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.
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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.
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Fourteen Cabinet members have sent Senate leaders a letter pressuring them to accept President Bush's terms on labor provisions at the proposed Homeland Security Department, saying that other agencies already possess the powers Bush is requesting.