Senators, private sector officials say illegitimate commerce has taken a back seat to immigration enforcement, anti-terror programs.
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Increase passed as amendment to wartime supplemental spending bill would be offset by a 2.8 percent cut in bill’s military programs.
Industry groups had placed intense pressure on committee Republicans to reject the language.
At markup of fiscal 2007 Defense authorization bill, some high-profile procurement programs targeted for cuts.
Proposed system would require the cooperation of several Homeland Security agencies, including CBP, CIS and TSA.
Pentagon officials say fee increases would save $735 million in fiscal 2007 and $11 billion over the next five years.
Industry groups ask GOP members to vote against language requiring all U.S.-bound cargo to be scanned at foreign ports.
Document signals agency is exploring a range of options, from purchases of new and used commercial aircraft, to leasing services.
Agency also says rules for Transportation Worker Identification Credential will be published soon.
HHS plans to put first found of funding toward contracts for making vaccines and rapid diagnostic tests.