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House Clears Homeland Security Funding Bill

The House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a $29.4 billion bill funding the Department of Homeland Security next year that would provide more money for airport security staff, firefighters and other emergency workers. Democrats had complained that the measure left dangerous gaps in the nation’s security because of a budget crunch brought on by recent tax cuts. The House voted 425 to 2 to clear the bill, the first of 13 that Congress must pass each year to fund the federal government. The Senate will begin consideration of its companion measures later this week. It would boost homeland security spending in 2004 by $1 billion more than President Bush had requested and by almost 2 percent compared to this fiscal year. Additional money would go to transportation security efforts and firefighters and other emergency workers. Full Story

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