The news this week is all about the budget deal released by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan late Tuesday. The budget does relieve some of sequestration’s impact over the next two years. It doesn’t do away with it, just lessens it. The budget would remove approximately $32 billion of planned sequester cuts from the Pentagon’s budget through 2015. It includes provisions for new federal employee hires to contribute 4.4 percent of their pay toward their pension, and military retirees under age 62 would receive a smaller pension. The House passed the budget last night. Now we wait for the Senate to do the same.