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McKeon insists on hearing from the military on ‘don’t ask’

Presumptive House Armed Services chairman says he wants to hear from the chiefs of the military services and field commanders on repealing ban.

House looks to pass full fiscal year CR

Senate will either attach an omnibus spending bill, or adopt longer-term continuing resolution to keep government running.

Marine Corps, Army chiefs oppose ending 'don't ask' this year

Leaders say ending the ban on openly gay troops now would distract forces from combat training and operations.

Consumer complaint website will test wisdom of crowds

Agency approval of a March 2011 launch of online tool for reports on harmful products promises unprecedented information, risk of defamation.

Commission sets stage for 2011 budget debate

Panel co-chairmen expect House spending blueprint to include many of their recommendations.

WikiLeaks did 'significant damage' to diplomacy, State official says

State's assessment of disclosure of classified cables differs starkly from comments made by Defense secretary.

Gates warns against gambling on 'don't ask' repeal

Delaying a vote until after the lame duck session could mean the courts decide the issue, Defense secretary says.

Texan expresses confidence he'll win Armed Services contest

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.

Republican Susan Collins of Maine co-sponsored the bill.

New law would require better training in building energy management

Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act now moves to president’s desk for signature.

Postal Service embraces reform legislation

Federal officials support measures increasing agency’s flexibility, but union leaders fight Saturday delivery proposal.