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Senate clears Energy and Water bill, Agriculture up next

Lawmakers approve amendment that requires competitive bidding on projects funded by the Energy bill, with some exceptions.

Postal Service health is still a concern

Lawmakers worry about potential disruption to communities resulting from a switch to five-day delivery and post office closures.

House votes to end F-22 fighter jet production

President Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other senior administration officials are pushing to end the program.


SBA points to progress combating abuse of HUBZone program

Administrator Karen Mills testifies the agency has increased site visits and is reforming its process of certifying firms’ eligibility.

From Nextgov.com: Agencies fail to make information sharing a priority

Intel official tells lawmakers the system for implementing cross-government efforts is broken.

Effort to salvage helicopter program draws veto threat

White House "strongly objects" to any funding in the Defense authorization bill that would continue the troubled presidential helicopter program.

Senate subcommittee approves Labor-HHS spending bill

The legislation, scheduled for a full committee markup on Thursday, includes $30.8 billion for the National Institutes of Health.

General: Air National Guard needs new fighter jets

Air National Guard's requirements are especially urgent because planes are older and there is no plan to address their early "age-out," official says.

Cost of Senate health care bill pegged at $900 billion

Tax on insurance companies would help cover the costs.

McCaskill will wait on Alaska native contracting reform

Democratic senator withdraws amendment to Defense spending bill that would have required ANCs to operate under sole-source caps.