Homeland Security bill on "life support"

10/2/2002 | Washington Post, The

The Senate earlier this week failed to end a four-week impasse over labor rights, which would affect workers of the proposed Homeland Security Department. At issue is President Bush's demand for flexibility to hire, fire and assign 170,000 workers. "The bill's on a life-support system," said Sen. Fred D. Thompson, R-Tenn. "Unless something happens in the very near future, there will not be a homeland security bill this year."

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