Final passage all but assured by next week.
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Commissioners express concern that recommendations of from Quadrennial Defense Review, to be released early next year, could render base-closing decisions obsolete.
Almost $1 billion in emergency funds would go toward hiring new border guards and criminal investigators, beefing up FBI operations and boosting the Coast Guard's fleet.
Tactics could include using the fiscal 2006 defense authorization bill to repeal the section of law authorizing the current round of closures.
GAO says screeners not getting required amount of training.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is expected to announce his recommendations next week.
Legal changes make it harder for independent commission to add bases to the hit list.
Defense officials say new proposed new position will only add another layer of bureaucracy.
Lawmakers are squabbling over legislation to free up airwaves for police and firefighters.