Military leaders line up to ask for bigger budgets next year

Senior leaders from each of the six military services will be on Capitol Hill this week to discuss budget matters as House and Senate leaders inch closer to unveiling their fiscal 2023 appropriations drafts.

Navy officials are scheduled to appear at three separate congressional hearings this week, including Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday.

Army leaders have four, including Army Secretary Christine Wormuth appearing before the same panel on Thursday and the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday. .

Air Force, Marine Corps and Space Force leaders all similarly will testify in budget hearings throughout the week. Coast Guard Commandant Ad. Karl Schultz will lay out his funding needs in a hearing before the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will also make another budget appearance on Capitol Hill this week, testifying before the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday morning.

Congressional leaders have said they hope to have initial drafts of the budget for next year out publicly in mid-June.

Tuesday, May 10

Senate Armed Services — 9:30 am — G-50 Dirksen

Worldwide reports
Avril Haines, director of the national intelligence, and Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, will testify on current threats facing the country.

Senate Appropriations — 10 am — 192 Dirksen

Army budget
Army Secretary Christine Wormuth and Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville will testify on the fiscal 2023 budget request.

Senate Foreign Relations — 2:30 pm — 106 Dirksen

Nominations
The committee will consider several pending nominations, including Bridget Brink to serve as US ambassador to Ukraine.

Senate Armed Services — 2:30 pm — 222 Russell

Army modernization
Service officials will testify on modernization efforts and the fiscal 2023 budget request.

Senate Armed Services — 2:30 pm — G-50 Dirksen

Shipyard infrastructure
Defense Department and Navy officials will testify on the shipyard infrastructure optimization program.

Wednesday, May 11

House Foreign Affairs — 9:30 am — 2172 Rayburn

Conflict prevention
State and Defense officials will testify on conflict prevention and stability.

House Armed Services — 10 am — 2118 Rayburn

Navy/Marine Corps budget
Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger will testify on the fiscal 2023 budget request.

House Appropriations — 10 am — online hearing

USAID budget
US Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power will testify on her agency’s budget request for fiscal 2023.

House Appropriations — 10:30 am — 2362-A Rayburn

Defense budget
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley will testify on the fiscal 2023 budget request.

House Armed Services — 2 pm — 2118 Rayburn

Missile defense
Vice Adm. Jon Hill, director of the Missile Defense Agency, and other officials will testify on strategic forces missile defense programs.

House Appropriations — 2 pm — 2358-C Rayburn

VA research
Department officials will testify on current research projects and their impact on veterans.

House Veterans’ Affairs — 2 pm — Visitors Center H-210

Veteran suicide
Department officials will testify on veteran suicide prevention efforts.

House Foreign Affairs — 2 pm — online hearing

Russian war crimes
State Department officials will testify on allegations of war crimes leveled against Russian forces in Ukraine.

House Appropriations — 2:15 pm — 2362-B Rayburn

Nuclear security
Department of Energy officials will testify on the National Nuclear Security Administration budget request for fiscal 2023.

Senate Foreign Relations — 2:30 pm — G-50 Dirksen

USAID budget
US Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power will testify on her agency’s budget request for fiscal 2023.

Senate Veterans’ Affairs — 3 pm — 418 Russell

Veterans private sector care
Department officials will testify on veterans health care options within VA and at outside clinics.

House Armed Services — 4:30 pm — 2118 Rayburn

Military readiness
Officials from the five services will testify on the fiscal 2023 budget request and military readiness issues.

Senate Armed Services — 4:30 pm — 232-A Russell

Space Force budget
Vice Chief of Space Operations Gen. David Thompson and other service officials will testify on Space Force programs and the fiscal 2023 budget request.

Thursday, May 12

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