Reaching backward would allow Republicans to spread out the pain more, but would invalidate a rationale for retreating from $100 billion savings goal.
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Money would be better spent on future space projects, Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson says.
Despite deal, Fastenal continues to deny allegations it overcharged government customers and failed to disclose commercial sales practices.
Agency will eliminate 7,500 jobs and press for changes in pension funding, postmaster general says.
GOP House members are signaling they will go along with raising the limit, but will use the move as leverage for spending cuts.
Lawmakers have a constitutional responsibility to fund the Pentagon properly, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., argues.
Documents surface as France-based Sodexo awaits outcome of bid to renew agreement.
Technology office plans to cut 1,200 contract employees and hire 1,000 feds.
The service has deferred the retirement of his former commander, Rear Adm. Lawrence Rice, pending an official probe.
Commandant notes cancellation of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle could make way for development of a better and more affordable amphibious assault vehicle.