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Why Camden, N.J., the Murder Capital of the Country, Disbanded Its Police Force

Critics decried the reorganization as nothing more than union busting. By laying off the officers and rehiring them as county employees, Camden was able to slash officer pay ... its veteran officers. ... read more

Senate passes bipartisan spending package as lawmakers eye shutdown deadline

Lawmakers hope to pass another spending package, containing bills to fund the Pentagon and the Health and Human ... programs allowing veterans to receive private care coordinated by VA. This follows a ... read more

Senate approves 1st spending bill to avert partial government shutdown

Lawmakers hope to pass another spending package, containing bills to fund the Pentagon and the Health and Human ... programs allowing veterans to receive private care coordinated by VA. This follows a ... read more

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Must-Reads Of The Week From Brianna Labuskes

Newsletter editor Brianna Labuskes, who reads everything on health care ... to pay more for medication used by Medicare beneficiaries) that pharma hates and has been pestering lawmakers about ... read more


Conferees agree on nearly $675B in defense spending

PERSONNEL AND PAY RAISES: The compromise bill would also provide $143.2 billion in total funding for military personnel, boosting troop levels by 16,400 over fiscal 2018 levels ... and $97.1 billion f... read more

Lawmakers Haggle Over Spending Bill

The agreements, struck privately in back-room discussions all over the Capitol, came amid a push by congressional leaders to finish spending work that has been overdue since Oct. 1, when the new budge... read more

Trump Is Sabotaging a Veterans’ Health Care Law He Just Signed

Last Wednesday, Donald Trump gathered lawmakers ... from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) budget that could have been used to remediate the agency’s long-standing capacity problems—the agency ... read more

How Will the Air Force Pay for its Budget-Busting Next-Generation Bomber?

A top Air Force official on Wednesday floated a potentially controversial scheme to pay for the service’s pricey next-generation ... is expected to cost more than $62 billion over its projected 30-yea... read more

The Health 202: Here's what in the Senate opioid bill -- and what didn't make the cut

Most public health ... Budget Office projects a House bill that would delay or repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act would cost the government $51.6 billion over the next decade. The CBO analysis pr... read more

Lawmakers' costly plan to fix Veterans Affairs is temporary, or not

When it passed legislation to fix the troubled Veterans Affairs Department, Congress managed to do two things lawmakers ... care, budget office projections indicate. "It's going to be treated like any ... read more

Fix for Veterans Choice shortfall fails in the House with little funds left

Lawmakers failed Monday evening to pass a bill that would have pumped more money into the Veterans Choice Fund, one of several resource streams VA uses to pay for veterans to receive community health ... read more

Now that it’s law, veterans service organizations want Congress to actually pay for VA MISSION Act

Over 30 veterans service organizations are calling ... The law authorizes a new, consolidated community health care program but doesn’t appropriate enough funding to pay for it. Senate Appropriations ... read more



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