March 24, 2019

Maryland Among Top States Affected by Shutdown

Maryland ranks among the top states most affected by the partial federal government shutdown. The District of Columbia ranked the top most affected state (No. 1), followed by New Mexico (No. 2), and Maryland (No. 3).

Congress Says No F-35s to Turkey; Mattis Objects

F-35 to Turkey

The Senate and House move to prevent the sale of F-35s to Turkey, a move DefSec Mattis opposes.

Federal Workers Face Trio of Workforce Reduction Orders

federal workers

Federal workers are not only facing anti-union sentiments in Congress and a presidential desire to make firings easier, three executive orders were signed this week designed to shrink the federal workforce through hiring freezes, attrition, reform plans and vacancies.

Trump Finds Opposition to Foreign Aid Cuts

Opposition to Foreign Aid Cuts James Mattis

Now is not the time to slash US foreign aid, more than 120 retired generals and admirals said in a letter to lawmakers, while citing past comments from DefSec James Mattis to buttress their case. Mattis said while commander of US Central Command, “If you don’t fully fund the State Department, then I need to buy more ammunition.”