Appropriators provide Homeland Security about $42.6 billion in discretionary spending for next fiscal year, about 1 percent less than the administration's request.
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Financial regulatory agency watchdogs would be subject to presidential appointment and Senate confirmation.
Leaders of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee lavish praise on Martha Johnson.
Key appropriator says lack of funding could hurt ability to deter enemies.
President says the strategy contributed to Clinton era surpluses.
Transparency groups say a standard data format is needed so outside groups can analyze where recovery funds are spent and if they are saving or creating jobs.
Federal Labor Relations Authority had key vacancies for almost a year.
Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., has long been frustrated with cost increases in the Navy program.
House proposal includes $1.086 trillion in discretionary spending, about $74 billion more than the $1.012 trillion sought for fiscal 2009.
As White House maps out strategies for the next three months, questions emerge about spending during the first 100 days.