Tag: defense spending

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Randy Forbes calls for renewed push to avert defense sequestration

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) announced today a renewed push to pass H.R. 733 and remove the Department of Defense from sequestration cuts.


Warner, Kaine tout Virginia defense dollars

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine today applauded passage by the Senate Appropriations Committee of the $549.3 billion defense spending bill for fiscal year 2015, which includes funding for top defense priorities for Virginia.


Warner, Kaine applaud funding for USS George Washington

Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine released the following statement applauding the full funding for the refueling and overhaul of the USS George Washington.

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Tim Kaine tours defense installations, meets with military families in Hampton Roads

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, toured military bases in Hampton and Virginia Beach today where he discussed the importance of budget certainty for the defense community. In the afternoon, Kaine met with military families in Norfolk to discuss steps to increase support for servicemembers and their families as well as ease the transition from active duty to civilian life and employment.

John Adams: Adjusting Pentagon spending priorities will strengthen U.S. national security

With revenue largely off the table for future negotiating, we need to resolve our budget woes by putting the breaks on runaway government spending in a balanced, strategic way. Given that the Pentagon budget makes up more than half of all discretionary spending, smart savings there should be a key part of the solution to the current budget battle.

Nan Grogan Orrock: Reshaping Pentagon spending

With the campaigns over, our leaders must roll up their sleeves and get to work on the serious financial decisions facing the nation. Congress has known for more than a year that automatic budget cuts and tax increases loom in January, but they’ve left all the work to be done at the last minute. They need to hear from us that we expect them to make a balanced deal to preserve programs that strengthen our nation while making sensible budget cuts to programs that are wasteful or unnecessary.


Nan Grogan Orrock: The budget and Pentagon spending

Budget decisions in Washington come home to roost right here close to home. And the impact can be devastating.

Susan Shaer: The Pentagon budget

As budget chair for the House of Representatives, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is “The Man.” President Obama presented his budget, and Ryan has announced his. Dueling budgets. Under the Ryan budget, even if you’re part of the infamous 1%, your local services will be cut. That road expansion to bring in more trucks for new […]

Susan Shaer: Inside the Pentagon’s Rockwell family holiday

My images of Thanksgiving and the holiday season are like a Norman Rockwell tableau: happy, smiling faces giving thanks and taking time to list the big things: health, family, security. During the holidays I feel especially thankful and proud to live in a country where few have to walk miles to get water, or pray […]

Chris Graham: Down the middle

President Obama on Wednesday released a down-the-middle plan for dealing with the federal government’s deepening budget crisis. I meant the term down the middle to mean one thing – that it features some elements that appeal to the left and some that appeal to the right. But I full recognize that it can mean something […]

Chris Graham: The forest for the trees

Mark Warner, once again, I’m right there with you, dude. “This problem cannot be solved simply by focusing on cuts to non-defense discretionary spending, which is only 12 percent of the budget. Increased revenues and economic growth by themselves will not get us there, either. That’s why we must have a grown-up discussion about spending […]