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Senator: Fire commanders allowing sex assault

SC Sen. Graham: Women needed in military service, fire commanders allowing sex assault

Monday - 05/27/2013, 02:50pm EDT

Smooth confirmation hearing for Pritzker

Obama's commerce secretary pick, Penny Pritzker, gets smooth confirmation hearing in Senate

Friday - 05/24/2013, 03:56am EDT

IRS official to take the 5th at House hearing

IRS official who runs division that targeted tea party groups to take the 5th before Congress

Wednesday - 05/22/2013, 04:00am EDT

White House wants to root out copycat programs - starting with STEM

The Obama administration's proposed fiscal 2014 budget called for consolidating or eliminating 116 of the government's 226 STEM initiatives and centralizing the coordination of STEM programs under just three agencies: the Education Department, the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. The administration's STEM proposal is one of the government's first visible steps in reversing some of the duplication that riddles the federal landscape and which some lawmakers have seized on as examples of government waste.

Friday - 05/17/2013, 01:45pm EDT
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Senate confirms former nurse to run Medicare

By an overwhelming 91-7 vote, the Senate confirmed Marilyn Tavenner to oversee Medicare, Medicaid, children's health insurance and coverage for the uninsured under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Wednesday - 05/15/2013, 07:17pm EDT

DoD's military construction budget appears safe from sequestration cuts

Funding reductions in 2013 appropriations act are sufficient to protect military construction accounts from further sequestration cuts, but funds used for upkeep on existing buildings are severely impacted.

Monday - 05/13/2013, 05:32am EDT
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Fundraising from HHS secretary draws scrutiny

A fundraising push by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is drawing criticism from a key Senate Republican who questions whether she has a conflict of interest.

Sunday - 05/12/2013, 09:58am EDT

DoD's budget reprogramming won't help with sequestration

Pentagon says it will use its limited budget flexibility to compensate for unexpected war costs, not to blunt sequestration. Services continue to warn Congress about how budget cuts are impacting readiness.

Thursday - 05/09/2013, 05:14am EDT
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Senate committee wants to know DoD's 2014 sequestration plan

The top lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee have called on the Defense Department to detail how it will cut billions more from its budget if sequestration continues into next year. In a letter dated May 2, Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the committee, asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to provide a "package of reductions" to the department's proposed 2014 budget.

Tuesday - 05/07/2013, 04:35pm EDT

Lawmakers take on legislative process in fight against duplicative programs

Two senators from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee want to change Senate rules in an attempt to make sure new federal programs or initiatives in proposed legislation don't overlap with existing efforts. Earlier this month, two House members introduced a measure that would require House committees of jurisdiction to hold oversight hearings on an annual report from the Government Accountability Office detailing government duplication.

Monday - 04/29/2013, 06:31pm EDT

WH: Anthony Foxx in line for transportation post

WH: Obama to pick Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx for transportation secretary

Monday - 04/29/2013, 12:02pm EDT

Controllers to return after Congress ends FAA furloughs

Air traffic controllers are heading back to work. Congress acts to end airport delays after week of complaints about delays caused by furloughs.

Saturday - 04/27/2013, 01:20pm EDT

Bill gives FAA authority to move funds, prevent furloughs

The House is expected to quickly pass a bill the Senate approved last night that would end furloughs for air traffic controllers. The legislation gives the Federal Aviation Administration the authority to transfer up to $253 million from accounts flush with funds into other programs. This would would help to prevent reductions in operations and staffing through the end of fiscal year 2013.

Friday - 04/26/2013, 06:22am EDT

Budget battle: 3 plans on the table, what now?

Budget battle guide: What's next now that everybody's put a budget on the table?

Thursday - 04/25/2013, 02:00pm EDT

Senate Democrats put off vote on Labor nominee

After Republicans raise concerns, Senate Democrats postpone vote on Labor secretary nominee

Thursday - 04/25/2013, 07:28am EDT

Retiring senator faces a $4.8 million decision

Sen. Max Baucus' decision not to run for re-election in 2014 leaves the Montana Democrat with more than $4.8 million in campaign money -- and no campaign to spend it on.

Wednesday - 04/24/2013, 08:50pm EDT

Labor nominee Perez pledges open mind

Labor nominee Perez pledges open mind, willingness to work with business, labor to create jobs

Thursday - 04/18/2013, 02:26pm EDT

Report: US footing greater bill for overseas bases

Report: US paying more for overseas bases in Germany, Japan, South Korea despite troop shifts

Thursday - 04/18/2013, 04:10am EDT

Police said to have suspect in mind in ricin case

Senator: Police have suspect in mind in mailing to Miss senator that tests positive for ricin

Wednesday - 04/17/2013, 12:14pm EDT

2014 budget takes center stage on Capitol Hill

With the release of the White House's 2014 budget proposal last week, budget season on Capitol Hill is in full swing. But while Congress will be debating the merits of the President's budget plan via a flurry of congressional hearings this week, the permanent director's chair at the Office of Management and Budget remains vacant.

Monday - 04/15/2013, 08:25pm EDT
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