Presumptive House Armed Services chairman says he wants to hear from the chiefs of the military services and field commanders on repealing ban.
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Senate will either attach an omnibus spending bill, or adopt longer-term continuing resolution to keep government running.
Leaders say ending the ban on openly gay troops now would distract forces from combat training and operations.
Agency approval of a March 2011 launch of online tool for reports on harmful products promises unprecedented information, risk of defamation.
Panel co-chairmen expect House spending blueprint to include many of their recommendations.
State's assessment of disclosure of classified cables differs starkly from comments made by Defense secretary.
Delaying a vote until after the lame duck session could mean the courts decide the issue, Defense secretary says.
The prospect of Silvestre Reyes becoming the top Democrat on military committee has created a complicated race for the ranking member position on Intelligence, the panel he currently chairs.
Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act now moves to president’s desk for signature.
Federal officials support measures increasing agency’s flexibility, but union leaders fight Saturday delivery proposal.