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Top TSA administrator to face Senate Transportation Committee next week

The head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), one of the least popular federal agencies, will testify next week before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on his agency’s most “recent efforts.” 

John Pistole’s testimony comes at a time when the TSA has continued to draw criticism for allowing weapons through airport security and for the inappropriate conduct of some of its agents. 

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Jackson Lee bashes Perry over racially charged name of former-hunting camp

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) tore into her home state governor, GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry on Thursday night, suggesting that if there was time to deal with his visits to a hunting camp with a racially offensive name, there ought also to be time to encourage members of the deficit cutting supercommittee to raise taxes. 

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Vote scheduled in Senate on tax withholding bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced on Thursday night that a deal had been struck to allow a procedural vote on, H.R. 674, a bill that was cleared by the House that would repeal an onerous 2006 requirement that all levels of government withhold 3 percent of payments to government contractors.

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US becoming a kleptocracy, warns liberal senator

The United States may be moving toward kleptocracy, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) warned on Thursday, just hours after he voted to increase taxes by $60 billion to fund infrastructure programs and a new government lending agency.

Whitehouse was not referring to the government but banks, which he said are allowed to act with impunity against powerless individuals by charging outrageous interest rates, overwhelming students with school-related debt, and denying individuals who are underwater on their mortgages the rights of bankruptcy.

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Senate defeats Republicans' alternate 'jobs' plan

A majority of Democrats and one Republican voted to block the GOP alternative "jobs" plan on Thursday afternoon.

The transportation bill, defeated 47-53, would have funded highway infrastructure spending, highway safety programs and public transportation needs for the next two years, paying for it with a $40 billion rescission to unobligated federal funds.

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Senate GOP proposes two-year transportation bill funded with $40 billion rescission

Senate Republicans have put forward a transportation bill that would fund highway infrastructure spending, highway safety programs and public transportation needs for the next two years, and pay for it with a $40 billion rescission to unobligated federal funds.

The Senate on Thursday afternoon will vote on a motion to proceed to this bill, S. 1786, after the Senate votes on a motion to proceed to the Democratic alternative. The Democratic bill would spend $60 billion on transportation infrastructure programs and pay for it with a new tax on income earned above $1 million.

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