House Republicans this week will commence an onslaught of legislation and hearings targeting perceived overreach by the Obama Administration, including bills that aim to curb intrusive oversight of political groups by the Internal Revenue Service and a hearing examining President Obama's use of executive authority.
The House will also consider a flood insurance bill that is likely to scale back a recent law intended to reform the program, which is $24 billion in debt.
The Senate, meanwhile, will hold a critical test vote Monday on a comprehensive reform plan for veterans benefits and services that includes restoration of recently planned cuts to military pensions. The bill is likely to lack the minimal Republican support needed to move forward, however, because it does not include offsets and adds to the deficit.
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Monday for shrinking the U.S. Army to its smallest size in decades, along with other cuts, drawing criticism that the drastic changes will hurt U.S. security.
Hagel announced his Pentagon budget priorities Monday afternoon. The Army had already been preparing to shrink to 490,000 active-duty members from a wartime peak of 570,000. Hagel is proposing to cut it further to between 440,000 and 450,000.
That would make it the smallest since just before the U.S. entered World War II.
"We are repositioning to focus on the strategic challenges and opportunities that will define our future: new technologies, new centers of power, and a world that is growing more volatile, more unpredictable, and in some instances more threatening to the United States," Hagel said at a press conference at the Pentagon.
He defended the proposed reductions in troop strength, as a trade-off for building up "technological superiority" and priorities like Special Operations Forces and "cyber resources."
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, warned that the cuts would hurt military readiness. And he said the country is only in this position because the Obama administration and Congress will not seriously take on cuts to entitlements.
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BREVARD REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
NEXT GENERAL MEETING THURSDAY, MAY 8TH
The next BREC General Meeting will be held Thursday, May 8th, 2014, at Temple Israel, 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Viera, FL 32940. Sign in and networking begins at 6:30 PM, and the meeting will start promptly at 7:00 PM. The speaker will be Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
New members will be sworn in as Precinct Committeemen and Precinct Committeewomen.
Candidates present will have an opportunity to speak.
Members, if you are unable to attend, please contact Chairman Barbara Davis at (321) 254-0073 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an excused absence in accordance with the Model Constitution.
Republican guests are welcome, and please bring your voter registration cards.