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House passes budget resolution with pay, benefits cuts

Measure includes federal pay freeze and changes to pension contribution levels.

Study shows budget deal will cut spending by only $352 million

Congressional Budget Office analysis shows total outlays are actually some $3.3 billion more than in 2010, if emergency spending is included.

Congress passes bill funding government through September

Vote allows lawmakers to leave for Easter recess.

Former White House, congressional leaders call for faster appointment process

They back a bill working its way through the Senate that would exempt 200 positions from formal confirmation.

Obama unveils deficit reduction framework

Administration claims $4 trillion through spending cuts, calls for repeal of Bush tax cuts.

Senate committee votes to streamline confirmation process

Roughly 200 presidential appointees would no longer require Senate confirmation under a bill that passed committee on Wednesday.

Bill to force firing of seriously tax delinquent feds and contractors advances

House committee also votes to double the probation period for civilian hires from one to two years.

Death Wish?

Republicans pushing to revamp Medicare could find themselves voted out of office in the next election.

What's in the spending bill?

Labor, health, and education programs were cut by $5.5 billion; Defense got a raise.

Budget cutting a difficult task

Composition of cuts in budget agreement shows the difficulties of reducing spending for the White House and Congress.