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Congressional focus in the New Year

A peek at political, and agency, fortunes in 2010, including pay raises for feds and the possibility of layoffs.

Tags: agency funding , hiring reform , Jodi Schneider , American Banker , P&B , pay raise , layoff , budget , appropriations

Wednesday - 12/23/2009, 10:55am EST

Healthcare reconciliation: how Congress will hug it out

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he still hopes to bring a health care reform package to the floor next week. His target remains passage by year's end.

Tags: Jodi Schneider , health

Wednesday - 11/11/2009, 12:08pm EST

Congress under constant cyberattack

Chrome patches flaws

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , cybersecurity , Windows , Chrome

Monday - 03/22/2010, 09:27am EDT

Healthcare overhaul coming down to the wire

Pushing toward a history-making vote, Democrats struggled to eliminate lingering complications standing in the way of House action this weekend on President Barack Obama's landmark health care overhaul.

Tags: healthcare reform , Jodi Schneider , American Banker

Thursday - 03/18/2010, 09:32am EDT

Senate takes babysteps towards bipartisanship

Legislation blending help for the jobless with popular tax breaks for businesses and individuals is slated to pass the Senate Wednesday over protests from conservatives who say it adds too much to the $12.5 trillion national debt.

Tags: Jodi Schneider , American Banker , jobless benefits , pay-go

Wednesday - 03/10/2010, 12:40pm EST

Congress paying and going, but where?

Facing harsh criticism from Democrats, Senator Jim Bunning surrendered opposition to the extension of unemployment and health benefits for roughly 400-thousand jobless Americans needed continued federal assistance. After Bunning stepped aside Tuesday night, the Senate voted 78-to-19 to extend the benefits for 30 days. Bunning said it was hypocritical for Democrats to present a bill that is not fully paid for when they also support "pay as you go" legislation.

Tags: pay go , Jodi Schneider , American Banker , furlough

Wednesday - 03/03/2010, 09:30am EST

What's ahead for healthcare

It's gut-check time for President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats on their health care overhaul. Federal employees can at least hope the excise tax will get lost in the shuffle.

Tags: healthcare , cadillac tax , excise tax , FEHBP , Jodi Schneider , American Banker

Wednesday - 01/20/2010, 10:25am EST

Wartime Contracting sees improvement

The contracting commission estimated that since 2002, the U.S. has committed nearly $31 billion to training, equipping, and supporting the Afghan security forces.

Tags: wartime contracting , Wartime Contracting Commission , Christopher Shays

Monday - 12/21/2009, 11:17am EST

Congressional cybersecurity training to focus on awareness

A review was started after a junior staffer took home sensitive computer files that named members of Congress the panel was investigating.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , Cybersecurity Workforce , Internet Crime Complaint Center

Wednesday - 12/16/2009, 09:07am EST

Rep. Connolly: where unspent TARP funds should go

Rep. Gerald E. "Gerry" Connolly wants half of the unspent or repaid bank bailout money to be used for deficit reduction.

Tags: Congressional Spotlight , TARP , bailout , stimulus , deficit reduction , Gerry Connolly

Tuesday - 12/15/2009, 10:08am EST
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