WASHINGTON (AP) — A second, deeper round of automatic federal budget cuts is on its way, and it's going to hit the Pentagon hard.
Already reeling from a $34 billion budget blow this year due to deficit-driven spending reductions known as sequestration, the Defense Department would feel an additional $20 billion punch in 2014. All told, the Pentagon's budget for next year would be cut by about 10 percent below levels approved just six months ago.
20. Obama challenges GOP to accept corporate tax deal - Friday, July 26, 2013
CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Seeking to ease Washington gridlock, President Barack Obama on Tuesday challenged Republicans to accept a new fiscal deal to cut corporate tax rates in exchange for more government spending on jobs programs.21. Anxiety brews among immigration supporters - Friday, July 19, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of far-reaching immigration legislation fear they're losing the message war and say an all-out campaign is needed from business groups and other outside advocates with ties to House Republicans to turn it around.22. Dems pin immigration hopes on GOP's Ryan - Friday, July 12, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats doggedly pursuing a far-reaching immigration bill are counting on help from Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's running mate last year and an unlikely candidate for delivering the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's second-term agenda.23. Senate steps back from brink on nominations - Friday, July 12, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate stepped away from the brink of a meltdown on Tuesday, clearing the way for confirmation of several of President Barack Obama's nominees long blocked by Republicans, agreeing to quick action on unnamed others and finessing a Democratic threat to overturn historic rules that protect minority-party rights.24. Boehner sees will to act on immigration in House - Friday, July 12, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday the "vast majority" of House Republicans believe they need to deal with immigration, but that they'll take a methodical, step-by-step approach and won't be held to any deadlines.25. GOP rejects comprehensive approach on immigration - Friday, July 05, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are embracing a step-by-step approach to immigration, in contrast to the sweeping plan passed by the Senate and backed by the White House. But they're offering neither specifics nor a timetable — nor any mention of possible citizenship for an estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country unlawfully.26. Immigration bill faces uncertain future in House - Friday, June 28, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The immigration debate is shifting to the Republican-led House, where lawmakers have shown little appetite for the large-scale, comprehensive approach their Senate colleagues embraced last week.27. Immigration focus on House after Senate OKs bill - Friday, June 28, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attention is shifting to the House and its conservative majority after the Senate passed a landmark immigration bill opening the door to U.S. citizenship to millions while pouring billions of dollars into securing the border with Mexico.28. Budget office view boosts Senate immigration bill - Friday, June 14, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of a far-reaching immigration bill in the Senate see fresh momentum from a report by the Congressional Budget Office that says the measure would boost the economy and reduce federal deficits by billions of dollars.29. US gov't collecting huge number of phone records - Friday, June 07, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency's need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach.30. US gov't collecting huge number of phone records - Friday, May 31, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency's need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach.31. Events - Friday, May 31, 2013
Christian Scholars Conference. John Dean, former White House counsel for President Richard Nixon and key witness for the prosecution before the Senate Watergate Committee and the Watergate trials, will be one of three keynote speakers at the 33rd annual Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars’ Conference (CSC), to be held through Saturday. Dean will speak on “The Ethical Legacy of Watergate” at 10:45 a.m., Saturday, June 8, in Collins Alumni Auditorium. A book-signing will follow at 12:15 p.m.32. Bipartisan bill would remake immigration system - Friday, April 12, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. immigration system would undergo dramatic changes under a bipartisan Senate bill that puts a new focus on prospective immigrants' merit and employment potential, while seeking to end illegal immigration once and for all by creating legal avenues for workers to come here.33. Lawmakers ready to unveil immigration deal - Friday, April 12, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators is almost ready to share with colleagues and voters an immigration overhaul crafted over several months.
The so-called Gang of Eight is finishing up the final details and is planning to unveil the proposed legislation on Tuesday. Even before the measure gets its first public airing, its authors were defending the program that would provide a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million individuals in this country who came illegally or overstayed their visit.34. AP source: Immigration bill could exclude many - Friday, April 12, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan immigration bill soon to be introduced in the Senate could exclude hundreds of thousands of immigrants here illegally from ever becoming U.S. citizens, according to a Senate aide with knowledge of the proposals.35. Critics revive past promises to knock Obama budget - Friday, April 05, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for seniors say President Barack Obama is breaking his promise to protect Social Security, while conservatives say he is breaking his promise not to raise taxes on the middle class.36. Tentative farm workers deal in immigration talks - Friday, April 05, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — A tentative deal has been reached between agriculture workers and growers, a key senator said Tuesday, smoothing the way for a landmark immigration bill to be released within a week.37. Raucous debate on immigration to get under way - Friday, April 05, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators writing a comprehensive immigration bill hope to finish their work this week, opening what's sure to be a raucous public debate over measures to secure the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country and grant eventual citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living here illegally.38. Immigration deal at hand, focus turns to details - Friday, March 29, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Big business and big labor have settled on a political framework for an immigration overhaul. Now, the lawmakers writing bipartisan legislation need to resolve the nitty-gritty — and keep their parties' political flanks mollified.39. Obama: Immigration bill could pass by summer - Friday, March 22, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pressed for swift action on a sweeping immigration bill Wednesday, saying last-minute obstacles are "resolvable" and predicting Congress could pass historic legislation by the end of the summer.40. Government fiscal outlook improving, but only for now - Friday, March 08, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite constant budget wrangling and finger-pointing by the nation's policy-makers, the government's short-term fiscal outlook isn't all that bad. It's actually getting better — at least for now.41. Obama presses on with GOP charm offensive - Friday, March 08, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pressed on with his Republican charm offensive Thursday, holding a White House lunch with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan in an effort to soften the ground for potential talks on a long-term deficit reduction deal.42. Efforts to avoid gov't shutdown move to Senate - Friday, March 01, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Efforts to stave off a late March government shutdown shifted to the Senate after House Republicans swiftly passed legislation to keep federal agencies running, while also easing some of the effects of $85 billion in budget cuts.43. Obama says no smart way to let budget cuts kick in - Friday, February 22, 2013
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — No progress to report in efforts to stave off looming government-wide spending cuts, President Barack Obama on Tuesday singled out for praise the few Republicans who say they're open to aspects of his approach, seeking to turn up the heat on GOP leaders ahead of Friday's deadline.44. Obama offering immigration plan as backup - Friday, February 15, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is downplaying its draft immigration proposal as merely a backup plan if lawmakers don't come up with an overhaul of their own. It won't be necessary, Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike are telling the Obama administration.45. Senate, White House struggle over Hagel impasse - Friday, February 15, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats and the White House struggled to break an impasse Thursday over Chuck Hagel's nomination as secretary of defense, with Republicans blocking speedy confirmation of their former colleague and Vietnam combat veteran.46. FACT CHECK: Overreaching in State of Union speech - Friday, February 08, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama did some cherry-picking Tuesday night in defense of his record on jobs and laid out a conditional path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that may be less onerous than he made it sound.47. White House: Hagel will win Senate confirmation - Friday, February 01, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday dismissed criticism of Chuck Hagel's hesitant congressional testimony and insisted that it expects the Senate to confirm him as defense secretary.
One day after Hagel was roughed up in a grueling confirmation hearing, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Hagel did a "fine job" and the Obama administration would be stunned if Republicans tried to block the nomination of a decorated Vietnam combat veteran and former two-term GOP senator.48. Republicans face a balancing act on immigration - Friday, February 01, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans face a delicate balancing act as they embrace an unprecedented shift in their views on immigration reform — and no one better exemplifies the potential risks and rewards than Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.49. GOP lawmakers see automatic cuts as leverage - Friday, January 25, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Driven by frustration over deficits and debt, Republican conservatives are pushing a politically risky move to permit painfully large automatic spending cuts to strike the Pentagon and domestic programs alike in an effort to force Democrats into making concessions on the budget.50. Senators reach agreement on immigration reform - Friday, January 25, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country.51. Hagel pick test of Senate on presidential choices - Friday, January 18, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the middle of a bitter fight over a Republican president's nominee for defense secretary, a former White House occupant pleaded with senators to give the president his choice for the Pentagon job.52. Critics complain Sandy aid tied to other projects - Friday, January 11, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives and watchdog groups are mounting a "not-so-fast" campaign against a $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package that Northeastern governors and lawmakers hope to push through the House this coming week.53. NRA says Congress will not pass weapons ban - Friday, January 11, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Vice President Joe Biden finalizes a package of recommendations for the president to curb gun violence, the National Rifle Association predicted that Congress is likely to block any new laws that would ban assault weapons.54. Santorum takes up fight against Hagel nomination - Friday, January 11, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican opposition to Chuck Hagel as the next defense secretary swelled from inside and outside the Senate Thursday as a former Senate colleague launched a campaign to block his nomination.55. Some urge Boehner: let Dems pass fiscal cliff bill - Friday, December 21, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — In case the public weren't frustrated enough over Congress' failure to resolve the "fiscal cliff," consider this: lawmakers probably could enact a compromise quickly and easily if Republican leaders let Democrats provide most of the votes.56. On foreign policy, Kerry is Obama's good soldier - Friday, December 14, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. John Kerry stands tall as President Barack Obama's good soldier.
The Massachusetts lawmaker has flown to Afghanistan and Pakistan numerous times to tamp down diplomatic disputes, spending hours drinking tea and taking walks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai or engaging in delicate negotiations in Islamabad.57. Kerry, Hagel front-runners to lead State, Defense - Friday, December 14, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who unsuccessfully sought the presidency in 2004 and has pined for the job of top diplomat, vaulted to the head of President Barack Obama's short list of secretary of state candidates after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice suddenly withdrew from consideration to avoid a contentious confirmation fight with emboldened Republicans.58. Russian trade, human rights bill heads to Obama - Friday, December 07, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian trade and human rights bill cleared Congress and headed for President Barack Obama's signature Thursday, opening up new export opportunities for American businesses but antagonizing relations with Russia over its treatment of dissidents.59. Fiscal cliff offers hint at more defense cuts - Friday, November 30, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans' "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama hints at billions of dollars in military cuts on top of the nearly $500 billion that the White House and Congress backed last year, and even the fiercest defense hawks acknowledge that the Pentagon faces another financial hit.60. Analysis: Obama aims high but doesn't gloat - Friday, November 09, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama walked a narrow path between ambition and realism, defiance and accommodation when he addressed reporters for the first time since winning a hard-fought election that gives him four more years to carve his place in history.61. Knoxville News Sentinel ends presidential endorsements - Friday, October 12, 2012
KNOXVILLE (AP) — The Knoxville News Sentinel has ended a decades-old tradition of endorsing presidential candidates, saying it no longer has any special access to the candidates.
Editor Jack McElroy said in a column (http://bit.ly/WpA2Ec) published Sunday it was a difficult decision.62. Analysis: Presidential debate to set tone for race - Friday, September 28, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — As millions of Americans watch, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney will be chasing opposite goals in their first debate. The key for Obama is to sit on his narrow lead without mishap, while Romney's challenge is to shake up the race and connect with voters.63. New ID laws could delay outcome of close election - Friday, September 21, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidential election is Nov. 6, but it could take days to figure out the winner if the vote is close. New voting laws are likely to increase the number of people who have to cast provisional ballots in key states.64. Gas prices unlikely to fall as fast as oil - Friday, September 21, 2012
Not so fast. That's the message for drivers hoping a recent drop in oil prices will soon show up at the gas station.
Oil has dropped $9 per barrel, or 9.1 percent, in less than two weeks. Gas prices tend to lag changes in oil, but experts don't expect a significant move lower until the middle of October.65. Top residential real estate transactions for August 2012 - Friday, September 21, 2012
August 2012 residential real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.66. Hagerty to go on leave to work for Romney campaign - Friday, September 07, 2012
NASHVILLE (AP) — Bill Hagerty is stepping away from his role as commissioner of the Economic and Community Development Department to work for Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.
Hagerty will serve a member of the campaign's presidential readiness team in Washington. He held a similar role in Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign four years ago.67. Senate fails to approve cybersecurity legislation - Friday, August 03, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate failed Thursday to pass legislation to protect the U.S. electrical grid, water supplies and other critical industries from cyberattack and electronic espionage, despite dire warnings from top national security officials about the potential for devastating assaults on American computer networks.68. Immigrants prove big business for prison companies such as CCA - Friday, July 27, 2012
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. is locking up more illegal immigrants than ever, generating lucrative profits for the nation's largest prison companies, and an Associated Press review shows the businesses have spent tens of millions of dollars lobbying lawmakers and contributing to campaigns.69. Defense official: Cuts hit warfighters, weapons - Friday, July 27, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Warfighters heading to Afghanistan would receive less training while the Navy would be forced to buy fewer ships if lawmakers fail in the next five months to come up with an alternative deficit-reduction plan, a Pentagon official said Wednesday.70. GOP senators launch tour warning of defense cuts - Friday, July 20, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans warning of the devastating impact from looming defense cuts will hit four presidential battleground states next week, ratcheting up the political pressure on President Barack Obama even though Congress endorsed the reductions.71. Report: 2M jobs lost if automatic cuts kick in - Friday, July 13, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Automatic cuts in federal spending will cost the economy more than 2 million jobs, from defense contracting to border security to education, if Congress fails to resolve the looming budget crisis, according to an analysis released Tuesday.72. State corporate campaign spending limits rejected - Friday, June 22, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday turned away a plea to revisit its 2-year-old campaign finance decision in the Citizens United case and instead struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending.73. Senate bill brings some big changes to farm policy - Friday, June 15, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Briefly putting election-year politics aside, the Senate on Thursday moved toward strong approval of legislation assuring that farmers hit by bad times will be protected and that millions of others hurt by the bad economy won't go hungry.74. GOP senators won't say if Obama plan is amnesty - Friday, June 15, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to President Barack Obama's new immigration policy, Senate Republicans are quite sure they don't like it. They just don't want to say if it amounts to amnesty, at least not yet, while they await guidance on the politically charged issue from presidential candidate Mitt Romney.75. Senate panel approves $631 billion defense bill - Friday, May 25, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has approved a $631 billion defense budget for next year, the same amount that President Barack Obama proposed for the military.
Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan and John McCain of Arizona announced Thursday that the Armed Services Committee had completed its closed-door work on the bill. The final amount puts the bill at odds with a House-passed measure that is $4 billion more.76. Dimon survives votes on pay, chairmanship - Friday, May 11, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The CEO of JPMorgan Chase survived a shareholder push Tuesday to strip him of the title of chairman of the board, five days after he disclosed a $2 billion trading loss by the bank.77. Obama, Romney star power shines on businesses - Friday, April 27, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the Obama effect: A presidential visit can be good advertising for restaurants and businesses.
Vermilion in Alexandria, Va., is one of the most recent establishments in the spotlight after President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, dined there on Valentine's Day.78. Democrats in GOP-leaning House races may aid Obama - Friday, April 27, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican-leaning areas in states vital to President Barack Obama's re-election prospects are drawing top-tier Democratic congressional candidates who, even if they lose, could help turn out the vote and boost Obama's chances of winning a second term.79. Senate votes to slow closing of post offices - Friday, April 20, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate offered a lifeline to the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday, voting to give the struggling agency an $11 billion cash infusion while delaying controversial decisions on closing post offices and ending Saturday delivery.80. A divided Congress confronts a rising cyberthreat - Friday, April 20, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The mysterious caller claimed to be from Microsoft and offered step-by-step instructions to repair damage from a software virus. The electric power companies weren't falling for it.81. Mommy Wars give way to Doggy Wars in Twitterverse - Friday, April 20, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) — So let's get all the puns out of the way, shall we? It's the issue with legs — four of them. The doggone thing won't go away. Has the presidential race just gone to the dogs? Or are we simply in those dog days between the primary season and the start of the general election?82. Stronger Mich. economy could hurt Romney's chances - Friday, April 20, 2012
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The unemployment rate in Michigan is high, its population is shrinking and scores of manufacturing plants have closed. Still, President Barack Obama's hopes for another electoral victory could depend on voters remembering a time when things were worse.83. GOP's McCain to Santorum: Time for 'graceful exit' - Friday, March 30, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain says Rick Santorum should recognize "it's time for a graceful exit" from the Republican presidential campaign in the wake of Mitt Romney's sweep of primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia.84. Is big GOP money finally flowing to Mitt Romney? - Friday, March 16, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — In an indication the GOP establishment may be starting to coalesce behind him, major contributors to a key Republican political organization founded by political strategist Karl Rove have boosted their financial support for front-runner Mitt Romney.85. Super Tuesday: What we learned - Friday, March 02, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in 10 states weighed in on the GOP presidential nomination race in its busiest day yet. Mitt Romney won six states, Rick Santorum clinched three and Newt Gingrich prevailed in one. And along the way, clues were gleaned from the results about the path ahead. A look at what we learned:86. Obama holds news conference, unveils housing plan - Friday, March 02, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is aiming mortgage relief at members of the military as well as homeowners with government-insured loans, the administration's latest efforts to address a persistent housing crisis.87. Obama: Birth control policy meets everyone's needs - Friday, February 10, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday he's found a solution to a birth-control uproar that will protect religious liberty but also ensure that women have access to free contraception, as he rushed to defuse an election-year issue that threatened to overtake his administration.88. Romney's bad day is Santorum's best in GOP race - Friday, February 03, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rick Santorum is looking to capitalize on a string of stunning victories that snapped his four-state losing streak and raised new questions about front-runner Mitt Romney's clout with conservatives.89. Major GOP 'super PACs' raised millions in 2011 - Friday, January 27, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The most significant "super" political committees in this year's presidential campaign revealed the names of their wealthy donors Tuesday. The casino mogul who with his wife contributed $10 million to Newt Gingrich's group gave five times more than the group collected from all other sources.90. Analysis: Presidential races flummox GOP's right - Friday, January 13, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's steadily rightward drift, exemplified by the tea party movement's muscle, keeps hitting a quadrennial paradox that frustrates social conservatives: presidential primaries.91. McCain raps high court's campaign finance ruling - Friday, January 06, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain says the Supreme Court ruling that led to formation of super PACs was "one of the worst decisions I have ever seen."92. McCain: Republican stance on payroll tax a mistake - Friday, December 16, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain said Thursday that Congress' failure to reach agreement on legislation extending a payroll tax cut for working Americans "hurts the Republican Party." The GOP's 2008 presidential nominee said his party made a mistake in voting down the Senate-passed version of a bill that would have kept the current payroll tax relief intact for at least two more months.93. FACT CHECK: Gingrich off on his budget history during debate - Friday, December 16, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newt Gingrich overlooked a couple of years of red ink when he asserted Thursday night that he balanced the budget for four years as House speaker. And in claiming sole credit for the achievement, he glossed over the fact that budgets are not a one-man show: There was a Democratic president in town, too.94. High court to look at state immigration laws - Friday, December 09, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to rule on Arizona's controversial law targeting illegal immigrants, setting the stage for an election-year decision on an issue that is already shaping presidential politics.95. FBI director raises concerns with detainee policy - Friday, November 25, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Robert Mueller on Monday raised significant concerns about requiring military custody for captured suspected terrorists, arguing that the divisive provision in a sweeping defense bill could harm ongoing terrorism investigations.96. Analysis: Gingrich gambles in bid to catch Romney - Friday, November 18, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newt Gingrich, a political gambler his whole life, is banking on unorthodox stands on immigration, Social Security and other issues to propel him past Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential contest.97. Defense hawks insist on sparing military from cuts - Friday, November 18, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' defense hawks insist the military should be spared from automatic cuts triggered by the failure of the supercommittee to reach a deal on reducing the deficit.
No way, says President Barack Obama, who Monday vowed to veto any effort to undo the roughly $1 trillion in across-the-board cuts, half from domestic programs and half from defense.98. Congress may try blocking cuts if debt panel fails - Friday, November 18, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Failure by Congress' debt-cutting supercommittee to recommend $1.2 trillion in savings by Wednesday is supposed to automatically trigger spending cuts in the same amount to accomplish that job.99. National Guard head pushes for Joint Chiefs spot - Friday, November 11, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief of the National Guard said Thursday he deserves full membership in the Joint Chiefs of Staff despite opposition from the current chairman and the service chiefs.
Testifying before a deeply divided Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Craig McKinley said expansion of the Joint Chiefs should include the individual who represents 465,000 members of the Army and Air National Guard, especially in a post-Sept. 11 world where the role of the National Guard has changed dramatically. Significant numbers of guardsmen and reservists have seen combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.100. Senate ready to approve jobs benefits for veterans - Friday, November 04, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — A united Senate is ready to emphatically approve legislation aimed at helping unemployed veterans and companies doing business with the government, a measure that includes the first, tiny slice of President Barack Obama's jobs plan that is likely to become law.