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House panel votes for two-year delay of base closings

One lawmaker warns, however, that pushing back the schedule could result in a more aggressive round of closures.

Lawmakers lash out at security clearance backlog

House lawmakers demand action to reduce backlog of 188,000 contractor clearance requests at the Pentagon.

House weighs homeland security management shakeup

House lawmakers question the Homeland Security Department’s deputy secretary on everything from management challenges to a lack of communication.

Following the money on Iraq, homeland security not easy

The Bush administration has a great deal of discretion in spending war funds, and "homeland security" remains ill-defined.

New attack plane faces cuts as defense bill takes shape

The F/A-22 could face $300 million in cuts to help pay for an increase in troop strength.

Senate intelligence panel approves authorization bill

Measure includes a series of proposals to restructure intelligence agencies and operations.

Democrats propose plan to boost biological defenses

Arguing that the Bush administration's Project Bioshield doesn't go far enough, they seek to speed development of drugs that counter biological agents.

U.S. wants to place immigration inspectors at foreign airports

The Homeland Security Department will put inspection teams at foreign airports to identify possible terrorists and immigration violators before they board planes coming to the United States.

Lawmakers unveil $4 billion plan to increase military

Members of the House Armed Services Committee estimate that increasing the size of the military will cost $4 billion per year, but would relieve overextended Guard and Reserve soldiers.