Since its creation in 2003, DHS has never operated under authorization legislation.
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Lawmakers approve amendment that requires competitive bidding on projects funded by the Energy bill, with some exceptions.
Lawmakers worry about potential disruption to communities resulting from a switch to five-day delivery and post office closures.
President Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other senior administration officials are pushing to end the program.
Administrator Karen Mills testifies the agency has increased site visits and is reforming its process of certifying firms’ eligibility.
Intel official tells lawmakers the system for implementing cross-government efforts is broken.
White House "strongly objects" to any funding in the Defense authorization bill that would continue the troubled presidential helicopter program.
The legislation, scheduled for a full committee markup on Thursday, includes $30.8 billion for the National Institutes of Health.
Air National Guard's requirements are especially urgent because planes are older and there is no plan to address their early "age-out," official says.
Tax on insurance companies would help cover the costs.