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Military construction-VA spending bill sails through Senate panel

July 8, 2009 The Senate Appropriations Committee easily approved a $133.9 billion spending bill for military construction projects and the Veterans Affairs Department on Tuesday, a day after it sailed through subcommittee. The vote was 21-0. Last month, the House Appropriations Committee approved a $133 billion spending bill. The Senate measure includes $76.7...

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Military construction-VA package passes Senate subcommittee

July 7, 2009 The Senate Military Construction-VA Appropriations Subcommittee unanimously approved a nearly $134 billion spending package for fiscal 2010 on Monday. The subcommittee moved the bill by unanimous consent without any amendments. It provides $133.9 billion, including $76.7 billion in discretionary spending. On June 24, the House Appropriations Committee approved a $133...

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Panel lays groundwork to buy more fighter jets

June 17, 2009 The House Armed Services Committee early this morning voted unanimously to approve the fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill, sending a measure to the floor that could keep alive the F-22 Raptor fighter jet despite the Pentagon's plans to end the program. At the tail end of a markup that spanned...

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FEMA, HUD get more heat for post-Katrina relocation

May 22, 2009 The Federal Emergency Mangement Agency and the Housing and Urban Development Department came under fresh criticism Friday for failing to finish relocating the remaining displaced residents of 2005's Hurricane Katrina who live in temporary trailers. At a House Transportation and Infrastructure Economic Development Subcommittee hearing, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C.,...

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Recession spurs Postal Service bid to cut mail deliveries

January 29, 2009 Citing the U.S. Postal Service's declining financial situation, Postmaster General John Potter urged Congress Wednesday to drop an annual appropriations provision requiring mail delivery six days a week. During a hearing on the impact of the current recession on the Postal Service, Potter told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental...

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Future of bill blocking truck program still up for grabs

September 16, 2008 Although a bill blocking the Transportation Department's cross-border trucking program sailed through the House last week, its future is still uncertain. The bill would prohibit the Transportation Secretary from allowing any future pilot programs that allow Mexican-based commercial semi-trucks to operate in the United States beyond the 20-mile wide "commercial...

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Agencies detail plans to decrease aviation congestion

July 15, 2008 While Transportation Department and Federal Aviation Administration officials said Tuesday they were implementing new strategies to reduce air traffic congestion, an industry representative said Transportation was relying on unproven experiments. At a Senate Commerce Aviation Subcommittee hearing, Air Transport Association Executive Vice President John Meenan said service reductions by major...

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Lawmaker assails Pentagon for inaction on contractors

July 10, 2008 Senate Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Byron Dorgan of North Dakota Wednesday castigated the Defense Department for not addressing contractor malfeasance in Iraq. "I've seen precious little activity out of the Pentagon," Dorgan said at a meeting of his panel, which focused on Kellogg, Brown and Root. Charles Smith, the former...

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House subpanel approves bill to help soldiers terminate service contracts

July 7, 2008 The House Veterans' Affairs Economic Opportunity Subcommittee passed a bill June 26 making it easier for active duty soldiers to terminate service contracts. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Pa., amends the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, a bill intended to provide soldiers with financial protection. The bill was approved...

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Legislation extends residency rights to military spouses

July 7, 2008 The House Veterans' Affairs Economic Opportunity Subcommittee unanimously approved a bill in late June extending residency rights to spouses of service members. Sponsored by Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, the bill was approved by voice vote. The bill affects spouses of service members who accompany his or her military spouse to...