Measures clear the panel along party lines, with Republicans withholding support amid concerns about discretionary spending levels.
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Bill targets workers who willfully avoid payments, but employee groups say it could end up punishing people trying to do the right thing.
The strain on military families does not end when the troops return from Iraq or Afghanistan.
Bipartisan group of former officials ask Justice Department to publicly oppose Calif. ballot initiative legalizing pot.
Elizabeth Warren will serve as an assistant to the president and special adviser to Treasury secretary.
Some of the recommendations in a highly critical Senate report are off-base, Defense IG says.
Service wants to accelerate procurement schedule at endangered Avondale facility that employs thousands of workers.
Possible consequences of not acting include broken or canceled programs and market uncertainty, acquisition executive says.
Makeup of the Budget and Appropriations panels likely will be significantly different after Nov. 2.
In afternoon confirmation hearing, Jack Lew says review will be one of his first actions if confirmed as budget chief.