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Mayors: Homeland Dept. already in debt

The new Homeland Security Department already is billions of dollars in debt to the nation’s cities, even before it opens its doors Friday, U.S. city mayors and Washington lobbying officials told United Press International. Members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors are expected to meet Friday with President George W. Bush, and to ask him to help clear some $3.5 billion in special homeland security payments he promised them at their winter meeting last year. Mayor Greg Nickels of Seattle said he was there “and we all remember that.” Nickels said Seattle alone has spent some $3.5 million in 2002 for increased police patrols, equipment, and intelligence operations, complicating the vast shortfalls in revenue the city faces. Full Story

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