06 Jul Political Report: 7/5/16
Post July 4th Focus on Gun Policy, Defense Spending, and Financial Services Programs
U.S. lawmakers return mid-week from the July 4 break to discuss gun policy, defense spending, and financial services programs. In the House, Republicans are pushing an anti-terrorism package which would prevent terrorist suspects from buying guns. The details of this have yet to be laid out and it may not be enough to appease the Democrats, who staged a 25-hour-sit-in last week to bring attention to gun control legislation.
In addition, Democrats’ protest prior to the holiday prevented plans to take up the FY17 Financial Services and General Government spending bill (H.R. 5485). The House now plans to consider this next week.
In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has set up cloture votes next week on motions to continue to the defense appropriations bill and two bills that seek to tighten immigration enforcement laws. One measure (S. 2193) would increase penalties for illegal U.S. re-entrants, and the other (S. 3100) would require “sanctuary cities” to cooperate with federal officials seeking to remove undocumented immigrants suspected of crimes or terrorism.
A possible amendment to the defense spending bill (S. 3000) by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that would increase the Pentagon’s budget by $18 billion faces resistance from the Democrats. This measure would boost high-profile weapon buys by finding savings elsewhere in the DoD budget.
Congressional Defense Activity
- SASC – No hearing scheduled
- 6/6 Aviation Readiness, 2118 Rayburn, 10am
- 6/7 South China Sea Maritime Disputes, 2118 Rayburn, 330pm
- HAC-D – No hearing scheduled
- SAC-D – No hearing scheduled
Government Activity Round-Up
An interesting new GAO report on how improved data is needed to better identify streamlining and cost savings opportunities in the DoD can be found here. Another GOA study on geographic combatant commands and their mission management can be found here.
Other DC/Defense Activity
The Stimson Center will host a discussion at 1pm on Wednesday, July 6th titled “Drone Data And Transparency: Putting New Drone Casualty Data Into Perspective”. On Thursday, the Heritage Foundation will be holding an event with the Honorable Mac Thornberry (R-Tx) and Jay Carafano – Ph.D. titled “Rebuilding the U.S. Military Starts with FY17 NDAA”. On Friday, New America will host “The Future of the Army: A Conversation with the Under Secretary of the Army”.
Last week, Avascent hosted a webinar on the Farnborough Airshow looking at Defense & Commercial trends. Click here to view the presentation. Two weeks ago, Megan Vaughan-Albert released a new white paper “Unlocking Potential: Harnessing Analytics Tools for Federal Health Data”. Last month, Doug Berenson & Daniel Yoon have put together a comprehensive look at the ‘Dynamics of International Military Modernization 2016’ that is available for download here.