The fiscal 2005 defense authorization bill may include a provision that would allow governors to deploy the National Guard for state emergencies and bill the federal government.
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House committee wants answers on involvement in Iraq inmate abuses.
Senate GOP moderates withhold support for the latest budget plan.
Protecting borders and transportation systems command much of the department's budget.
National Nuclear Security Administration officials said Tuesday that the bogus degrees would not affect the managers' job status.
They include liability issues, intellectual property protection and the sharing of confidential company information with the government.
The only remaining major X-factor in the makeup of political battleground states is Kerry's choice for running mate.
Sen. Tom Harkin, R-Iowa, says the Agriculture Department's plan to increase the number of animals tested is not statistically valid.
Budget resolution remains mired in conference committee over the issue of whether tax cuts, spending increases must be offset.
Plan includes the possibility of federalizing security forces and creating a specialized unit to guard facilities.