David Welna

David Welna appears in the following:

Emergency Declaration For Border Wall Could Tap Military Funds

Thursday, February 14, 2019

A 1982 law empowers the secretary of defense to redirect military construction funds during a presidentially declared national emergency.

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Where Funding For Trump's Border Wall Might Come From

Thursday, February 14, 2019

President Trump is expected to declare a national emergency to get additional border security funding. There are a few different areas where that money might come from.

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How Trump Might Get Additional Funding For A Border Wall

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The White House is examining ways to pay for construction of a border wall that not require a vote of Congress. Budget veterans believe there is a way to do it.

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Why The U.S. Has Continued To Fight In Afghanistan

Friday, February 08, 2019

President Trump made it clear that he's intent on leaving Afghanistan, even as top military officials warn that nation harbors a growing number of groups intent on attacking the U.S.

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U.S. Abandons Landmark Reagan-Era Arms Control Treaty

Saturday, February 02, 2019

The U.S. is pulling out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, saying that Russia has violated its terms. Its demise could renew the kind of arms race Reagan and Gorbachev tried to end.

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Questions Remain After North Korea Says It Will Dismantle Nuclear Weapon Fuel Sites

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The U.S. special representative for North Korea says Kim Jong Un and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed in October that North Korea will dismantle its facilities that make fuel for nuclear weapons.

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Some Members Of Congress Want To Make Sure Contractors Get Backpay

Friday, January 25, 2019

Federal employees will receive backpay when the government reopens. Federal contractors will not, but some in Congress are trying to change that.

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Federal Panel Considering Recommendations For Mandatory National Service

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A commission studying national service says there's a compelling case to be made for mandatory national service, not necessarily military, for young Americans. Final recommendations are a year away.

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Supreme Court Revives Trump's Ban On Transgender Military Personnel, For Now

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The court's decision allows the Pentagon to effectively bar transgender people from joining the military while two lower court rulings that had blocked the policy are appealed.

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As Shutdown Continues, Many Unpaid Federal Workers Are Frustrated And Angry

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Federal workers are growing increasingly frustrated with the shutdown and political mess in Washington. Some have found other jobs temporarily.

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Yes, The President Can Declare A 'National Emergency' To Build A Wall

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

After Watergate, Congress passed a law aimed at greater oversight of presidential emergency power. Since then presidents have assumed the powers, but Congress has yet to exercise oversight.

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Not Expecting Back Pay, Government Contractors Collect Unemployment, Dip Into Savings

Monday, January 07, 2019

One expert estimates millions of contractors in the federal workforce won't receive back pay when the shutdown ends.

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Tells Department To Defend The Constitution In Farewell

Monday, December 31, 2018

On his final day, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sent a farewell letter to the Defense Department's troops and civilians. He expressed confidence the department's workforce will remain "undistracted."

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New Armed Services Chairs Have Starkly Different Views On Measures, Spending

Friday, December 28, 2018

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., will respectively chair the Senate and House armed services committees in the new Congress. They have very different views on what is needed.

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Trump Picks Patrick Shanahan To Be Acting Secretary Of Defense

Monday, December 24, 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' replacement will take over two months earlier than planned. President Trump says Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will be acting Pentagon chief starting Jan. 1.

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The Many Conflicts Between Defense Secretary Mattis And President Trump

Friday, December 21, 2018

It appears Jim Mattis' resignation Thursday was prompted by the president's order to pull U.S. forces from Syria, and reduce troop levels in Afghanistan. Mattis disagreed with both decisions.

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Pentagon Confirms Mattis Resigns Effective Feb. 28

Thursday, December 20, 2018

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will retire "with distinction" at the end of February.

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Trump To Examine Murder Case Against Former Green Beret Who Said He Killed A Prisoner

Monday, December 17, 2018

President Trump called the Army major a hero and vowed to review the case. To a military law specialist, it looks like "the commander in chief is putting his thumb on the scales of justice."

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Trump Administration Gives Russia Deadline To Comply With Missile Ban

Monday, December 17, 2018

The Trump administration is giving Russia until early February to get back into compliance with a ban on all intermediate-range land-launched missiles that was signed 31 years ago.

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News Brief: Trump Inaugural Committee, Border Wall, Possible Ban On Cockfighting

Friday, December 14, 2018

Federal prosecutors are investigating President Trump's inaugural committee spending. The U.S. military may be asked to build a border wall. An effort to ban cockfighting in Puerto Rico is underway.

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