Agency will work on converged evolution of VA and Defense systems.
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Congressional aides noted that President Bush would not be able to veto the defense measure, making it an attractive option.
Rule would require manufacturers to submit 10 new categories of data on cargo containers before they are shipped to the United States by sea.
Jim Byrne, outgoing aide to embattled Special Counsel Scott Bloch, has said Bloch's failure to resign is hurting the agency.
Bill would provide a total of $119.7 billion, of which $73 billion is discretionary funding, $3.65 billion over President Bush's request.
A grand jury in Washington probing Scott Bloch has subpoenaed at least 17 current and former OSC employees and heard testimony from several.
DHS chief says a guest-worker program would help stem the flow of illegal immigrants across the nation's Southern border.
To minimize the size of the shortfall, the service hopes to get 10,000 flight hours out of each of its Hornets.
Commissioner says the agency has largely met the goals of a 1998 measure requiring it to shed its geographic-based structure.
Bill would allow some who live more than 60 miles away from a VA hospital to receive services at a local facility.