Final passage all but assured by next week.
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Commissioners express concern that recommendations of from Quadrennial Defense Review, to be released early next year, could render base-closing decisions obsolete.
Funds would be used to enable FAA to upgrade nation's aviation system.
Almost $1 billion in emergency funds would go toward hiring new border guards and criminal investigators, beefing up FBI operations and boosting the Coast Guard's fleet.
Report says breakdowns occurred when Interior hired contractors to work in Abu Ghraib prison.
Even with the next presidential election three and a half years away, there's no shortage of potential candidates, or intrigue.
Tactics could include using the fiscal 2006 defense authorization bill to repeal the section of law authorizing the current round of closures.