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Report: Senate to Consider 3-Month Funding Bill

The Senate will mull a $1.02 trillion stopgap measure that adds $74.7 billion for the military’s overseas contingency operations and funds the government through Dec. 11, Defense News reported Tuesday. Joe Gould writes that the measure works to support efforts to prevent a government shutdown and enable lawmakers to take up …

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Senate Confirms USCG Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger as TSA Administrator

The Senate has approved U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger as the new administrator of the Transportation Security Administration following a vote of 81-1, The Hill reported Monday. Jordain Carney writes that Neffenger’s confirmation comes amid reports that TSA agents were unable to locate fake bombs placed at the busiest airports across …

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Obama Signs USA Freedom Act for Gov’t Surveillance Reforms

President Barack Obama has signed the USA Freedom Act as part of efforts to reform government surveillance and data collection activities and also restore three counterterrorism provisions of the Patriot Act, The Hill reported Tuesday. Julian Hattem writes that the new law puts restrictions on the authority of the National Security Agency …

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Congress Approves FY 2016 Budget; Sen. Mitch McConnell Comments

The U.S. Senate has passed a spending deal that seeks to increase funds for defense programs in fiscal 2016 and balance the federal budget within a decade, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. Nick Timiraos writes the agreement marks the first House-Senate Republican budget resolution in six years and was …

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House GOP Plans Stopgap to Extend DHS Funding Bill Talks

House Republicans are considering a three-week stopgap bill to temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security beyond a Friday midnight deadline and prevent the agency’s shutdown, the Washington Post reported Thursday. Sean Sullivan writes that the lawmakers intend to use the measure to give more time for a possible conference to reconcile the House and Senate versions …

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Report: White House Eyes Constructive Talks with GOP-led Congress

Defense analysts believe the recent elections could open a window of opportunity for President Barack Obama and Republican lawmakers to cooperate on fiscal initiatives, Breaking Defense reported Thursday. Colin Clark writes Josh Holly, a Podesta Group principal, and American Enterprise Institute analyst Mackenzie Eaglen see an improved chance of a budget …

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