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.
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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.
Consulting firm says cabinet-level officials must provide strong and uniform leadership to ensure improvement in federal e-government amenities.
In a test program, passengers and baggage at a suburban Maryland rail transit station will be screened for explosives for 30 days.
Bush administration officials on Tuesday criticized the "misinformation" that has proliferated regarding the 2001 USA PATRIOT Act.
Two and a half years after 9/11, the Bush administration remains primarily focused on waging a war on terrorism abroad. The effort to establish, organize, fund and manage the Homeland Security Department has taken a back seat.