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Homeland security, appropriations face new snag in Senate

October 9, 2002 In the latest potential snag on homeland security legislation, Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, vowed Tuesday to attach the bill to all continuing resolutions that would create a post-election lame-duck session. Moments later, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., told reporters that he believes the Senate would approve the homeland bill...

On Capitol Hill, homeland security agenda is crowded

September 11, 2002 Familiar autumn rituals are unfolding on Capitol Hill, as appropriators struggle to complete their 13 spending bills, leaders maneuver legislation into place for the final weeks of the session-and the parties hustle toward the midterm elections in November. But this is not a typical September in Washington. On the first...

Senate delays vote on homeland security bill

August 1, 2002 The Senate delayed a procedural vote on homeland security legislation Thursday until after the August recess-a move that further dampens the chances for Senate approval of a Homeland Security Department by the symbolic deadline of Sept. 11. Under a deal reached Thursday, senators will vote on a motion to proceed...

Senator to press for civil service protections despite veto threat

July 31, 2002 Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., Wednesday strongly reaffirmed his commitment to civil service protections in the new Homeland Security Department and expressed doubt that President Bush would veto the legislation over what he called "a peripheral issue at best." While saying he was open to further discussions,...

Senate panel rejects move to loosen civil service protections

July 24, 2002 Debate in the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on a proposal to create a Department of Homeland Security moved swiftly Wednesday morning, until senators took up the controversial issue of civil service protections for employees who would work in the new department. The committee voted 10-7 to defeat an amendment offered...

Unions crank up lobbying effort on homeland bill

July 24, 2002 The debate over creation of a Homeland Security Department has touched off a flurry of lobbying by business groups eager to ensure the free flow of trade through tightened borders, technology groups hawking data management and new security devices, defense contractors, health researchers and port authorities. But the most intense...

House panel votes down civil service protections

July 19, 2002 Two attempts to give standard civil service protections to federal employees at the proposed Homeland Security Department were defeated during a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee on Friday. In a series of party-line votes, Republicans defeated two Democrat-backed amendments before approving civil service language drafted by Rep. Rob...

Unions pleased with civil service protections in Lieberman bill

July 19, 2002 Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., Friday unveiled his proposal for the new Homeland Security Department, including language to ensure civil service protections for employees of the new department. Representatives of federal employees' unions said they are satisfied with the labor provisions included in the proposal. "His language...

Deal on civil service issues eludes House homeland panel

July 19, 2002 Republicans and Democrats in the House failed to reach a deal Thursday on civil service protections for the 170,000 employees of the proposed Homeland Security Department-setting up a partisan clash over the issue in a markup Friday. The five Republicans and four Democrats on the chamber's Homeland Security Committee met...

GOP seeks to broker deal on civil service issues in homeland bill

July 18, 2002 Seeking to avoid a war over homeland security at a markup Friday, House Republicans are scrambling to reach a compromise with Democrats over the civil service rules that would govern the 170,000 employees of the proposed Homeland Security Department. House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, the chairman of the ad...