DoD on the Hill

Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017


A bill introduced by Representatives Don Byer (D-VA) and Rob Wittman (R-VA) to provide for the compensation of Federal employees furloughed during a Government shutdown. In a press release posted on Don Beyers website, “Shutting down the federal government threatens the livelihood of federal workers who carry out the nation’s vital missions,” said Rep. Beyer. “It’s inexcusable to play politics with their pay and the well-being of their households.” "Federal employees should not suffer because Congress refuses to end its govern by crisis mentality," Rep. Wittman said.

Read the full press release HERE
View the proposed bill HERE.

Vice Chairman Makes Case for Congress to Pass Defense Budget

Monday, April 17th, 2017


In an article by Jim Garamone for the DoD News, Defense Media Activity, posted April 13, 2017, Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at an Air Force Association breakfast in Arlington, VA, about his desire for Congress’ approval of the proposed Defense Department budget. Read the full article

Defense experts press Congress for more reforms

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017


By: Joe Gould, April 4, 2017

According to an article published by, on April 4, 2017 "Defense experts press Congress for more reforms," by Joe Gould, former defense officials pushed lawmakers to keep passing reforms.  

Read the full article HERE

Military Warns Congress Against Punting on Spending

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017


According to an article published on's Defense Drumbeat, by Jeremy Herb, CNN, cuts, cancellations, shut downs, and unpaid bonuses are just some of the consequences the military services warn Congress about.

Read the Defense Drumbeat article from, Committee on Armed Services HERE

Read the full article by Jeremy Herb, CNN HERE

House Armed Services Committee Hearing: April 3-7

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017


House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) released the schedule featuring four events for the week of April 3-7.
Click HERE to read the full schedule. 

Click HERE to read Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee's opening remarks.
Click HERE to watch the video. 

Click HERE to read Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness' opening remarks. 

Click HERE to read Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations' opening remarks. 

Read the statements (PDF's) from witnesses: 

General David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, U.S. Air Force HERE
General Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army, U.S. Army HERE
General Robert B. Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps HERE
Admiral John M. Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy HERE


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