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Senate News

'Fiscal cliff' deal restores mass-transit subsidy

The bill to avert the "fiscal cliff" reinstates parity between the parking and mass-transit subsidies. The mass-transit subsidy was reduced in 2011 to $125 even as a similar subsidy for parking benefits was increased to $240 a month.

Wednesday - 01/02/2013, 06:47pm EST

Union president calls Senate fiscal cliff bill 'bad deal'

William R. Dougan, national president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, said Tuesday the Senate's fiscal cliff bill will lead to a political standoff that will leave federal employees with an uncertain future.

Tuesday - 01/01/2013, 05:01pm EST

Details of Senate bill averting 'fiscal cliff'

Highlights of a bill approved Tuesday by the Senate aimed at averting wide tax increases and budget cuts scheduled to take effect in the new year.

Tuesday - 01/01/2013, 09:14am EST

Over the fiscal cliff: Soft or hard landing?

The Senate on Tuesday approved a bill to prevent the nation from going over a Jan. 1 "fiscal cliff." The legislation is now in the hands of the House, which is expected to vote on it Tuesday or Wednesday; if the House approves, it would go to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.

Tuesday - 01/01/2013, 08:08am EST

Intelligence agencies faulted for Libya fallout

A Senate report found that changes made by intelligence agencies were the origin of confusing explanations after the attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

Tuesday - 01/01/2013, 03:08am EST

Congress tightens belt, trims spy budget for 2013

House lawmakers voted Monday 373-29 in favor of a Senate-passed bill to slightly boost the president's $72 billion budget request for intelligence agencies, which is still less than last year's $80 billion budget.

Tuesday - 01/01/2013, 03:07am EST

Illinois Sen. Kirk to return a year after stroke

Nearly a year after a stroke left him barely able to move the left side of his body, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is expected to climb the 45 steps to the Senate's front door this week.

Monday - 12/31/2012, 06:10pm EST

Obama to fly to home early as 'fiscal cliff' looms

With a yearend deadline looming before the economy goes over the so-called fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama is cutting short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii, planning to leave for Washington on Wednesday evening.

Tuesday - 12/25/2012, 11:05pm EST

Some urge Boehner: let Dems pass fiscal cliff bill

In case the public weren't frustrated enough over Congress' failure to resolve the "fiscal cliff," consider this: lawmakers probably could enact a compromise quickly and easily if Republican leaders let Democrats provide most of the votes.

Tuesday - 12/25/2012, 11:11am EST

Memorial service for Sen. Inouye held in Hawaii

The late Sen. Daniel Inouye was remembered Sunday as an American hero whose legacy as a war veteran and longtime senator would be felt across Hawaii for years to come.

Sunday - 12/23/2012, 06:26pm EST

Reid urges quick appointment of Inouye successor

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is asking Hawaii's governor to act before the end of the year to fill the Senate vacancy created by the death of Daniel Inouye of Hawaii.

Saturday - 12/22/2012, 06:32pm EST

Congress completes $633B defense bill

Congress sent President Barack Obama a $633 billion defense bill for next year that would tighten penalties on Iran to thwart its nuclear ambitions and bulk up security at diplomatic missions worldwide after the deadly Sept. 11 raid in Libya.

Friday - 12/21/2012, 05:38pm EST

Congress clears way for DoD civilian workforce cuts

Congress has cleared the way for a $633 billion defense policy bill that includes mandated reductions to the Defense Department's civilian and contractor workforces. Leaders of a House-Senate conference committee, tasked with reconciling competing versions of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, included in the final report the automatic workforce reductions that opponents say would result in about 36,000 job losses.

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 06:56pm EST

Mikulski becoming 1st woman to head Appropriations

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski is set to become the first woman to chair the prestigious Senate Appropriations Committee, a position left open this week by the death of Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 06:24pm EST

Sen. Leahy won't head Appropriations Committee

Sen. Patrick Leahy said Wednesday he would remain as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee rather than take over the top slot on the Appropriations Committee, which became vacant this week with the death of Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Leahy, a seven-term Democrat from Vermont, said in a statement that continuing to chair the Judiciary Committee while "maintaining my seniority on the Appropriations Committee will allow me to protect both the Constitution and Vermont."

Wednesday - 12/19/2012, 05:22pm EST

Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii dead at 88

Recovering from war wounds that left him with one arm, Danny Inouye wanted a cigarette and needed a light.

Monday - 12/17/2012, 08:07pm EST

On foreign policy, Kerry is Obama's good soldier

Democratic Sen. John Kerry stands tall as President Barack Obama's good soldier.

Monday - 12/17/2012, 08:45am EST

House OKs DHS audit, lightens GAO load

The House this week approved a handful of bills aimed at improving federal financial management and oversight of government operations. Two of the bills one requiring the Homeland Security Department to pass a complete financial audit and the other lightening the mandatory caseload of the Government Accountability Office have already been passed by the Senate and head to the president's desk for his signature.

Friday - 12/14/2012, 05:41pm EST

Lawmakers up in arms over report on Army payroll problems

The U.S. Army's $47 billion in annual military payroll accounts has caused major woes for some soldiers trying to collect their pay, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. As a result of the Army being unable to track and collect data on numerous pay errors including over payments, under payments, data entry errors and fraud, active duty soldiers are not receiving the correct compensation and this has a bipartisan team of lawmakers furious.

Friday - 12/14/2012, 03:17pm EST

Senators press Army on suspension and debarment delays

A bipartisan group of senators has written to top Army officials to express concern about delays in the suspension and debarment process that leave the service open to contracting waste and fraud. In a letter to Army Secretary John McHugh and Chief of Staff Raymond Odierno, the senators questioned "significant time lapses" between referrals for suspension and actual debarment of contractors in Afghanistan.

Monday - 12/10/2012, 07:42pm EST
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