Postal reform bill is an example of a substantive measure that could be handled without partisan fighting, Waxman says.
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Inspector general reports have noted information security vulnerabilities at the agency since 1997.
Transportation-Treasury appropriations bill provision would freeze 2007 funding for contractor program.
Committee defeats several amendments to bill giving DHS authority to regulate facilities making, processing, storing or selling chemicals.
Amendment to Labor-HHS spending bill would block use of ratings.
Measure also would require DHS to create a program for transferring to the private sector terrorism and disaster response technology developed with federal funding.
Industry officials predict December deadline could be tough even for swiftest agencies.
Bill specifically includes Defense, Homeland Security employees in the increase.
Recent polls show John McCain as a favorite for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, and Hillary Clinton as the leading Democrat.