Collins and Nelson say they will not commit to backing a final bill worth more than $800 billion.
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Former Clinton administration official says one way to increase transparency is to produce activity-based budgets.
Two bills have slipped through the cracks while the White House hammers out procedures for giving the public at least five days to review non-emergency legislation before the president signs it.
The agency will remain in the Commerce Department, but report directly to the White House.
Armed Services Committee approves four nominees, including former Raytheon executive.
Ranking member of Intelligence Committee continues to probe Leon Panetta's views on rendition.
Peanut Corporation of America is the focus of an investigation into a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that has left eight people dead.
Some say Defense has been calling the shots in recent years, especially with Republican and Democratic lawmakers eager to please the military brass.
Proposal allows workers to file a complaint with the appropriate agency's inspector general if they believe they have faced retaliation for disclosing waste or mismanagement of stimulus funds.
Officials notify contractors that no option years will be exercised until independent appraisal is completed.