The Transportation Security Administration is reconsidering its recent decision to arm U.S. commercial airline pilots with German-made Heckler & Koch handguns, only a few days after House Small Business Chairman Donald Manzullo, R-Ill., inquired about the agency's method of choosing a supplier, according to congressional and gun industry sources.
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Industry representatives on Tuesday defended Office of Management and Budget rules that require in-house teams winning government contracts to re-compete for projects at regular intervals. Unions and lawmakers have recently questioned the rules.
On the scale of the mammoth $369 billion Defense spending bill, a $3 million earmark to develop a lifesaving fabric for wounded soldiers is a pittance. But it symbolizes the hope of saving a textile mill in Lawrence, Mass.