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John Koskinen Confirmed as IRS Chief

John Koskinen, a former chairman of Freddie Mac and city administrator for Washington, D.C., was confirmed by the Senate in a 59-36 vote Thursday to become the next Internal Revenue Service commissioner, Bloomberg reports. Richard Rubin writes Koskinen will serve a four-year term through November 2017 and becomes the agency’s …

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Senate Passes $607B FY 2014 Defense Budget

A bill authorizing a $607 billion defense budget for fiscal year 2014 awaits signature by President Barack Obama after being approved by the Senate Thursday night, Defense News reported Friday. John Bennett writes the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act passed the Senate with an 84-15 vote on Thursday and cleared …

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Report: Senate Set to Vote on Pentagon Policy Bill

The Senate has moved to end debate over a policy bill that would mandate $607 billion in spending for the Defense Department in fiscal year 2014, Defense News reported Wednesday. John Bennett writes the chamber voted 71-29 to invoke a 30-hour cloture clock before the Senate casts its final decision on the …

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Congress Passes Two-Year Budget Deal to Avoid Sequestration

The bipartisan deal to alleviate sequestration-related cuts in the next two fiscal years has been sent to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature, Reuters reported Wednesday. David Lawder and Richard Cowan write the House approved the budget agreement last week by a wide margin and the Senate cleared …

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Jeh Johnson Confirmed as DHS Secretary

The Senate voted 78-16 on Monday to confirm former Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson as the next homeland security secretary, CNN reported Monday. Ted Barrett writes that Johnson will become the fourth person to lead the Department of Homeland Security after formerly serving as the Defense Department‘s top lawyer. Johnson was integral to …

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House Approves Budget Deal, Senate to Vote Next Week

The House voted 332-94 Thursday to approve a bipartisan budget deal that sets spending levels for the next two years and avoids the possibility of a government shutdown until October 2015, Reuters reported Friday. David Lawder and Richard Cowan write the proposed budget also increases spending on agencies and discretionary programs …

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Tim Kaine: New Budget Deal Offers Certainty to U.S. Armed Forces

Sen. Tim Kaine has expressed hope the U.S. military could keep $20 billion of its budget if a new proposal from the House and Senate budget committees passes into law, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. Sydney Freedberg Jr. writes Kaine, member of both the armed services and budget conference committees, told …

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Pentagon Policy Bill Held Up in Senate Committee

Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee have moved to oppose the Defense Department spending bill as debates over legislative amendments continue, Defense News reported Sunday. John Bennett writes the National Defense Authorization Act mandates nearly $522 billion in base defense funding for fiscal 2014 and $80 billion for worldwide …

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