A bipartisan group of senators is introducing a bill to consolidate several agencies into a new Cabinet-level Department of National Homeland Security, AP reported.
The proposal is attractive to many on Capitol Hill because it would give lawmakers oversight authority for homeland security.
The senators plan to introduce legislation that would consolidate the Coast Guard, Customs Service and several other agencies. The sponsors include Sens. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Bob Graham (D-FL).