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Senate OKs Obama's choice for Afghan commander

The Senate approved Gen. Joseph Dunford, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, to be the top commander in Afghanistan.

Tags: Joseph Dunford , Barack Obama , DoD , Marine Corps , Afghanistan , John Allen , Congress

Monday - 12/03/2012, 07:09pm EST

Senate unanimously passes Hatch Act update

On Friday, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill updating the Hatch Act, the law that restricts the political activities of federal employees.

Tags: Hatch Act , Hatch Act Modernization Act of 2012 , Congress , Daniel Akaka , Carl Levin , Joe Lieberman , workforce , Michael OConnell

Monday - 12/03/2012, 07:55am EST

Veterans' gun rights sticky issue in defense bill

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) sought to amend the bill to stop the Veterans Affairs Department from putting the names of veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their finances into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which prohibits them from buying or owning firearms.

Tags: Veterans Affairs Department , Tom Coburn , NRA , Charles Schumer

Monday - 12/03/2012, 03:32am EST

Senate gives green light to Pentagon green energy

The Senate on Wednesday gave the green light to the Pentagon's investment in green energy. By a vote of 62-37 on Wednesday, the Senate backed an amendment that would delete a provision in the defense bill prohibiting the military from spending money on alternative fuels if the cost exceeded traditional fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas and oil. The Pentagon has opposed the provision that a sharply divided Senate Armed Services Committee added in May.

Tags: biofuels , green energy , DoD , 2013 NDAA , Mark Udall , Congress

Thursday - 11/29/2012, 04:52pm EST

Senate debates 'arbitrary' cuts to DoD civilian workforce

Senators attempt to head off provision in annual Defense bill that would require reductions among Pentagon civilians.

Tags: Congress , DoD , workforce , NDAA , Ben Cardin , John McCain , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 06:38pm EST

Federal Drive interviews - Nov. 19, 2012

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) says that in spite of how it may seem, lawmakers understand the dangers of the fiscal cliff and Dr. Arjun Srinivasan talks about drug-resistant viruses known as superbugs that are on the rise.

Tags: Federal Drive , Mark Warner , Leon Fuerth , David Powner , Thomas Ricks , Danielle Ivory , Arjun Srinivasan , CDC , GAO , Bloomberg Government

Monday - 11/19/2012, 09:34am EST

GOP senator outlines $68 billion in defense cuts

Defense spending could be slashed by $68 billion over 10 years if the military stopped spending millions on running grocery stores, operating its own schools and even developing a roll-up version of beef jerky, insists one of the Senate's leading fiscal conservatives. In a new report, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn dubs the Pentagon the "Department of Everything."

Tags: DoD , budget , Congress , Tom Coburn

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 10:48am EST
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