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The 6 issues that could cause a government shutdown
The Washington Post
Even if Congress beats the odds, and the government doesn't shut down come Oct. 1, Washington will probably still have undergone a lengthy, all-consuming debate about the issues that threaten to close its doors.
Which means if you follow Congress even a little bit — or just happen to walk by a political rally, turn on the news, or log onto social media — you're going to be hearing a lot about abortion, domestic and military spending, and highways.
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Official: Sequestration could bring Army to 'breaking point'
The U.S. Army could be forced to a "breaking point" if spending cuts return in full force, a top defense official is warning.
In an interview published Sept. 14 by Stars and Stripes, Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Brad Carson discussed how sequestration is affecting different parts of the military.
"If sequestration holds, it’s possible the Army could be forced down to 420,000 [active-duty soldiers]," said Carson, who previously served in Congress. "The Army's near breaking point if you go that low, I think."
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GOP Chairman Price opens door to budget deal with Democrats
CQ via ASME
Count House Budget Chairman Tom Price among those in the GOP who hope to reach a budget deal with Democrats — emphasizing that he’s open to negotiations on nondefense discretionary spending.
The Georgia Republican said in an interview with CQ that he "absolutely" would like to see a budget agreement that would raise the statutory cap on defense spending, providing more money for the Pentagon, and pay for it with cost-saving changes to mandatory spending programs. He said defense spending limits "are compromising our ability to protect our country."
Industry to Congress: Make a budget deal
With 15 days left in September for Congress to reach a budget agreement, five powerful military trade associations signed a letter urging congressional leadership to avoid a government shutdown or an extended continuing resolution "trap." The five organizations are calling for a bipartisan, multiyear deal, of the sort crafted in 2013 by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., which temporarily lifted spending caps for two years. The letter accused Congress of playing "the game of budget chicken," quoting recent remarks by Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
As Welsh enters last year, replacement race begins
When Gen. Mark Welsh gives his keynote address at this year's annual U.S. Air Force Association symposium outside of Washington, he will be making his final appearance at the show as the top uniformed official in the service.
Welsh, who took office in August 2012, is expected to retire next summer. So for those who watch the service closely, the horse race for his replacement is officially on.
James and Welsh: 'No doubt' enlisted airmen could be drone pilots
Air Force Times
The Air Force is still months away from deciding whether to allow enlisted airmen to be drone pilots. But its top two leaders say they have no doubt that enlisted are capable of doing the job.
"My personal opinion on it … we have just an absolutely fantastic enlisted force," Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said at a news conference at the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference Sept. 15.
AMVETS formally backs plan to overhaul VA health care
Officials from AMVETS are endorsing plans for a radical overhaul of the Veterans Affairs Department medical system, stating that "VA’s self-determined role as the gatekeeper of veterans’ health care choice must stop." The proposal, unveiled by a Concerned Veterans for America task force earlier this year, has drawn mostly public criticism and apathy from traditional veterans service organizations until now, in part for its suggestions to have VA hospitals compete for patient business with private health care providers.
While Paris train heroes are honored, Purple Hearts for Chattanooga, Tennessee, victims uncertain
Stars and Stripes
While Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone will be honored with a Purple Heart for injuries he sustained struggling with a Paris train shooter three weeks ago, the families of the five military members killed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in July still have no word on whether their fallen will be similarly honored. That’s because of the criteria used to determine eligibility has been changed in recent years.
GOP lawmaker urges McConnell to change Senate rules for Iran vote
House Republicans have an idea to circumvent Senate Democrats’ filibuster over the Iran deal: Use the nuclear option.
The so-called "nuclear option" would allow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to change Senate rules so that only a simple majority would be necessary to move a resolution rejecting the Iran deal forward.
Durbin: US should accept 100,000 Syrian refugees
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Sept. 14 that the United States should accept 100,000 Syrian refugees, far outpacing the number the administration said last week that it will accept. "What the administration has posed is modest: 10,000. Too modest," the No. 2 Senate Democrat said. "As far as I am concerned, I believe we should be prepared to accept 100,000 — 100,000 Syrian refugees."
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