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Congress OKs funding shift to keep VA hospitals open

Leo Shane III, Staff writer 3:02 p.m. EDT July 30, 2015 Military Times Congress has agreed to allow the VA to use funds assigned solely to the new Choice Card program to cover other account shortfalls. Veterans Affairs Department officials will get the budget help they need to avoid facility shutdowns in August after the Senate approved a last-minute deal Thursday. The move comes a day after House... [Read more]

Here come the freshmen: Military veterans among Congress’ newest class

By ERICA WERNER The Associated Press January 4, 2015 WASHINGTON — Congress’ approval rating hovers around 15 percent, but there’s one group of people excited about the institution: the newly elected lawmakers who are about to join its ranks. The House will welcome 58 freshmen this coming week, including 43 Republicans and 15 Democrats, pushing the GOP majority to 246 members, the most... [Read more]

$1.1 trillion spending bill passes House after pleas from Obama, GOP leaders

By S.A. Miller and Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times – Thursday, December 11, 2014 Associated Press A last-minute plea from President Obama and fatigued GOP leaders overcame rebellions from both conservatives and liberals, clearing the $1.1 trillion spending bill through the House on Thursday in a dramatic late-night vote. Democrats huddled for more than three hours, and were visited... [Read more]