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Protections For Rome DFAS Passes In Annual Defense Bill

Following a push by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer and Congressman Richard Hanna, Congress has passed a measure that will provide additional protections for DFAS workers in Rome.

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Photo Credit: Win McNamee, Getty Images
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Policy Snags Hold Up to $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lingering snags caused by policy differences are holding up a must-pass, $1.1 trillion spending bill in Congress, including a provision that could lead to pension cuts for more than 1 million retirees and a plan to relax new regulations on some risky financial products.

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House Moves To Extend Tax Breaks Through December

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is moving to extend a $45 billion package of expired tax breaks through the end of the year. The bill would enable millions of businesses and individuals to claim the tax breaks on their 2014 returns.

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Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images
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Keystone, Immigration Top First Day Of Lame Duck

WASHINGTON (AP) — A political gambit by an endangered Senate Democrat is breaking loose long-stalled legislation to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline as the lame-duck Congress returns to a Capitol in which the results of last week's GOP blowout are still sinking in.

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David McNew, Getty Images
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Ebola Workers Ask Congress For Help

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health workers on the front line of the Ebola crisis say the need for urgent help isn't letting up. They are making that pitch as Congress begins considering President Barack Obama's $6.2 billion emergency aid request to fight the disease.

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Mark Wilson, Getty Images
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Obama, GOP Leaders Test Their Will For Compromise

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's Washington's billion-dollar question: whether President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans can really make nice and forestall ever-greater dysfunction under divided government.

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GOP Wins More Than Enough Seats To Control

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans aren't yet done adding to their numbers in the Senate. They've now won more than the six seats they needed to control the Senate next year.

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Congress Criticizes Obama’s Military Strategy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism after more than a decade of war.

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Photo Credit: Brendan Hoffman, Getty Images
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House, Senate Debate Measures Going Nowhere

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House and Senate are controlled by different political parties, but both are spending time these days on similar paths: debating measures that everyone knows are going nowhere.

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Summer Break Over, Must-Do Tasks Await Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is returning for a short September session in between its summer break and the November elections. The must-do list includes preventing a government shutdown and extending a freeze on taxing access to the Internet.

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