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Senate Pushes War, Hurricane Bill to $100B

A Senate panel is poised to approve President Bush’s request for more money for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, but only after adding billions of dollars in additional hurricane aid and relief for drought-stricken farmers. The moves by the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is meeting Tuesday, are expected to lift the price tag for the legislation to more than $100 billion. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., is pushing to boost significantly Bush’s latest request for hurricane relief. Committee Democrats are set to win almost $4 billion in election-year agriculture disaster aid. Full Story

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