Sen. 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.
Debate in the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on a proposal to create a Department of Homeland Security moved swiftly Wednesday, until senators took up the controversial issue of civil service protections for employees.
House Republicans and Democrats 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.
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.
Senate appropriators Tuesday sharply criticized language in the Bush administration's plan for a new Homeland Security Department that would allow the department's secretary to shift funds among programs without congressional approval.
White House Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge faced tough questions from Senators Thursday about how the Bush administration would use the flexibility it is seeking to staff and run its proposed Homeland Security Department.
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