Week ahead: Trump to detail $716B defense request

Week ahead: Trump to detail $716B defense request
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE is expected to unveil details of his fiscal 2019 defense budget proposal early in the coming week, even as lawmakers are still working through the fiscal 2018 appropriations budget.

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump officials slow-walk president's order to cut off Central American aid: report Overnight Defense — Presented by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Trump nominates Shanahan as Pentagon chief | House panel advances bill to block military funds for border wall | Trump defends Bolton despite differences Graham to support Defense pick he previously declared his 'adversary' MORE has confirmed the administration will request $716 billion in national security funding for fiscal 2019, to include the Pentagon and Energy Department nuclear programs.

The bipartisan spending deal, approved by Congress early Friday morning and signed by Trump shortly after, raised the caps on discretionary spending, setting it at $700 billion for fiscal year 2018 and $716 billion for fiscal year 2019.

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"Just signed Bill," Trump tweeted Friday. "Our Military will now be stronger than ever before. We love and need our Military and gave them everything -- and more. First time this has happened in a long time. Also means JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!"

Mattis spent the week on Capitol Hill pushing support for the increased defense budget and helping win over defense hawks. The budget deal sparked opposition form fiscal conservatives, forcing Mattis to make last minute phone calls to lawmakers Thursday night before a midnight deadline to fund the government.

The Defense Department boost equates to $165 billion more for the Pentagon over the next two years: $80 billion for fiscal year 2018 and $85 billion in fiscal year 2019.  

The jump is sizable when compared to the $634 billion allocated to the department last year.  

Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told reporters Thursday that the $716 billion topline was influenced by the department's recently released national defense strategy document.

"This is a strategy-driven budget," White said during a media briefing at the Pentagon. "So a great deal of care was taken to ensure that we're rebuilding readiness, and that we are — we are remedying some of the shortfalls that we've had in the past."

Even with the next budget looming, lawmakers plan to spend the next six weeks working out the specifics to the fiscal 2018 appropriations bill. Lawmakers will then look to work quickly on the fiscal 2019 plans before the Oct. 1 start of the next fiscal year.

In addition to the budget rollout, several hearings and events are on tap for the coming week.

Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for policy David Trachtenberg will speak about the Nuclear Posture Review at 10 a.m. Monday at the Brookings Institution. http://brook.gs/2BOcHcO

House Armed Services Committee ranking member Rep. Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithLet's talk about education and school choice in 2020 Overnight Defense: Lawmakers on edge over Iran tensions | Questions rise after State pulls personnel from Iraq | Senators demand briefing | House panel advances 0B Pentagon spending bill | Warren offers plan on climate threats to military House Dems unveil bill to limit Pentagon's ability to transfer military construction dollars MORE (D-Wash.) will be among the speakers on "Oversight and Accountability in U.S. Security Sector Assistance: Seeking Return on Investment" at 2 p.m. Monday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. http://bit.ly/2nOKb1S

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will receive a closed briefing from State Department officials on the implementation of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act at 5 p.m. Monday at the Senate Visitor Center, room 217. http://bit.ly/2H0hLtF

Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsHillicon Valley: Facebook co-founder calls for breaking up company | Facebook pushes back | Experts study 2020 candidates to offset 'deepfake' threat | FCC votes to block China Mobile | Groups, lawmakers accuse Amazon of violating children's privacy Experts are studying mannerisms of 2020 candidates to help offset threat of 'deepfake' videos Bolton held unexpected meeting on Iran with top intel, military advisers at CIA: report MORE, CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoUS warns airlines about flying over Persian Gulf amid Iran tensions Trump: Anonymous news sources are 'bulls---' Iranian official: Trump 'holding a gun' while pursuing talks MORE, National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersTrump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact FBI official sees 'tide change' in how platforms handle extremist content America must leap at opportunities to bolster national security in space MORE, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo will testify at the Senate Intelligence Committee's annual "Worldwide Threats" hearing at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Hart Senate Office Building, room 216. http://bit.ly/2nVkJHm

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyActing DHS secretary threatened to quit after clashing with Miller: report On The Money: Treasury rejects Dem subpoena for Trump tax returns | Companies warn trade war about to hit consumers | Congress, White House to launch budget talks next week | Trump gets deal to lift steel tariffs on Mexico, Canada Trump knocks Mulvaney for casting doubt on chances of infrastructure deal MORE will testify about the president's 2019 budget request before the Senate Budget Committee at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, room 608. http://bit.ly/2Erpcvt

A Senate Armed Services Committee subpanel will have a hearing on the Pentagon's role in protecting democratic elections with testimony from outside experts at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Russell Senate Office Building, room 222. http://bit.ly/2BiyaJu

Pacific Command commander Adm. Harry Harris will testify before the House Armed Services Committee at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Rayburn House Office Building, room 2118. http://bit.ly/2ERW5iS

The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on modernizing food aid with testimony from former officials and outside experts at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Rayburn 2172. http://bit.ly/2ER5dEk

A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee will hold a hearing on the administration's Israeli-Palestinian peace plan with testimony from outside experts at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rayburn 2172. http://bit.ly/2nWNuDh

Another Foreign Affairs subpanel will hold a hearing on how to advance U.S. interests through the Organization of American States at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rayburn 2200. http://bit.ly/2ExY7XS

The vice chiefs of the military services will testify about readiness before a Senate Armed Services Committee subcommittee at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Russell 222. http://bit.ly/2DB8xSB

Another Senate Armed Services subcommittee will hold a hearing on military family readiness with testimony from Pentagon officials and outside experts at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Russell 232A. http://bit.ly/2EPLmFz

A House Armed Services subpanel will hold a hearing on Air Force readiness with testimony from Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve officers at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rayburn 2212. http://bit.ly/2nWRpzZ

Northern Command commander Gen. Lori Robinson and Southern Command commander Gen. Kurt Tidd will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Dirksen G-50. http://bit.ly/2GYFKcJ

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for the nominees to be under secretary of State for arms control and international security, assistant secretary of State of East Asian and Pacific affairs, and assistant secretary of State for energy resources at 10 a.m. Thursday at Dirksen 419. http://bit.ly/2Cfepzs

The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on strategic competition with China with testimony from outside experts at 10 a.m. Thursday at Rayburn 2118. http://bit.ly/2EbwiF5

A House Armed Services subcommittee will hear from Special Operations commander Gen. Raymond Thomas and assistant secretary of Defense for special operations Owen West at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rayburn 2212. http://bit.ly/2BifXMb

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett Schiff5 things to watch as Trump, Dems clash over investigations Mueller mystery: Will he ever testify to Congress? Overnight Defense: Congressional leaders receive classified briefing on Iran | Trump on war: 'I hope not' | Key Republican calls threats credible | Warren plan targets corporate influence at Pentagon MORE (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, will speak about the Russia investigation and U.S. national security at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Council on Foreign Relations. http://on.cfr.org/2C8JAwc

 

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