Families of service members who commit suicide are lobbying the White House to overturn a policy preventing the president from sending them condolence letters.
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Harry Reid, D-Nev., wants to move off healthcare reform early next week and take up the nearly $450 billion fiscal 2010 spending package.
Watchdog says state agencies used different methodologies to report jobs data.
The package includes six fiscal 2010 appropriations bills and a 2 percent pay raise for civilian employees.
Senate will spend the weekend working through an omnibus appropriations bill and will return to the health debate next week.
Immigration reforms sought by administration could expand agency’s workload in 2010.
Omnibus contains six unfinished appropriations bills; second measure will address Defense spending.
Air Force Gen. Duncan McNabb says the military successfully moved almost the same number of personnel into the country this year.
Legislation would establish an 18-member bipartisan commission to make recommendations to Congress on how to cut the deficit.
With bigger role and more dangerous posts, security service struggles to balance reliance on contractors.