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Lengthy homeland security spending fight looms in Senate

The House is expected to debate homeland security funding on the floor as early as next week, but the fight over how much money to allocate for such initiatives in fiscal 2004 probably will continue until the budget crunch time of September, a top Senate budget aide said on Wednesday. The long fight will be the result of a combination of a slower track in the Senate and the potential baggage of individual earmarks for lawmakers’ districts along the way, said Bill Hoagland, the budget and appropriations director to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. While the House will try to bring the homeland security appropriations bill to the floor next week, the Senate will not get to it until after the July 4 congressional recess, Hoagland said. Full Story

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