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House Votes to Extend Federal Pay Freeze

The House approved a bill Wednesday to extend the federal pay freeze through 2013, according to information provided by the Library of Congress. In a 307-117 vote, lawmakers passed the bill introduced by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.). The bill also includes language that places a hold on members of Congress’ …

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Lt. Gen. John Kelly Nominated to Lead US Southern Command

President Obama nominated Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly as commander of the U.S. Southern Command, according to a Pentagon announcement Friday. If confirmed by the Senate, he would replace U.S. Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, who has held the position since June 2009. Fraser has not announced …

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Senate Confirms Mattis as Head of Central Command

Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis was unanimously confirmed by the Senate yesterday as new commander of U.S. Central Command. Mattis was recommended by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and will succeed Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who is now commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. His most …

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Clapper Confirmed as Director of National Intelligence

Presidental nominee James R. Clapper was unanimously confirmed by the Senate yesterday to become the next director of national intelligence. Clapper, a retired Air Force lieutenant general who most recently served as director of military intelligence and as undersecretary of defense for intelligence, will take over for Dennis C. Blair …

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House Approves $59 Billion for War Funding

The House Appropriations Committee yesterday passed a bill to increase funding for war efforts in Afghanistan and other programs. The House voted 308-114 on legislation that approves almost $59 billion for war efforts. It will allot nearly $37 billion to the military, which will go toward the surge of an …

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Senate Moves Unemployment Benefits Bill to House

The unemployment benefits extension bill passed through the Senate on Wednesday night after weeks of legislative debate. The bill passed with a vote of 59-39 and will restore unemployment insurance benefits to 2.5 million people who lost their benefits during a fight over whether to add the $34 billion cost …

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Clapper at Senate Hearing: ‘There needs to be a clear, defined, identifiable leader of the intelligence community’

President Barack Obama’s nominee for Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr. appeared in front of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday during his confirmation hearing. During his hearing, Clapper was sternly questioned for three hours on his plans for handling the nation’s Intelligence Community, which has been …

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Congress Passes Financial Reform Bill

The largest financial regulation overhaul in generations made its way through Congress yesterday after Senate approved it and sent it to the desk of President Barack Obama. After almost a year of debating over its new rules, the bill passed with a vote of 60-39 vote and proves to be …

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Robert C. Byrd, Longest-Serving Member of Congress, Dies at Age 92

Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history, passed away this morning at Inova Fairfax Hospital, his family announced. The 92-year-old conservative from West Virginia became the longest-serving senator in the history, having served more than 20,775 days. During his tenure, his colleagues elected him …

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