Democratic momentum is slowing but not yet reversing.
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Gerald Walpin alleges his termination was "unlawful and procedurally defective."
Billions of taxpayer dollars are at stake along with major contracting work for defense and intelligence companies and commercial providers of satellite imagery.
Democrats criticize the president's assertion he had the right to issue one on the wartime supplemental spending bill over language on IMF and World Bank funding.
Procurement law expert tells congressional panel that the Pentagon should hire every available qualified contracting professional.
The House-passed version of the Defense authorization bill includes a $369 million down payment for 12 F-22s in fiscal 2011.
Low bids will allow agencies to fund more projects than expected.
Leaders call on administration to address problems with General Schedule before creating a new framework.
Federal program, which will hold a sign-up in August, will pay farmers for maintaining and increasing conservation activities.
Vote expected to be close, despite Obama's veto promise.