Last year first responder groups complained that the process had proved cumbersome and did not provide adequate funding to the most vulnerable areas.
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Federal officials defend efforts taken since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Says implementation is moving too slowly, but reiterates commitment to making the program work.
Funding shortfalls are preventing immigration officials in at least one region from detaining aliens.
An amendment urging the adoption of a bill calling for better coordination among the nation's 15 intelligence agencies, was struck down, Democrats said.
The Senate bill is expected to be close to the House version's $418 billion, including $25 billion in funds for Iraq and Afghanistan that could be made available upon enactment.