Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., says agency expeditures on attending events have grown by about 70 percent in five years.
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Budget proposal would encourage Blue Cross Blue Shield to offer consumer-directed health plans; company says it is not sure it will do so.
Inventory identifies $9 billion in unneeded buildings.
After reviewing bill, senators find it preferable to the House version and say it can be further improved in conference negotiations.
Congress need not step in to help, Mark McClellan says.
Democrats have a decent chance of gaining the 15 seats they need to take over the House in midterm elections, according to a National Journal analysis.
Pentagon leaders make the case for continuing long-term programs, some of which date back to Cold War.