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 Federal Appropriations

  1. Appropriations Committee Chairman Sen. Barbara Mikulski said the bill found a compromise without 'capitulation on prinicple.' Mark Makela/Getty Images

    Funding bill passes House, shutdown still looms

    Senate given two days to debate $1 trillion spending bill.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  2. To recruit more health care providers, VA Secretary Robert McDonald has proposed pay hikes for VA doctors and dentists. Getty Images

    New data show long wait times remain at many VA hospitals

    More than 600,000 veterans 10 percent of all the Veterans Affairs patients continue to wait a month or more for appointments at VA hospitals and clinics, according to data obtained by USA Today.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  3. Unions are worried about congressional attacks on pay and benefits. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    After election, unions brace for attacks on pay, retirement benefits

    The next few years will be tough for federal employees as Congress tries harder to cut federal pay and benefits, according to union leaders.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  4. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel wants to strengthen DoD's partnership with Congress. Glenn Fawcett / U.S. Department of Defense

    Hagel says congressional partnership key to future BRAC round

    Resistance from lawmakers hinders progress on eliminating excess infrastructre, secretary says.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  5. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss have urged the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to push for a cybersecurity bill. Alex Wong/ / Getty Images

    Charm Offensive: Senate intel leaders push for US Chamber's help on cyber bill

    Feinstein, Chambliss bring a bipartisan plea to the chamber's Washington headquarters.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
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