The secretary of State will remain in the hospital for 48 hours.
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Deal pending in Congress’s final hours would not prevent across-the-board cuts.
Senate leaders to work together to try to forge last-minute compromise.
Process would not unfold immediately on Jan. 2, and would not be the same across all agencies.
Is the White House side-stepping the Senate confirmation process?
Agency faces stark choices in balancing short-term needs and long-term obligations.
Higher-ups often leave for agency contractors.
First item on the agenda? Per-diem rates.
Move would end two-year prohibition on across-the-board increases.
For too many lawmakers, a Defense Secretary Hagel would be a nagging reminder of what they got wrong.