Biden budget delay blows up Hill defense schedule
By: Leo Shane III and Joe Gould 2 days ago
WASHINGTON ― Senate work on the annual defense authorization bill will be delayed until midsummer because of the ongoing wait for President Joe Biden’s federal budget outline, a delay that could complicate a host of military personnel policy and procurement plans.
On Thursday, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed, D-R.I., said officials made the “difficult” decision to postpone the full committee markup of the massive authorization bill until at least July “because of the uncertainty of the timing of the president’s budget submission.”
The markup usually takes place in May. Military leadership — including Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and the military service chiefs — will testify on the defense budget needs for fiscal 2022 in June, three months later than their typical annual schedule.https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2021/04/29/biden-budget-delay-blows-up-hill-defense-schedule/