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 Federal Appropriations

  1. The dome of the US Capitol is seen January 4, 2013 on a cold day in Washington. High temperatures Monday will occur during the early morning hours as a cold front brings yet another shot of super cold air to the mid-Atlantic region. Temperatures on Tuesday morning will dip into the single digits. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER KAREN BLEIER / AFP

    Congress passes government funding bill

    Agencies will be funded through Dec. 11 and federal employees will get a 1 percent pay raise in 2015 under a continuing resolution passed Sept. 18 by the Senate. The bill now heads to President Obama for his signature.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  2. Sen. Mark Warner introduced a bill to eliminate 53 unneeded reports. Getty Images

    Senate passes bill cutting outdated reports

    The proposed law would eliminate 53 reports from agency mandates.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  3. House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers: A continuing resolution is necessary to prevent a government shutdown. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Continuing resolution would allow federal pay raise in 2015

    Federal employees would get a 1 percent pay raise in 2015 under a continuing resolution resolution introduced by House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers Sept. 9.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  4. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Congress may vote on a continuing resolution soon. Larry French / Getty Images

    Continuing resolution may set agency funding at 2014 levels

    Lawmakers on the House Appropriations committee are discussing the creation of a continuing resolution that would fund the government at fiscal 2014 levels, Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said to reporters Sept. 9.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  5. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-N.V., has signed on to an effort to halt Postal Service plant closures. Getty Images

    Senate leader joins effort to halt Postal Service closures, job cuts

    Lawmakers pressing to stop the Postal Service from closing processing plants and cutting thousands of jobs have received a powerful endorsement, according to a postal union.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  6. Despite objections in Congress, the Postal Service has not changed its plans to cut jobs, close plants. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

    Postal Service forges ahead on job cuts, plant closures

    Despite congressional pressure, USPS has not budged from its plan.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
  7. Private First Class(Pfc) Bowe Bergdahl, before his capture by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Bergdahl was freed May 31, 2014 in exchange for five Taliban inmates held at the Guantanamo prison. /AFP/Getty Images Photo by U.S. Army via Getty Images

    GAO: Bergdahl release violated Antideficiency Act

    The Defense Department should have notifed Congress 30 days before prisoner transfer.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  8. Sen. Bernie Sanders sponsored legislation to make it easier to fire VA executives. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Congress passes VA bill making it easier to fire senior execs

    Sanders legislation also caps bonuses at $360M.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  9.  KAREN BLEIER / AFP

    House passes DHS cyber bills

    The trio of bills would strengthen partnerships, increase resources.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  10. House, Senate appear to have deal on VA care

    Top lawmakers appear to have reached a deal on a bipartisan bill that would allow veterans to seek private care if they face long wait lines at Veterans Affairs' facilities.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  11. Veterans Affairs acting Secretary Sloan Gibson testifies July 16 on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the state of VA health care in the wake of revelations of neglect and delayed medical visits. He is accompanied by Assistant Deputy Undersecretary For Health For Administrative Operations Philip Matkowsky. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

    Documents detail VA mistreatment of vets

    Lawmaker criticizes VA Medical Inspector for lax oversight.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  12. A renovated building at DHS headquarters on the St. Elizabeths Hospital campus that will house the Coast Guard historical office. A 2015 budget bill would contain no funding to contnue the St. Elizabeth's project. Thomas Brown/Staff

    Proposed GSA construction budget shrinks in 2015

    The General Services Administration would receive hundreds of millions of dollars to build new buildings in fiscal 2015, but less than it received last year, under legislation passed by the House July 10.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  13. Lawmakers hope to get VA reform bill back on track

    Now that the price tag for the Veterans Affairs Department reform bill has been slashed by about $120 billion over three years, lawmakers are hopeful the legislation can move ahead quickly.

    • Jul. 11, 2014
  14. Sen. Jon Tester wants to allow agencies to share information about job apllicants. Allison Shelley / Getty Images

    Bill would allow agencies to share applicant info

    Tester wants to remove legal barriers to information sharing.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  15. The Supreme Court has limited the president's power to make recess appointments and invalidated more than 100 National Labor Relations Board rulings in the process. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Supreme Court limits presidential recess appointments

    A pro forma Congressional session is all that is required to block such an appointment, court rules.

    • Jun. 26, 2014
  16. The Senate and the House disagree on IRS funding. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Senate panel boosts IRS funding for 2015

    Legislation stands in opposition to budget-cutting House bill.

    • Jun. 24, 2014
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