Majority leader rejects a request for an earlier vote in order to maintain good relations.
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Under consideration is a stipulation that firms receiving program funds return to the government any executive bonuses paid out since the initiative began.
Program costs have ballooned over the last three years, increasing by more than 50 percent.
Roles and missions review focuses on irregular warfare, cyberspace, airlift and intelligence-gathering with unmanned aircraft.
Modifications to contracts would require protections from worms and viruses, and stronger encryption requirements.
Federal government programs currently are being funded through a continuing resolution Congress approved in September.
Inventory audit shows some facilities hoard excess weapons while others have shortfalls.
President promises Web site will let would-be auditors monitor how funds are being distributed.
Amendment extends protections to FBI and intelligence community whistleblowers and strengthens them for federal contractors.
Obama's choice for attorney general was approved on a 17-2 vote.