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Fitz File: Wednesday, December 18

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Here's what you need to know from The Fitz File for Wednesday, December 18, 2013:

CONGRESSMAN WOLF RETIRES - Take out a pen and draw a circle around Virginias 10th Congressional District right now. It's about to become one of the biggest political battlegrounds in the 2014 midterm elections. After 33 years in office Republican Frank Wolf says he's retiring. Democrat John Foust is already running and so is Lawyer Richard Bolger. On the GOP St. Sen. Barbara Comstock & Attoney General Ken Cuccinelli are a possibility. Fun Fact: In Virginia you don't have to live in a Congressional district to run for its seat.

BUDGET DEAL - Put those government shutdown countdown calendars away. Fresh off the House's passage of the Ryan-Murray budget deal round 2 goes down today. The Senate is on track to finally clear the bill for President Obama's signature after a successful 67-33 test vote Tuesday. The bill restores $45 billion in sequester cuts from the 2014 operating budgets of the Pentagon and other agencies, lifting them above $1 trillion. Another $18 billion for 2015 would provide enough relief to essentially freeze spending at those levels for the year.

OBAMACARE MEETING - 2pm The President leaves DC for his annual Hawaiian Family Christmas Vacation at the end of the week, but not before a few more photo ops to push his Affordable Healthcare Act. No, he wasn't be taking questions from reporters about the sluggish sign up rates. The White House set up a group of un-identified "Moms" who the President and the First Lady will meet in the Oval Office to talk how Obamacare benefits their families. They will discuss the role moms are playing in helping their families access quality, affordable health care by encouraging their adult children, family members and peers to sign up for coverage. But again, no press questions, just a photographer pool spray at the end of the meeting.

FED WORKER MORALE - The good news for Federal Workers: They are #1 in the polls. The bad news: It's a poll on the worst places to work. Job satisfaction in Feds sunk to an all-time low in 2013, according to a new study by the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte ranking the best and places to work. And the worst of the worst? The poll found Department of Homeland Security kept its place from 2012 as the worst place to work in the federal government, as 19th out of 19. Best was NASA’s who has the happiest workers.


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