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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

Senate passes bill boosting payments to veterans

The Senate sent the White House a bill on Tuesday giving nearly 4 million veterans and survivors a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly benefit payments next year.

Tags: Department of Veterans Affairs , Congress , Mitch McConnell , Patty Murray

Tuesday - 11/13/2012, 07:19pm EST

Changes coming to key congressional committees despite status-quo election

Following Tuesday's election, Democrats maintain control of the Senate and Republicans continue to hold sway in the House. Retirements, term limits and a few new lawmakers alter the leadership of some committees.

Tags: Congress , House , Tom Davis , Election 2012 , Claire McCaskill , Susan Collins , Jim Webb , Tim Kaine , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 11/07/2012, 07:24am EST

Virginia Senate candidate wants to pay feds for cost-cutting ideas

Former Virginia Governors George Allen and Tim Kaine offer contrasting ideas on issues affecting federal employees and contractors. In Maryland, former federal employee Dan Bongino is challenging incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin for his seat. Bongino and Cardin hold similar views on a number of employee issues.

Tags: management , Congress , George Allen , Tim Kaine , Ben Cardin , Dan Bongino , Rob Sobhani , 2012 election , Jason Miller

Monday - 11/05/2012, 06:40pm EST

GOP lawmakers urge Obama to drop cyber executive order

Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate wrote to President Barack Obama urging him to not issue an executive order setting voluntary cybersecurity standards for private-sector operators of critical infrastructure.

Tags: Congress , House , cybersecurity , cybersecurity legislation , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , Fred Upton , House Energy and Commerce Committee , Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee , Cybersecurity Act of 2012 , CISPA , Jack Moore

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 06:39pm EDT
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