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Democrats propose plan to boost biological defenses

Arguing that the Bush administration's Project Bioshield doesn't go far enough, they seek to speed development of drugs that counter biological agents.

Coast Guard weighs changes to multibillion-dollar modernization deal

The service struggles to keep pace with homeland security demands.

U.S. wants to place immigration inspectors at foreign airports

The Homeland Security Department will put inspection teams at foreign airports to identify possible terrorists and immigration violators before they board planes coming to the United States.

Lawmaker urges caution in regulating purchase cards

There is fine line between controlling the use of government purchase cards and excessive oversight of the program, the head of the House Government Reform committee said Tuesday.

Lawmakers unveil $4 billion plan to increase military

Members of the House Armed Services Committee estimate that increasing the size of the military will cost $4 billion per year, but would relieve overextended Guard and Reserve soldiers.

Senate panel backs 3.5 percent military pay raise

Subcommittee also votes to implement a health care program for Guard and Reserve troops.

OPM puts security clearance merger plans on ice

Agency postpones absorbing Defense unit, a move that may have speeded up the security clearance process at the Pentagon.

The Specter Factor

Last week's primary victory by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Penn., was just the break Senate Republicans needed.

Draft postal overhaul bill draws criticism from mailers

The bill would not grant the agency the broad rate-setting freedom recommended by the President's Commission on the Postal Service.

Senator insists budget absorb increases in troop strength

The Bush administration should have asked for funds for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in its $401.7 billion fiscal 2004 budget request, lawmaker contends.