Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously backs Jack Lew, who has promised an exhaustive review of agency operations.
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Western death toll through the first 10 months of 2010 now stands at 529, exceeding last year's toll of 521.
Bipartisan legislation would increase staffing and establish training requirements for armed guards.
Scarcity of upfront funding and overly ambitious deadlines will make it challenging for agencies to meet mandate, market analysts find.
Senate braces for votes this week on controversial issues with limited ties to defense authorization bill, but which could energize voters in the midterm elections.
The document, which will be released on Thursday, covers five categories -- jobs, spending, healthcare, national security and government reform.
Former Homeland Security secretary says Coast Guard needs more funding and government must improve vaccine stockpile.
Lawmakers object to provision seeking to prevent brand-name and generic drug manufacturers from agreeing to settlements that essentially trade cash for promises that generic drug firms will not challenge brand-name drug patents for a set period of time.
Industry officials, analysts argue that government pays more when work is performed in-house.
House and Senate Armed Services committees are unlikely to experience upheaval in leadership approach regardless of the November election results.