Employees urge independence from DHS, and try to concentrate on preparing for the upcoming hurricane season.
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Panel working to advance bill that would leave the agency in DHS but expand its powers.
The program continues to perform and major funding cuts would cause delays, secretary says.
Investigators will review all of Cunningham's contacts with the House Armed Services Committee over nearly 15 years in Congress.
Committee report backs creation of new agency within Homeland Security to coordinate federal emergency response.
Subcommittee also votes to bars B-52 retirements.
Bill that would require security alerts to be targeted to specific regions or economic interests has not made much headway.
Senators, private sector officials say illegitimate commerce has taken a back seat to immigration enforcement, anti-terror programs.
Increase passed as amendment to wartime supplemental spending bill would be offset by a 2.8 percent cut in bill’s military programs.
Industry groups had placed intense pressure on committee Republicans to reject the language.