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Iraq Funding Bill Add-Ons Draw Fire

A bill exceeding by more than $15 billion President Bush’s request for the war in Iraq and new hurricane aid could grow even larger, much to the dismay of GOP conservatives hoping to improve their record on spending. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the bill Tuesday after adding about $10 billion for everything from rebuilding highways to enhancing port security. Farmers suffering from drought, storms and high energy costs got $4 billion in aid, while $594 million would be sprinkled across 30 states to repair highways damaged by earlier disasters but put off after aid was focused on the Gulf Coast. Full Story

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