Federal judge Michael Chertoff, who also served as head of the Justice Department's criminal division after the Sept. 11 attacks, gets the nod to succeed Tom Ridge.
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Several critical agencies remain outside purview of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Committee responds to concerns over distribution of disaster aid to Florida and other states.
Lawmakers will move supplemental spending bill after the damage is assessed.
The wartime supplemental may be pushed back a month to allow Congress to focus on a disaster relief package.
Pentagon wants to cut $46 million from its Cooperative Threat Reduction program.
New blueprint replaces a host of existing emergency plans, assigning responsibility to specific federal agencies for different types of incidents.
House aides on the Homeland Security Committee believe that they will get a referral for a recently introduced cybersecurity bill.