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TWO-YEAR BUDGET DEAL: Voting 64 for and 36 against, the Senate on Dec. 18 gave final congressional approval to a two-year, bipartisan spending and revenue plan that will enable Congress to operate in a stable budget environment through September 2015. The measure (HJ Res 59) softens the impact of the blind cuts known as sequestration on defense readiness and critical domestic programs; raises a variety of taxes and fees by $7 billion over 10 years; reduces deficit spending by $23 billion over 10 years and slightly raises discretionary spending to $1.012 trillion in fiscal 2014 and $1.014 trillion in fiscal 2015. Additionally, the bill would save $6 billion over 10 years by trimming cost-of-living increases in the pensions of military retirees who are younger than 62.

Among its revenue provisions, the bill would increase airline ticket fees; raise pension contributions by newly hired federal employees; trim certain payments to Medicare providers; increase fees paid by corporations to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. and require states to pay a larger share of the cost of managing mineral leases on federal land.

A yes vote was to send the bill to President Obama for his expected signature.


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2014 MILITARY BUDGET: Voting 84 for and 15 against, the Senate on Dec. 19 gave final congressional approval to a bill (HR 3304) to authorize a $625.1 billion military budget for fiscal 2014, including $80.7 billion for actions in war zones; up to $60 billion for active-duty and retirement health care; $17.8 billion for nuclear-weapons programs run by the Department of Energy; $10 billion for the U.S. Special Operations Command and $9.3 billion for space- and land-based missile defenses. The bill funds a 1 percent military pay raise, bars higher copayments or enrollment fees in the military health-care system and sets active-duty end-strengths of 520,000 for the Army, 327,600 for the Air Force, 323,600 for the Navy and 190,200 for the Marine Corps.

The bill keeps the handling of sexual assault cases within the chain of command where they occur, but ends commanders’ authority to dismiss the findings of a court martial. The bill establishes a special counsel to help survivors of sexual assaults navigate the military legal system and makes it a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice to retaliate against those who report sexual assaults.

A yes vote was to send the bill to President Obama for his expected signature.


JEH JOHNSON CONFIRMATION: Voting 78 for and 16 against, the Senate on Dec. 16 confirmed Jeh Johnson, 56, as the fourth director of the Department of Homeland Security in its 11-year history. Johnson, who comes to the post from private law practice, was general counsel to the Department of Defense in the first Obama administration.

A yes vote was to confirm Johnson.


CORNELIA PILLARD CONFIRMATION: Voting 51 for and 44 against, the Senate on Dec. 12 confirmed Cornelia T. L. Pillard, 52, to sit on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. A Georgetown University law professor, Pillard held high Justice Department positions in the administrations of presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

A yes vote was to confirm Pillard.