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Democrat Delays Top Bush Budget Nominee

A Democratic senator is delaying President Bush’s nominee for a top budget post to protest the administration’s plan to cut in half a $58 million program to strengthen security at the nation’s three largest seaports. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., says she will hold up indefinitely the nomination of Clay Johnson, a longtime Bush friend named to the No. 2 job at the Office of Management and Budget. Murray is angry the Transportation Security Administration is not fully funding the port project, which would track cargo containers entering ports serving the New York, Los Angeles and Seattle areas. The TSA said this week it is releasing $30 million for the program, known as Operation Safe Commerce. But the agency said another $28 million already approved by Congress may be redirected to help offset overspending in other areas. Full Story

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