Arguing that the Bush administration's Project Bioshield doesn't go far enough, they seek to speed development of drugs that counter biological agents.
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The service struggles to keep pace with homeland security demands.
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.
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.
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.
Subcommittee also votes to implement a health care program for Guard and Reserve troops.
Agency postpones absorbing Defense unit, a move that may have speeded up the security clearance process at the Pentagon.
Last week's primary victory by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Penn., was just the break Senate Republicans needed.
The bill would not grant the agency the broad rate-setting freedom recommended by the President's Commission on the Postal Service.
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.