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Last Minute Agreement Provides Some Stability, Relief for Defense Budget in Short Term

Posted in Budget, Congress, National Security & Defense

By Jay Heath Despite the public protests of many fiscally conservative Members, the Senate passed House Joint Resolution 59 by a wide 64-36 margin on December 18th. House Joint Resolution 59 is the so-called “budget deal,” the product of weeks of closed-door negotiations between Senator Patty Murray (D, WA) and Representative Paul Ryan (R, WI-01)… Continue Reading

Senate Committee Hearing Highlights Uncertainty Surrounding Fiscal Year 2014 Defense Budget

Posted in Congress, National Security & Defense

By Jay Heath The four military service chiefs presented a gloomy picture of the projected effects of sequestration and a continuing resolution on their respective branches to Senators at an Armed Services Committee hearing on November 7th. While the House of Representatives  has already passed both a defense appropriations bill and a defense authorization bill… Continue Reading

2012 Congressional Lame Duck Session: Webinar Summary and Recording

Posted in 2012 Elections, Appropriations, Budget, Congress, Legislation (Federal), National Security & Defense, Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley A momentous session of Congress looms ahead… We are carefully watching developments in advance of the elections to gauge likely directions once voters have spoken. There won’t be much time—or open deliberation—once the Lame Duck begins. Most decisions, if there are any, will come as a result of closed door meetings between Congressional leaders… Continue Reading

2012 Congressional Lame Duck Session: Webinar Notice

Posted in 2012 Elections, Budget, Congress, Legislation (Federal), National Security & Defense, Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley With the 2012 Congressional lame duck session fast approaching, there are a number of important issues for which public and private sector actors should be prepared. To help look more deeply into these topics, including a budget overview, sequestration, defense authorization legislation, taxes, and the implications of the Presidential and Senate elections, we… Continue Reading

Talking to the Taliban

Posted in 2012 Elections, National Security & Defense

By Paul McHale Although President Obama made only brief reference to Afghanistan during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, it now looks like the issue of “talking to the Taliban” will be a major fault line in the 2012 Presidential election. The Obama Administration has been pushing hard to ignite serious negotiations with the… Continue Reading