Additional Braxton Bragg Chapter AUSA Scholarships
The Braxton Bragg Chapter of AUSA is proud to announce the addition of 5 $1,000 scholarship for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. These scholarships were made possible by the generous donation of CVS Health. CVS Health is committed to supporting the educational aspirations of military affiliated students in the Fort Bragg region. Braxton Bragg awarded a total of 18 scholarships this year, thanks to the support of corporate and individual donors.
The June 11th Scholarship Luncheon and Presentation Ceremony was sponsored by BAE Systems. Thanks to all donors and congratulations to the scholarship recipients.
Fort Bragg 5K Walk/Run 20 August 2016
Date: August 20, 2016, 8: a.m.
Location: near Hendricks Stadium, on the corner of Reilly Rd. and Longstreet Rd. Google Map
Grab your running shoes and join us for the Fort Bragg 5K Walk/Run!
- This run is free with no registration required.
- This run is open to Military/DoD ID cardholders and their quests only.
- Strollers and dogs are welcome.
- Prizes will be given away.
- Wellness and health living vendors will be on location.
- A small farmers market will be available.
Please stop by the AUSA Braxton Bragg Chapter booth after they run!
President’s Message for July 1, 2016
THANK YOU – I ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF SERVING as your Chapter President for Operational Year July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 and Operational Year July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. I am humbled and honored at the confidence you have placed in me. I pledge to you my 100% effort to continue the All American Spirit you so richly deserve.
Our Board of Directors for the new Operational Year are committed to work together for a Great Year to serve you. Your Board of Directors are all volunteers, serving without pay, who are Retired Military, Veterans and Civilians.
I am confident your Board of Directors will set the example you expect. Soon we will announce our Objectives for the Operational Year and will pass them on to our membership. Of course, none of these objectives can be achieved without your support.
Click Here to download your Braxton Bragger Newsletter for June 2016.
AUSA Government Affairs Update
AUSA Government Affairs
July 1, 2016
- So far, no Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 appropriations bills have been passed by both the House and the Senate, and signed into law,
- The President has threatened to veto both the House version and Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), plus the House defense appropriations bill. The full Senate has not yet considered their defense appropriations bill.
- The next two weeks are the final period when both houses are in session before the 7-week Congressional recess (from July 16 to September 6).
- This week in the Senate, disagreements over Zika virus funding derailed the progress of the Military Construction-Veterans’ Affairs appropriations bill. This bill is normally one of the first to make it through the process, so the outlook for more controversial bills is dimming.
- FY2016 ends on September 30. Given the lack of time to pass bills to provide funding for FY2017, either a continuing resolution will need to be enacted in September, or the government will shut down (as happened in 2013).
- The Presidential debates between Mr. Trump and Secretary Clinton will begin in September (assuming they are both officially nominated at their respective conventions). This will increase the frenzy of the media atmosphere at the same time Congress will be negotiating a continuing resolution.
- Both houses will be in session at the same time for only four days between October 1 and Thanksgiving. Therefore, the first continuing resolution should probably go past Thanksgiving, or else a second one is nearly guaranteed to be required to accomplish an omnibus appropriations bill prior to the December holiday season.
- Following the election on November 8, there are several scenarios according to political pundits*:
Most likely: Democrat wins White House, Democrats gain control of the Senate and Republicans maintain control of the House of Representatives.
Possible: Democrat wins White House, and Democrats control House and Senate.
Less likely: Democrat wins White House, and Republicans maintain control of House and Senate.
Unlikely, but possible: Republican wins White House, Democrats control Senate, and Republicans maintain control of House.
Highly unlikely: Republican sweep of White House, House and Senate.*AUSA is non-partisan and does not offer any opinion on any of the potential election results
*AUSA is non-partisan and does not offer any opinion on any of the potential election results.
- Whichever scenario happens, it will shape the dynamics of the lame duck session of Congress and affect the likelihood of whether an omnibus bill can be passed in 2016, or whether the process will be delayed into 2017. A year-long continuing resolution, which would keep federal spending at 2016 levels for all of FY2017 is also a possibility.
- A year-long continuing resolution for defense is an outcome that is bad for our Army and bad for our sustaining members.
- A reminder: The debt limit is currently suspended until March 2017, so early in its tenure the new administration will have to face the political situation of Congress debating raising the debt limit.
- Sequestration returns in FY18 unless Congress changes the law, so in its first month the new administration will either need to plan to reduce spending to meet the caps, or propose an FY18 budget that breaks the caps.
John L. Gifford
Director, Government Affairs
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