Appropriators Move Ahead Without a Budget
By Matt Vallone, Senior Analysis Manager
Both the House of Representatives and the Senate are back in action this week, but neither chamber appears to have any clear path forward on a budget resolution. Instead, appropriators appear to be moving forward with individual bills marked-up to the level of last year’s Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA). Both House and Senate appropriators have a busy slate of markups this week, looking to move on the Military Construction-VA and Energy-Water bills. Whether they make it to the floor and through both chambers without a budget agreement is an open question. In the House, this would likely require adoption of a rule waiving requirements for a budget. The case for a CR in September remains very strong.
On the floor in the Senate this week will be continued discussion of an FAA reauthorization as well as what may prove to be the final judicial nominee of the Obama administration. In the House, three different rule bills will be considered – all of which attempt to limit or block various regulations.
Congressional Defense Activity
SASC – 4/12 Strategy and Implementation of the Department of Defense’s Technology Offsets Initiative, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, 230pm, 222 Russell
4/13 Marine Corps Ground Modernization, Subcommittee on Seapower, 2pm, 232A Russell
4/13 Ballistic Missile Defense Policies and Programs, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, 230pm, 222 Russell
HASC – 4/13 Building the Navy of the Future: A Look at Navy Force Structure, Subcommittee on Seapower & Projection Forces, 330pm, Rayburn 2118
4/14 The Missile Defeat Posture and Strategy of the United States – the FY2017 President’s Budget Request, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, 2pm, 2118 Rayburn
4/15 Evaluating DoD Investments: Case Studies in Afghanistan Initiatives and U.S. Weapons Sustainment, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, 2212 Rayburn
HAC-D –4/14 CLOSED: Oversight Hearing – United States Pacific Command, 10am, H-140
SAC-D – 4/13 Hearing to review the FY 2017 budget request and funding justification for the Missile Defense Agency, 1030am, Dirksen 192
Government Activity Round-up
No big changes this week, so we’ll re-up links to major info dumps from late March. GAO released ‘Assessment of Selected Weapon Programs’. GAO assesses the status of major defense acquisitions. If nothing else the summary is worth reading as, overall, the total cost of programs decreased but the total projected timeline for completion increased. Plenty of interesting details available in the full, 209-page report here. Last week they also released an assessment of the KC-46 program, which can be found here.
Over at the CBO, they have collaborated with the Joint Committee on Taxation to produce an estimate of the President’s budget. Overall conclusions aren’t particularly different in that deficits decline the next couple of years and then resume rising, though at a slower pace than in current law. Full report is here.
This weekend, SpaceX managed to re-land a rocket on a landing pad at sea which both signals major changes underway in the space industry and is just really cool to watch. Two other interesting events this week. On Thursday morning the Heritage Foundation is looking at ‘Syria and The South Caucasus: Emerging Threats To Turkish And NATO Security’. On Friday the Center for a New American Security will hold an even ton ‘U.S. Sanctions and National Security’.