30 Nov '17, 6pm

Lawmaker signals no deal in place to fund defense bill, sounds alarm on government shutdown:

Lawmaker signals no deal in place to fund defense bill, sounds alarm on government shutdown:

WASHINGTON — The ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday said members are “nowhere” on a deal to fund a massive $700 billion defense bill. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., said members have yet to strike a deal to appropriate funds that would move forward the 2018 defense budget since it surpasses statutory budget caps. Two weeks ago, Congress sent the defense bill, also known as the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, to President Donald Trump’s desk for him to sign. But since it surpasses caps by about $80 billion, it will need a special legislative fix to approve the additional funding. “It’s nowhere,” Smith said during a morning breakfast meeting with journalists about negotiations to surpass the caps. “People are talking and mumbling and everything, but the decision makers are not having a conversation. And as far as I can tell, there has ...

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