Where’s the cyber money for fiscal 2018?

President Donald Trump vowed to “defend and protect federal networks and data” by empowering “agencies to modernize their IT systems for better security.” But finding the cybersecurity money in his fiscal 2018 budget request isn’t easy.

NDAA would fully approve cyber funding for DOD

The House Armed Services Committee’s NDAA for fiscal 2018 recommends additional cybersecurity funding and assessments for the Defense Department, which would help address cybersecurity concerns and offer opportunities to federal information technology vendors.

BGOV closer look: Revised draft Senate health-care amendment

Major portions of the Affordable Care Act would be overhauled under the July 13 draft Senate amendment to H.R. 1628, which also would cap federal funding for Medicaid.

HASC’s NDAA would require Amazon-like online marketplaces

Government buying of commercial products may become more like shopping on Amazon.com than the traditional procurement process, if the House Armed Services Committee has its way.

(Bloomberg) —  Republican Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate who is currently opposed to the Senate Republicans’ health-care bill, says she doesn’t see justification for doing away with a 3.8% investment tax on the wealthy because it would do nothing to bring down the cost of care.
  • GOP Sen. Mike Rounds says he’d like to see the investment tax cut removed from the legislation as well
    • Rounds says revenue saved by doing away with cut could be used to expand tax credits to individuals who are currently ineligible because their spouses have employer plans they are not covered by
    • Says he’s been told by leadership that his proposal would receive a CBO score
  • NOTE: Tax affects individuals earning $200k or more annually and families earning more than $250k; latest CBO score says repealing investment tax would cost $172.2b in revenue over a decade
  • GOP Sen. Bob Corker says, “I want to make sure that we’re not in a situation where we’re cutting taxes for the wealthy and at the same time, basically, for lower income citizens, passing a larger burden on to them”
  • Collins says other tax cuts, including one on medical devices imposed under Obamacare, could bring down the cost of care
  • Collins says it will be “very difficult” to reach a deal on the measure by Friday
  • Related: McConnell Scrambles to Win GOP Votes on Troubled Health Bill

House GOP’s $1.6 billion border wall plan sets up fight

House Republicans unveiled a spending bill that includes funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, setting up a clash with Democrats that risks a government shutdown later this year.

F-35 program costs jump to $406.5 billion in latest estimate

The cost of the F-35 jet program, already the most expensive U.S. weapons program ever, is estimated to climb further as the plane’s production period gets extended, according to figures submitted to Congress on Monday.