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Iraq Funding Bill to Hit Senate Floor

A must-pass spending bill to pay for the rising costs of the war in Iraq and for additional hurricane aid for the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast to debut on the Senate floor to poor reviews from conservatives over its massive cost. The $106.5 billion bill has ballooned by almost $15 billion over President Bush’s February request, and that figure could grow as senators of both parties press amendments to add money for border security and medical care for veterans. The White House, itself — despite its own concerns about the measure’s spiraling cost — plans to ask as early as Tuesday for about $2 billion more to repair and strengthen levees in and around New Orleans. Full Story

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