Proposed measure would give Budget Committee chair unprecedented power to set spending levels.
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Contractors polled by Grant Thornton blame Defense Contract Audit Agency for failing to promptly resolve procurement disputes.
Probe prompted by agency's revision of a report issued in the summer outlining alleged fraudulent recruiting practices at for-profit career colleges.
Executive order aims to fix or repeal rules seen as outdated or inefficient that could be restricting job growth.
Reaching backward would allow Republicans to spread out the pain more, but would invalidate a rationale for retreating from $100 billion savings goal.
Money would be better spent on future space projects, Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson says.
Despite deal, Fastenal continues to deny allegations it overcharged government customers and failed to disclose commercial sales practices.
Agency will eliminate 7,500 jobs and press for changes in pension funding, postmaster general says.
GOP House members are signaling they will go along with raising the limit, but will use the move as leverage for spending cuts.
Lawmakers have a constitutional responsibility to fund the Pentagon properly, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., argues.