Administration claims $4 trillion through spending cuts, calls for repeal of Bush tax cuts.
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Roughly 200 presidential appointees would no longer require Senate confirmation under a bill that passed committee on Wednesday.
House committee also votes to double the probation period for civilian hires from one to two years.
Republicans pushing to revamp Medicare could find themselves voted out of office in the next election.
Labor, health, and education programs were cut by $5.5 billion; Defense got a raise.
Composition of cuts in budget agreement shows the difficulties of reducing spending for the White House and Congress.
Maryland House member gives few details of Dems' alternative but vows to restore Clinton-era tax rates.
PIOs don’t have adequate resources or time to identify poor-performing employees, report finds.
Lawmakers still have to formally vote on handshake agreement reached at midnight Friday to fund agencies for the rest of fiscal 2011.
Rep. Ross would double current one-year period and define performance criteria more precisely.