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Stories by Connor O'Brien:

GOP Senators Seek to Put Focus Back on VA Scandal

Jan. 29, 2015

A group of Republican senators hopes to return attention to accountability issues at the Veterans Affairs Department that have disappeared from the headlines.

Schiff Named Top Democrat on Intelligence Panel

Jan. 8, 2015

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that California Democrat Adam B. Schiff will be the next ranking member on the Intelligence Committee.

VA Settles With Three Phoenix Whistle-Blowers

Sept. 29, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs has reached settlements with three individuals who worked at the agency's medical center in Phoenix and complained that they were subjected to retaliation for blowing the whistle on wrongdoing.

Lawmakers Disagree on Discretionary Defense Cap

Sept. 16, 2014

As is typical in the defense authorization process, House and Senate lawmakers made differing choices over key policy and military hardware issues. Both bills, however, would adhere to the $514 billion discretionary cap for fiscal 2015 Pentagon base spending established by the Ryan-Murray budget.

Defense Authorization Again Headed Toward Last-Minute Dealmaking

Sept. 16, 2014

It was probably wishful thinking on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reids part when he added floor action on the annual defense policy bill to his crowded to-do list for the abbreviated September session.

House Panels Act on Lerner Resolutions

July 16, 2014

Two House panels swept aside Wednesday resolutions that would require the Pentagon and the Justice Department to produce any emails in its possession from embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner.

House Passes Defense Authorization, Despite Veto Threat

May 22, 2014

A broad and familiar coalition of Republicans and Democrats came together Thursday to pass an annual Pentagon policy bill, with House GOP leadership largely ducking some of the more contentious debates and amendments related to the National Defense Authorization Act.




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