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Security Spending Initiates Disputes

Homeland security decisions have raised some very divisive issues — from civil liberties to the U.S. treatment of immigrants. But the fur really begins to fly when Congress considers questions such as this: Why would the fire department in tiny Plankinton, S.D., population 567, need $52,688 in homeland security money for new fire equipment? This week two congressional committees, one in the Senate and one in the House, will resume debate, and possibly close in on a settlement over how to divide homeland security money among states and communities. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, legislators from rural and sparsely populated areas have succeeded in arguing that their states should be guaranteed some portion of the money.Full Story

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