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White House Announces Climate Resilience Initiatives of VA, USDA, DOE, HUD

The White House has unveiled new initiatives of the departments of Agriculture, Energy, Veteran Affairs, and Housing and Urban Development that aim to support climate resilience and water and energy efficiency. Christine Harada of the Council on Environmental Quality and Ali Zaidi from the Office of Management and Budget wrote in a blog post published …

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White House Forms Public-Private Partnership for Climate Preparedness

The White House has established a public-private partnership comprising federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and private businesses to provide information and tools in support of domestic and international climate preparedness efforts. The Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness seeks to identify priority-information needs, expand access to data and develop an open-source platform for climate data sharing, the White …

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Reuters: Obama Administration Offered $115B Military Equipment, Training to Saudi

The U.S. government has offered approximately $115 billion in weapons, military equipment and training to Saudi Arabia since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, Reuters reported Wednesday. Yara Bayoumy writes a report by William Hartung of the Center for International Policy stated that 42 separate deals contained the offers which include small arms and ammunition, …

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NASA, Partners Launch Airspace Tech Demonstration Lab; Charles Bolden Comments

NASA and its partners have opened a new airspace technology demonstration laboratory at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in an effort to help centralize the arrival and departure of aircraft. The laboratory is part of the federal government’s NextGen initiative and built to help coordinate schedules between the ramp, tower, terminal and center control facilities …

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Reports: White House Opposes House Committee’s Contingency Funding Strategy for Defense

The White House has threatened to veto the House Armed Services Committee’s fiscal 2017 defense policy bill for using overseas contingency operations fund to supplement the Defense Department‘s base budget, The Hill newspaper reported Monday. Kristina Wong writes an HASC-approved 2017 National Defense Authorization Act seeks to use approximately $18 billion from the OCO account to finance the department’s …

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