Senate Governmental Affairs leaders ask GAO to evaluate if Pentagon's recommendations appear to be "pre-ordained."
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Amendment allowing Congress to withhold funding until Pentagon officials release all BRAC information survives.
Defeats amendment to put off current round of base closures before passing fiscal 2006 defense authorization measure.
Probes indicate DHS is inspecting less than 1 percent of containers overseas and 17.5 percent of high-risk cargo.
Richard Clarke fears the terrorist threat is growing and contends some actions of the Bush administration and Congress are counterproductive to improving security.
Legislation cuts administration's request for base-closure funds by $310 million.
Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, says total cuts to Homeland Security management programs could endanger the new personnel system.
House Homeland Security Committee chairman also says DHS should place more emphasis on disrupting and preventing terrorist plots.
Agreement would require the Pentagon to give Congress 60-days notice before opening more combat roles to women.