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Senate News

Non-binding budget plan omits retirement contribution hike

Republican leaders in the House and Senate passed a compromise bill that seeks significant cuts to agency operating budgets, while boosting Defense spending. Absent from the non-binding plan is mention of an increase in federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 04:43pm EDT

Capitol Hill Buzz: Dems push higher pay for Senate workers

Capitol Hill Buzz: Homeless Senate worker prompts push for higher pay on Capitol Hill

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 12:18pm EDT

Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general

Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general in divided Senate after months-long delay

Friday - 04/24/2015, 12:10pm EDT

Senators question Treasury's transparency of its IT projects

Two key Senate lawmakers are questioning the Treasury Department's inconsistencies in reporting the health of its major technology projects.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 09:30am EDT

DoD to miss 2017 audit deadline, says deputy chief management officer nominee

Peter Levine, the nominee to be the Pentagon's next deputy chief management officer, said he will need to choose his battles carefully over the next 18 months. His focus areas will include DoD headquarters spending and acquisition reform, he told senators Tuesday.

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:08am EDT
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Senate urges President to fill inspector general vacancies

Sixteen members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee penned a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to fill IG vacancies at 10 agencies.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 05:28pm EDT
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Sen. Johnson: 10 agencies need permanent IGs now

President Barack Obama and the leaders of 10 federal agencies should identify candidates to become Inspectors General at those agencies. That's according to a letter all 16 members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent to the White House and those leaders. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why he and his colleagues wrote the letter to the President in the first place.

Monday - 04/20/2015, 04:21pm EDT
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DHS defends FY 2016 cyber budget before Senate subcommittee

The total request for cyber programs at DHS adds up to $1.4 billion. That's just part of the total White House budget request for cyber, which is up 11 percent for FY 2016, or $13.9 billion.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 06:05pm EDT

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Chairman, Veterans Affairs Committee

The Department of Veterans Affairs is asking Congress for more than a $1 billion more than its original budget for a hospital in Denver, Colorado. The House Veterans Affairs Committee looked at the problems with the hospital, and other construction project problems at the VA, at a hearing today with officials from VA. Sen. Johnny Isakson (D-Ga.) is the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he's about to start following the VA's construction problems very closely.

Wednesday - 04/15/2015, 04:10pm EDT
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For better government, consolidate DoD bases, health care programs

On the road to better, more cost-effective government, Congress will have to consider consolidating military health care and ramping up tax enforcement at the Internal Revenue Service, the comptroller general says.

Tuesday - 04/14/2015, 09:35am EDT

US Capitol lockdown lifted after man fatally shoots himself

Precautionary lockdown of US Capitol, visitors center lifted after man fatally shoots himself

Sunday - 04/12/2015, 08:22am EDT

NIH may be spared from sequestration, Cardin says

The Maryland Democrat fielded questions from National Institutes of Health employees at a town-hall meeting at the agency's Bethesda headquarters.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 01:09pm EDT
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White House adds another layer to executive cyber powers

President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order giving agencies the ability to recommend economic sanctions against cyber attackers and their supporters. As the President signed this latest order, Congress seems closer than ever to passing a cyber information sharing bill.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 03:59am EDT
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New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges

Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 01:20am EDT

Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader

Pugnacious Sen. Harry Reid says he's retiring, favors brash Chuck Schumer as next Dem leader

Saturday - 03/28/2015, 11:18am EDT

GOP-controlled Senate ok's budget plan

The Republican-controlled Senate has approved a balanced-budget plan that calls for trillions in spending cuts and repeal of the controversial health care law to erase red ink by the end of the coming decade.

Friday - 03/27/2015, 03:40am EDT

GOP budget bills aim to bolster DoD funding, cut government waste

Republican lawmakers released their Fiscal Year 2016 budget plans this week, containing increased spending for the Pentagon, cuts for non-Defense operating budgets and a hike in federal employees' contributions to their retirement plans.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:46pm EDT

Military leaders express misgivings about House plan to boost their budget

Pentagon officials are adamant that sequestration-level spending is incompatible with the current Defense strategy. But, they also have serious concerns with the plan House Republicans released this week to boost Defense funding, saying it would limit their options and keep the military in a state of budget uncertainty.

Friday - 03/20/2015, 04:00am EDT
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House, Senate panels adopt balanced-budget plans

House, Senate panels adopt budget plans but defense, spending hawks remain at odds

Friday - 03/20/2015, 03:14am EDT

Bill would mean 5 years without a bonus for delinquent feds

Three senators introduced a bill targeting federal employees who have engaged in misconduct, are not in good standing with their agency or have violated the law.

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 02:26pm EDT
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