Nagging questions remain in Congress on whether it really did anything useful to prevent another 2008-like financial meltdown. Now an unlikely pair of lawmakers — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — think it’s time to have the government re-regulate banking in a way the Dodd-Frank bill did not. Roll Call Senior Editor David Hawkings tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin they’re thinking back to Glass-Steagall.
Senators grilled President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Air Force on Thursday over $450,000 in alleged improper payments her private consulting firm collected from Energy Department laboratories, but their questions and Heather Wilson’s answers did little to shed little additional light on the matter.
DoD’s $52 billion budget boost is not carte blanche; it’s going to have to prove that it’s spending that money wisely, not frittering it away on superficialities.
A year-long task force wants the Defense Department to change childcare, TRICARE and the “up or out” system.
Trump’s 2017 supplemental budget goes over the legal budget caps.
House Armed Services Committee aides say they want to keep a close eye on the personnel reforms put in place by the 2017 NDAA.
In today’s Top Federal Headlines, a member of Congress introduces a bill to strengthen oversight of employee misconduct at the Transportation Security Administration.
A cadre of 33 Republicans appealed to the House Budget Committee to up the 2018 defense budget to $640 billion.
If the 114th Congress was about dissecting the Veterans Affairs Department’s challenges, then the 115th Congress will act quickly to solve them, leadership on the House Veterans Affairs Committee said.
Congress is coming in better late than never to try to fund the Defense Department for 2017.
Congress wants more from the Trump’s defense budget after hearing about military expansion for months.
An extension and then redesign of the Veterans Choice Program, along with new employee accountability legislation, are top priorities for new Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. He said he’s working with Congress on new legislation to support those initiatives.
2017 may finally offer a peek of sunlight for another base realignment and closure cycle. Congressional resistance to BRAC is faltering, said Chris Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, and that may bring some fiscal savings to DoD.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly forged ahead with tough new immigration policies, outlined in a pair of memos. Although President Trump hadn’t yet released his revised executive order on immigration and securing the border with Mexico, Kelly widened the number of people potentially subject to detention and deportation. He reiterated the plan to hire another 5,000 Customs and Border Patrol agents.
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is pushing for funds left behind last year and for new reforms in the year to come.