related to homeland security are tied up due to political differences
that have little to do with terrorism, according to press reports.
security legislation is on hold over workers rights issues. And
neither the House nor Senate can agree if a terrorism insurance
bill should include a cap on lawsuits to protect the insurance
to improve port security has stalled over how to pay for new security
measures, and lawmakers are still working out the details on plans
to arm airline pilots.
Congress has yet to reach agreement on a defense spending bill,
for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, that significantly boosts
has led to some testy exchanges.
Dennis Hastert (R-IL) said last week the Senate bill, by limiting
the president's power over agency workers, "could have the
tangible result of putting lives at risk and making cities and
towns more vulnerable to attack."
leader Dick Gephardt of Missouri said GOP leaders are simply refusing
to compromise. "They are absolutists, they are ideological,
they are my-way-or-the-highway every day on every issue. It's