Sen. Harry Reid wants the chamber to pass a continuing resolution, short-term debt limit increase, Defense spending bill and health care overhaul before the holiday.
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Chamber also approves five-day continuing resolution to keep the Pentagon running until the Senate passes and the president signs the appropriations measure.
Inefficiencies and fraud in contracting programs lead lawmakers to weigh legislation updating the department’s business practices.
The president’s approval ratings have moved down a notch or two in recent weeks.
Alabama senator is blocking the nominations of Erin Conaton as the Air Force's No. 2 civilian leader and Frank Kendall as Defense acquisition and technology chief.
Without better leadership, USPS won’t reap the full benefits of a program to avoid giving injured employees busy work, GAO says.
After Pentagon briefing on Fort Hood shootings, chairman and ranking member of Homeland Security panel conclude Army needs to upgrade its personnel policies.
Lawmaker wants probe into whether administration misused federal money when Education officials pushed schools to change how they make student loans.
Top Republican on Finance Committee wants figures on delinquent Medicare and Medicaid health care providers.
Additional funding could keep the VH-71 alive and its workforce largely intact as the Pentagon reviews plans for fielding a new presidential helicopter.