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Ridge to Release Money for Port Security

Bowing to congressional pressure, the Bush administration said Wednesday it will fully fund a $58 million program to strengthen security at the nation’s three largest seaports. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced the decision in a letter to Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who had pledged to delay President Bush’s nominee for a top budget post until money for the port program was released. Murray had placed a hold on the nomination of Clay Johnson — a longtime Bush friend named to the No. 2 job at the Office of Management and Budget — to protest the administration’s plan to cut $28 million from the port project. It would track cargo containers entering ports serving the New York, Los Angeles and Seattle areas. Full Story

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