Powerful committee chairman defeat attempts to transfer some of their oversight and appropriations duties to retooled panel.
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Accuses leakers of "undermining what this country is supposed to be about."
Debate on a variety of unrelated issues, from hurricane relief to highway spending, holds up passage of appropriations measure.
Defense authorization bill also includes 3.5 percent pay raise for military service personnel.
Sens. Collins, Lieberman, beat back efforts to weaken role of national intelligence director.
Senate panel was interested in Gen. Gregory Martin's e-mails related to controversial Air Force tanker lease deal.
Attack survivors believe that better planning might have prevented deaths, destruction.
Conference committee members also reach an 11th hour deal on language preventing the Air Force from leasing Boeing refueling tankers.
Center for Domestic Preparedness has trained more than 200,000 local officials in programs accelerated after 9/11.
House Republican leaders increasingly are under attack for including a number of provisions not included in the Senate version of the bill.