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House approves federal pay raise; sends omnibus to Senate

The package includes six fiscal 2010 appropriations bills and a 2 percent pay raise for civilian employees.

Spending bills will top Senate agenda, likely through weekend

Senate will spend the weekend working through an omnibus appropriations bill and will return to the health debate next week.

Budget crunch could force fee hikes at immigration agency

Immigration reforms sought by administration could expand agency’s workload in 2010.

Conferees approve first part of year-end spending package

Omnibus contains six unfinished appropriations bills; second measure will address Defense spending.

Commander says surge can be done quickly

Air Force Gen. Duncan McNabb says the military successfully moved almost the same number of personnel into the country this year.

Panel unveils deficit commission bill

Legislation would establish an 18-member bipartisan commission to make recommendations to Congress on how to cut the deficit.

Expanding mission of State’s Diplomatic Security Bureau concerns lawmakers, GAO

With bigger role and more dangerous posts, security service struggles to balance reliance on contractors.

Obama's Dec. 9 order is similar to a Clinton mandate.

Obama creates labor-management council

The executive order does not include expanded bargaining power favored by unions.

A Loyal Following

Obama’s backers are dogged in their support of him.

House may move soon on first of two omnibus measures

Package is expected to be attached to Transportation-HUD spending legislation and to include five other non-defense appropriations bills.