Bill would raise limit above the $13 trillion ceiling the House approved last year.
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Congress so far has approved about $16 billion to repair and replace equipment lost in combat.
Top leaders discuss ways to upgrade technology in government to improve management.
But officials assert that Abdulmutallab would not have been flagged because he was not already identified in key intelligence and law enforcement databases.
Navy official says he doesn't know how much more improved ship maintenance will cost, but has ordered his command to cut expense everywhere it can.
Observers say political objections could make reforms difficult.
Lawmakers want Obama to grant illegal Haitian immigrants temporary refuge through a controversial emergency program.
House panels will investigate systemic and human errors involved in Dec. 25 failed attempt to blow up a Northwest flight.
Virginia Republican says defense budgets have not been adequate to meet the needs of the Navy and Marine Corps.
President Obama promises massive, multiagency relief effort in Haiti.