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An A-10 coming in for a landing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base April, 2014.

The House passed a defense funding bill Thursday that would keep the Air Force's A-10 fighter jets flying for another year. Read more» 1

In the face of a proposal to retire the entire A-10 fleet, Rep. Ron Barber said he would fight to keep the Warthog flying, calling the aircraft "crucial to our community, to Davis-Monthan, and to the country." While the Pentagon said cutting the plane would save $3.5 billion over five years, Barber said it would only save $700,000 "after having already spent $1 billion to upgrade" the attack aircraft. (with video) Read more»

A pothole in Evanston, Illinois

Sequestration—the automatic across-the-board cuts that started earlier this year—are a disaster for the American people. Unless lawmakers act, it’s going to be even worse in 2014. Read more»

Fort Campbell is fighting a battle on the home front: automatic federal budget cuts — known as sequestration — set in motion after Congress and the White House failed to agree on other ways to shrink U.S. deficits. Read more»

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, shown here in a May photo, said he called for civilian furloughs 'reluctantly' but that they were crafted to have the least impact on defense readiness while meeting budget-cutting goals under sequestration.

Defense Department furloughs that took effect Monday will mean about a 20 percent reduction in pay for the rest of this fiscal year for the roughly 8,400 department civilian employees in Arizona. The furloughs do not affect active military, but most civilian defense workers will lose 11 days of pay between now and Sept. 30 because of sequestration. Read more»

The Department of Justice has an opening for what could be a dream job for many newly minted lawyers: serving as a special attorney in the Office of Enforcement Operations. Among other responsibilities, the new hire could be helping the Electronic Surveillance Unit review applications for wiretaps in major federal criminal investigations. Read more»

An interview with U.S. Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD 2). Then, it's the Reporters' Roundtable with Dan Shearer, editor of the Green Valley News, and Sarah Garrecht Gassen, editorial writer and columnist for The Arizona Daily Star. Plus, the Weekend Watch with Matt Russell. Read more»

The federal budget has dominated the policy and political debate in Washington over the past three years. During this time, both the underlying fiscal landscape and the broader economic context for the debate have shifted in very important ways, yet the debate has remained remarkably static. Most policymakers seem to be stuck in 2010, as if nothing has changed in the years since. Read more»

Rep. Ron Barber, D-Tucson, here in a 2012 photo, wrote House Appropriations Committee leaders urging them to approve a deal that could head off threatened furloughs of Border Patrol agents.

Border Patrol agents may not face furlough days if leaders of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approve a Department of Homeland Security plan that would cut agents’ overtime pay instead. Rep. Ron Barber, D-Tucson, wrote to the ranking members of the Appropriations Committee Tuesday and urged them to act on the proposal. Read more»

Sequestration protest

It’s Day 90 of sequestration—the across-the-board spending cuts that went into effect March 1, which the Obama administration predicted would be devastating and conservatives insisted wouldn’t be so bad. Three months in, it’s worth asking how harmful the phased-in cuts have been—although that depends on whom you ask. Read more»

Interviews with Patrick McNamara of Inside Tucson Business, Penelope Jacks of the Children's Action Alliance, state Sen. David Bradley (D-LD10), along with U.S. Rep. Ron Barber (D-CD2), Councilman Paul Cunningham, and 'Ace' Thakore of Pointguardu.com. Read more»

The air traffic control tower at Phoenix's Sky Harbor.

A number of Republicans are using misleading numbers when they say the Federal Aviation Administration should cut consultants and travel before resorting to furloughs that are causing airport delays. Read more»

Both parties are putting political spin on the deficit reduction contained in President Obama's $3.78 trillion budget plan. Read more»

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd, shown at a hearing earlier this week, said Friday his union would be willing to give up time-and-a-half overtime pay in order to avoid furloughs.

Border Patrol agents would be willing to give up time-and-a-half overtime pay if it meant they would not have to be furloughed as part of mandated federal spending cuts, their union president testified Friday. Read more» 1

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd, who previously worked in the Tucson sector, told lawmakers Thursday that sequestration cuts now would be coming at the worst possible time for border security.

Border Patrol agents told House members and congressional staffers Thursday that this is the worst possible time to cut the agency’s budget as the country clamors for immigration reform that includes a secure border. Read more»

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