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More Funds Sought for Homeland Security

Senate Democrats yesterday launched a drive to double President Bush’s request for homeland security funds as part of a nearly $80 billion measure to finance the war in Iraq, combat terrorism and help the nation’s financially troubled airlines. In an initial showdown, the Senate voted 52 to 47, largely along party lines, to reject a proposal from Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D-S.C.) to add $1 billion to strengthen port security, including grants for security operations, radiation detection equipment and more resources for the Coast Guard. Key Republicans said they favor providing more funds for port security, but not in this bill. Full Story

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