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White House, Lawmakers Discuss Possible Sequester Relief

Senate Republicans and White House officials are discussing potential legislation aimed at voiding sequestration or lessening the impact of the across-the-board spending cuts, Defense News reported Sunday. John Bennett writes the government would have to come up with $450 billion in deficit-reduction measures to offset the $500 billion sequestration cut to defense …

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Geithner Cautions Against Congress Punting Fiscal Cliff Deal

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Tuesday lawmakers should not put off an agreement to deal with the fiscal cliff of spending cuts and tax hikes until later, National Journal reports. Geithner told a Wall Street Journal CEO Council meeting that would extend the uncertainty of the country’s fiscal future and …

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Four in Capitol Hill’s Freshman Class Brings Fed Experience

Four newly-elected lawmakers will bring their bureaucratic experience when they join Congress, Matthew Weigelt writes for Federal Computer Week. Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was the former chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program and is known for assembling the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Rep.-elect Tammy …

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Report: Contractors Push For Tax Compromise Can Include Increases

Leaders at two major defense contractors recently cited lawmakers’ unwillingness to compromise as a factor in Congress’ inaction over the potential of sequestration, Talking Points Memo reports. Two weeks ago, Pratt & Whitney President David Hess and Lockheed Martin CEO Robert Stevens testified before the House Armed Services Committee about …

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Panetta Wants Senate Support For Pentagon 2013 Budget Request

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently asked a Senate panel to support the Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal year 2013, the American Forces Press Service reports. Panetta told the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense that the DoD’s budget request are based on the military spending projections from department leaders. Some of …

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Lawmakers Question Air Force Aircraft, Air National Guard Cuts

Lawmakers are set to review the 2013 defense authorization bill later this month, including the Air Force’s budgetary and staffing plans, Defense News reports. The branch proposed to cut 3,900 active duty, 5,100 Air National Guard members and 900 reserve airmen. During a House Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday, lawmakers questioned …

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