Prosecution paints defendant as advancing lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s interests over the public’s; former procurement chief will appeal if found guilty on all counts.
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Industry says proposed provisions are onerous and duplicative, while environmental and labor groups say they don’t go far enough.
Legislation introduced by Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, requires beefed-up performance reviews, but stops short of fully linking raises to ratings.
Legislation would give 8 million federal workers access to free health records.
Full chamber passes $94.5 billion supplemental spending measure for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, border security, hurricane relief and pandemic flu preparedness.
Next week, House is scheduled to take up line-item veto, sunset commission legislation.
Denial of interview with top climate scientist ran against agency policy, official says in letter to lawmakers.