The bill would designate certain positions for workers with alternative higher-education credentials.
The Senate confirmed U.S. drug czar and a former Seattle police chief Gil Kerlikowske to head Customs and Border Protection.
This is a transcript of Wednesday's House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing that became a raucous affair when the chairman tried to silence the top Democrat on the panel by having his microphone shut off.
The letter from farm, food safety and other groups asks President Obama to reject the proposal.
The Congressional Black Caucus called for Republican leadership to strip Issa of his position.
President Obama's 2015 budget plan would reduce DHS funding by about $1 billion, or nearly 3 percent.
Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson and Washington Post reporter Eric Yoder answered readers' questions
Former IRS official Lois Lerner once again invoked her Fifth Amendment right not to testify at a House hearing.
The plan would increase federal spending by about 2 percent, but not all agencies would see their fortunes increase.
Issa said former IRS official Lois Lerner, who previously invoked her Fifth Amendment right, would testify Wednesday.