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Senate pops Homeland funding

The Senate passed a $29.3 billion appropriations bill for the Homeland Security Department July 24 that adds new money for a variety of high-tech systems and orders reports on others before they are implemented. House and Senate negotiators will try to reconcile differences between the Senate and House versions of the first DHS appropriations bill after lawmakers take an August vacation. The spending bill was approved 93-1, with Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.), casting the lone dissent because he wanted more money for port security. The major difference in the bills is that the Senate version provides no money for President Bush’s Project BioShield, an $890 million program to develop new technologies to combat biological warfare. Full Story

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