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Bipartisan budget agreement clears Congress

Tags: Congress , budget

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 03:58am EST

Year-end agreement: Budget heads to final passage

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Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 03:02am EST

What a waste -- Sen. Coburn releases annual survey of wasteful government spending

From super soldiers to stay-at-home feds, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) identified 100 programs that have generated almost $30 billion in wasteful spending by the federal government in 2013.

Tags: Congress , wasteful spending , Tom Coburn , Michael OConnell

Monday - 12/16/2013, 05:11pm EST

Senate confirms Johnson as new DHS secretary

By a vote of 78 to 16, the Senate confirmed Jeh Johnson as the fourth secretary of Homeland Security.

Tags: Jeh Johnson , DHS , Tom Carper , Ellen Kortesoja , people

Monday - 12/16/2013, 06:48pm EST

With budget agreement nearly a done deal, focus turns to appropriations

The bipartisan budget deal announced this week goes a long way toward clearing up the widespread budget uncertainty that has plagued federal agencies for the last two years. But it doesn't actually set individual agency funding for next year. That's the job of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, the leaders of whom now must write an official spending bill that spell out exactly how much each agency gets to spend next year and on what. Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), the chairman of the House committee, said Thursday he would begin work on an omnibus spending bill to fund agencies next year.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , Barbara Mikulski , Hal Rogers

Friday - 12/13/2013, 04:30pm EST

Will new budget negotiations unravel the sequestration riddle?

For the first time since the government shutdown ended two weeks ago, House and Senate lawmakers are sitting down at the table to negotiate about the fiscal 2014 budget. At the top of the agenda will be what to do about the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration that have ensnared what remained of the traditional budget process this year. However, budget experts and insiders say sequestration is likely to stick around -- at least in some form -- and about the best agencies can hope for is a small-bore deal that grants them some greater flexibility in implementing the cuts, these experts said.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , sequestration , Stan Collender , Qorvis , Don Kettl , Sharon Parrott , Center on Budget and Policy Priorities , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 03:12pm EDT

Lawmakers in fed-heavy districts signal support for budget deal

Lawmakers in districts with large constituencies of federal employees are signaling their support for the bipartisan budget deal announced Tuesday even though it would require new federal workers to contribute a greater share of their paychecks to their retirement benefits. The alternatives -- another government shutdown or a second year of the steep across-the-board sequestration cuts -- would have been worse, they argue.

Tags: Congress , House , budget , Chris Van Hollen , Barbara Mikulski , Frank Wolf , Jim Moran , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 12/11/2013, 05:30pm EST
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