House Appropriations Committee is expected to consider the top-line funding levels for all 12 annual spending bills.
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Harvard University law professor Elizabeth Warren appears to be the frontrunner.
Energy report shows federal funding for electric battery research yields economic dividends.
Initiative continues through September.
Contract spending increased by 4 percent in fiscal 2009, a considerably lower growth rate than in prior years.
Winners will receive millions of dollars in prize money for developing innovations in satellite launch technology, energy storage and robotics.
Restructuring aims to eliminate conflicts of interest in offshore energy management.
The House passed a measure earlier this month capping discretionary spending for fiscal 2011 at $1.121 trillion.
Measure would split the troubled Minerals Management Service into three entities so that leasing, oversight and revenue-collection operations would be separate.
CMS identified more than $1 billion in improper payments between 2005 and 2008.