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Senate panel moves bill creating reconstruction reserve corps

March 29, 2007 The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday sent a bill to the Senate that would strengthen the U.S. government's international reconstruction capabilities. The bill (S. 613), the Reconstruction and Stabilization Civilian Management Act, was passed by unanimous voice vote. It answers the president's call in his State of the Union...

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Homeland Security officials defend 2008 budget plans

March 21, 2007 Officials from the Homeland Security Department Tuesday defended their fiscal 2008 budget and plans for cybersecurity and protecting critical infrastructure, even as Government Accountability Office officials said the department faces challenges in emergency preparedness. At a House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, Chairman David Price, D-N.C., raised concerns about the...

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Lawmaker proposes air passenger bill of rights

February 20, 2007 JetBlue's problems with cancelled flights over the past week might boost prospects for an airline passengers' bill of rights that Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., announced last Friday he will introduce when Congress returns from its Presidents Day recess. Thousands of JetBlue passengers were stranded after the airline did not cancel...