Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) speaks during a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee on Capitol Hill May 13, 2009 in Washington, DC. The hearing was to examine the Homeland Security Department's FY2010 budget request. By Alex Wong/Getty Images.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to