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The Defense Department has finished setting up a massive computer system to handle pay, benefits and personnel records for the more than 800,000 civilians that work for the department worldwide, according to Pentagon officials.
A deal in the Senate on homeland security legislation remains unlikely after a day of back-and-forth between Republicans and Democrats over the bill.
Senate Republicans Thursday again blocked a vote on a key homeland security amendment, scuttling any chance Congress would create a Homeland Security Department before the elections.
Republicans and Democrats may be close to a deal on homeland security legislation that could lead to Senate approval of the politically charged bill in the next few days.