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Fund proposed for female farmers in USDA bias cases

Bill creating a $4.6 billion compensation fund may mark beginning of multibillion-dollar congressional effort to settle discrimination suits.

Veterans to receive priority in VA contract awards

Final rule creates set-aside program for veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.

House leaders insist on statutory pay/go

Dems want to add to the fiscal 2010 spending package legislation that requires offsets for any tax and mandatory spending bills that increase the deficit.

House passes massive financial regulatory overhaul

The legislation creates a new consumer protection agency to guard against abusive and unfair home mortgages, credit cards and auto loans.

President requests review of policy on condolence letters

Families of service members who commit suicide are lobbying the White House to overturn a policy preventing the president from sending them condolence letters.

Senate majority leader offers a way to avoid weekend work on appropriations

Harry Reid, D-Nev., wants to move off healthcare reform early next week and take up the nearly $450 billion fiscal 2010 spending package.

GAO finds confusion among recipients of stimulus transportation funds

Watchdog says state agencies used different methodologies to report jobs data.

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.