Vilsack says less cropland will be converted to forestland than report suggests.
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Officials say intelligence and reconnaissance equipment will play a big role in Afghanistan mission.
Senators say they will not support increase of the national debt limit beyond $12.3 trillion without a plan to create a debt-reduction panel.
A favorable Congressional Budget Office score of a plan to allow OPM to negotiate rates with private insurers on behalf of a national plan would help lock down support.
$20 million blanket purchase agreement was awarded at the request of the Geospatial Line of Business, chaired by the Interior Department.
Officials assure lawmakers they have strategies to steer clear of the waste, fraud and abuse that plagued Iraq procurements.
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.
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.