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Bill would expand fertility coverage for veterans

A bill being considered in the Senate would expand the VA's medical benefits package to cover veterans, and their spouses or surrogates.

Tags: Veterans Affairs , benefits , Congress , DoD , Federal Drive

Monday - 08/20/2012, 06:00am EDT

Senators sound defense budget alarm in North Vegas

A trio of Republican senators sounded the alarm over billions of dollars' worth of "catastrophic" and "draconian" military budget cuts set to take effect in January, telling an audience Monday that more time was needed for negotiations.

Tags: John McCain , Lindsey Graham , Kelly Ayotte , sequestration , defense budget , Harry Reid , budget , DoD

Monday - 08/13/2012, 09:02pm EDT

Senate fails to approve cybersecurity legislation

The Senate failed Thursday to pass legislation to protect the U.S. electrical grid, water supplies and other critical industries from cyberattack and electronic espionage, despite dire warnings from top national security officials about the potential for devastating assaults on American computer networks.

Tags: cybersecurity , President Barack Obama , Congress , technology , Harry Reid , John McCain , Cybersecurity Update

Thursday - 08/02/2012, 03:23pm EDT

Bill to cut Senate confirmations gets final action

The House gave final congressional approval Tuesday to a bill that would save the slow-paced Senate some time by eliminating the need for confirming nominees to some 170 executive branch jobs and 3,000 military officer positions.

Tags: confirmation , Congress

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 10:06pm EDT

Debate over private sector role stymies Senate cyber bill

A battle over the role companies should play in keeping the U.S. safe from cyber attacks threatens to kill cybersecurity legislation in the Senate

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , Harry Reid , Federal Drive , In Depth

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 07:59am EDT

Reid, Boehner announce stopgap spending deal

The top Republican and Democrat on Capitol Hill have announced an agreement to keep the government running on autopilot for six months when the current budget year ends on Sept. 30. The announcements by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and GOP House Speaker John Boehner are aimed at averting any chance of a government shutdown this fall. The leaders said an official vote on the bill won't come until September.

Tags: Congress , House , Harry Reid , John Boehner , budget , stopgap funding , continuing resolution

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 04:56pm EDT

USPS: We will default on $5.5B payment due this week

The U.S. Postal Service is bracing for a first-ever default on billions in payments due to the Treasury, adding to widening uncertainty about the mail agency's solvency as first-class letters plummet and Congress deadlocks on ways to stem the red ink. With cash running perilously low, two legally required payments for future postal retirees' health benefits - $5.5 billion due Wednesday, and another $5.6 billion due in September - will be left unpaid, the mail agency said Monday.

Tags: budget , USPS , Congress , House , Patrick Donahoe , Esther Carey , Ruben Gomez

Monday - 07/30/2012, 05:48pm EDT
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Lawmakers find ways to avoid another TSP cyber breach

Remember the recent cyber attack on more than 100,000 Thrift Savings Plan participants? It's been out of the headlines lately, but lawmakers haven't forgotten about it.

Tags: TSP , pay and benefits , Cybersecurity Report , technology , Congress , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 07:58am EDT

End of the world delayed?

Good news, bad news. The good news is that the end of the world in your case, maybe extended furloughs or even a layoff is likely to be extended. Things are currently scheduled to go boom early next January. But there are signs that Congress may delay the day of reckoning until March or April of 2013. Now your only worry is the Mayan calendar, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal News Radio , pay and benefits , workforce , sequestration , budget , Congress , House , supercommittee , Simpson-Bowles

Tuesday - 07/31/2012, 02:00am EDT

Bill demanding details on sequestration heads to President's desk

Legislation forcing the White House to explain how the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration will affect individual agencies is now waiting for President Barack Obama's signature. The Senate unanimously approved the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 Wednesday, which requires the administration to detail within 30 days how the $1.2 trillion over 10 years in automatic cuts will be applied. The House passed its version of the bill last week in a 414-2 vote.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , OMB , sequestration , Paul Ryan , Patty Murray , John McCain , Sequestration Transparency Act , Jack Moore

Thursday - 07/26/2012, 03:36pm EDT
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