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Senate Keeps Contractor, Civilian Cuts in Defense Bill

The Senate will keep proposed cuts to the Defense Department‘s contractor and civilian workforce in its version of the fiscal year 2013 defense bill. Federal News Radio reports the Senate voted 53-41 to strike down an amendment proposed by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) to lift the requirement on the Pentagon …

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Senate Approves Bill for Full 2013 DHS Audit

In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the Senate passed a bill requiring the Department of Homeland Security to undergo and pass a full audit by fiscal year 2013. Federal News Radio reports the bill also requires the DHS chief financial officer to submit a modernization plan to Congress regarding the agency’s …

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Senate Strikes Pentagon Green Fuel Ban From Defense Bill

The Senate voted 62-37 Wednesday to eliminate language in the National Defense Authorization Act that would have prevented the Pentagon from purchasing biofuels if they cost more than petroleum, Reuters reports. David Alexander writes the House’s version of the NDAA contains limits on biofuels and lawmakers must reconcile the two …

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Michael Huerta FAA Leadership Nomination to Move Forward

Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has lifted his hold on the nomination of Michael Huerta to head the Federal Aviation Administration, the Washington Post reports. Huerta has served as acting chief since December 2011 and was nominated by President Barack Obama in March to lead the agency on a permanent basis. …

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Joe Lieberman: Fiscal Cliff Deal an ‘Uncertainty’

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said in a Sunday interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” that a compromise on averting the fiscal cliff is an uncertainty, The Hill newspaper reports. Lieberman said he was optimistic a deal can be reached but warned the government is on an automatic pilot-like approach …

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Mark Warner: Fiscal Deal Can Reform Tax Rates Lower

In an interview with Federal News Radio, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said he thinks a deal to avert the fiscal cliff could start with tax rates higher then reform them lower. Warner told the station the more immediate goal is to not get in the way of negotiations between President …

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Carl Levin Hopes to Have Defense Bill Amendments Before Thanksgiving

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) made a motion to proceed on the defense authorization bill Wednesday by asking the chamber for consent to bring the bill forward, National Journal reports. Sarah Sorcher writes the bill provides the Pentagon a $614.3 billion budget, with $525.8 billion going to general operations …

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