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Senate clears Defense, Homeland Security spending bills

Chamber gives quick approval to $445.4 billion Pentagon bill and $30.8 billion Homeland Security measure.

Bid to stop funding for Defense Travel System derailed

Senate votes 65-32 to set aside a provision that would have blocked funding for the system.

FEMA to re-bid contracts issued in aftermath of hurricanes

Senators question agency’s contracting practices and ability to oversee the long-term reconstruction of the Gulf Coast region.

Mineta defends department's performance during Katrina

Transportation secretary blames FEMA for holding up efforts to move people out of New Orleans.

FDA finalizes food bioterrorism rule

All domestic and foreign facilities that pack, store, manufacture or process food in the United States must register with the agency.

New House overseer takes cautious approach to Homeland Security

A Q&A with Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., the new chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Debate on defense spending measure gridlocked

Sen. John Warner, R-Va., tries to attach stalled defense authorization measure as amendment to appropriations bill.

Computer systems at FEMA were lacking in 2004, says IG

Weeks before Hurricane Katrina made landfall, agency officials were warned that IT disaster response and preparedness systems were deficient.

Proposed spending cuts need Bush's backing to survive

Plan to offset costs of Katrina recovery includes cuts in defense and homeland security spending.

Lawmakers seek investigation of alleged TSA labor abuses

Agency cites programs to resolve complaints, reduce injury rates.