Armed Services Committee eases limits passed by subcommittee last week, but requires the Pentagon to notify Congress when opening new positions to women.
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Measures cover pretax health insurance premiums for retirees, student loan repayments and transportation subsidies.
Commissioners quiz officials on alternatives to closing Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut, which would affect 8,500 military and civilian jobs.
FDA official counters that few facilities are inspected by more than one agency.
American Federation of Government Employees proposes legislation that would prevent the privatization of passenger and baggage screening at airports.
Officials anticipate the centers will be larger and more technologically advanced than existing reserve and Guard installations.
International Association of Chiefs of Police says current anti-terrorism approach fails to incorporate the perspective of state and local law enforcement officials.
Budget increase contingent on earlier production date.
Agency says numbers show cases were not dismissed after minimal review in order to clear backlog.