Inouye says such funding should be included in the regular appropriations process.
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Rep. John McHugh, R-N.Y., says Pentagon's fiscal 2010 budget request is dictating the outcome of the Quadrennial Defense Review now under way.
Legislation would be the first of its kind for any Homeland Security agency so far this Congress.
Following years of scandals, the OSC is rebuilding and anxiously awaiting new leadership.
Agencies have obligated $88 billion so far, but have paid out less than one third of that.
A list of federal programs that will lose some or all of their funding in fiscal 2010 if President Obama gets his way.
Arlen Specter will be a loyal Spectocrat.
One of three possibilities would involve setting up a new administrative agency within the Health and Human Services Department.
Fugate has broad bipartisan support and is expected to be confirmed quickly.
Watchdog cites potential conflict of interest in radioactive waste disposal at Hanford Site.