eGov/Mil Newsletter: March 23, 2018

March 23, 2018

In this Issue:

  • Congress passes $1.3 trillion spending bill to keep government open
  • Continuing Resolutions, Budget Uncertainty Harm Readiness, Service Secretaries Say
  • U.S. TRANSCOM Personal Property updates
  • House Bill Would Allow Interstate Trucking for 18-to-21-Year-Olds

Congress passes $1.3 trillion spending bill to keep government open

Late Thursday, Congress voted to pass a $1.3 trillion spending bill that would keep the government running. Although President Trump entertained thoughts of a veto, which would have sent the government into a shutdown, he signed the bill Friday afternoon. The bill includes $700 billion for military and $591 billion for domestic programs and would fund the government through the 2018 budget year, which ends Sept. 30.

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Continuing Resolutions, Budget Uncertainty Harm Readiness, Service Secretaries Say

Service secretaries addressed the challenges of providing taxpayers more defense value for their money, and getting innovation into warfighters’ hands faster during a House Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday on the Defense Department’s proposed fiscal year 2019 budget. According to defense officials, China and Russia are taking a more aggressive role on the world’s stage and the U.S. must maintain its military edge.

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U.S. TRANSCOM Personal Property updates

House Bill Would Allow Interstate Trucking for 18-to-21-Year-Olds

A new bill that would open interstate trucking opportunities to people between the ages of 18 and 21 was introduced in the House of Representatives March 21.

The Developing Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy, or DRIVE-Safe Act, proposes a two-step program for prospective young drivers to complete once they obtain a commercial driver license. The legislation would require these drivers to log 400 hours of on-duty time and 240 hours of driving time with an experienced driver in the cab after earning a CDL.

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