Tag Archives: House

Spending Bill Delays Postal Service Payment to Retiree Fund

The recently passed spending package, funding the government until September, has helped prevent the U.S. Postal Services from defaulting on its multi-billion retiree health care benefits. The Postal Service now has until August to pre-fund the retirement packages to its employees, according to the Washington Post. “We are pleased that …

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Defense Bill Sent Off to White House

The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act has made it through both houses of Congress and is now off to the White House for signing. The White House had previously issued threats to veto the bill, but lifted any such threat once a clear deal was in sight, according to Politico. The bill …

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Hill Negotiators Agree on Funding Bill, Shutdown Avoided

The federal government was again on the brink of shutting down Friday, but Congress is on track to keep the government running past a Friday deadline. Late Thursday night, congressional leaders reached a tentative deal on the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund several agencies through to the …

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Short-Term Deal Appears Likely for Govt. Funding Bill

Reports surfaced earlier this week that a possible deal was reached for government funding. Now, short-term spending seems to be a front-runner of solutions to keep the government up and running. A report by The Hill newspaper indicated that the White House has asked lawmakers to consider short-term measures in …

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Is a Federal Budget Deal Coming Soon?

With the current federal budget set to expire Friday and a fast-approaching deadline, House and Senate negotiators reportedly “narrowed their differences” over the weekend on a more-than-$1 trillion federal spending bill for fiscal year 2012 according to Politico. If passed, and then signed by President Obama, discretionary spending would continue …

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Omnibus Bill Conference Today on Hill, Goal is Compromise

A House-Senate conference on the year-end omnibus spending package is convening today, according The Hill newspaper. Democratic and Republican lawmakers are meeting to discuss and come to a compromise on a piece the funding bill, which primarily covers military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs. It could turn into …

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Senate Defense Bill Requires Contractors to Monitor Supply Chain

The Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012 passed Thursday by a 93-7 vote with a provision requiring contractors to monitor their supply chain. The amendment, sponsored by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), also requires contractors to buy parts from trusted suppliers as …

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Hands Down, House Intel Panel OKs Cybersecurity Sharing Bill

The House Intelligence Committee passed a cybersecurity bill on Thursday with a few amendments. The bill aims to increase sharing of cybersecurity intelligence between agencies and private companies. By a 17-1 vote, the committee passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011. The bill builds on a pilot Pentagon program for …

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