Ignoring White House veto threats, the Senate approved a nearly $109 billion wartime-spending bill that adds more than $14 billion to President Bush’s requests for hurricane-relief efforts on the Gulf Coast and other domestic priorities. The final 77-21 vote captured the growing disconnect between Mr. Bush and congressional Republicans over reining in deficits before the midterm elections. With his poll numbers down, the president and his new chief of staff, Josh Bolten, are eager to look tough. But lawmakers worry more about their own survival and with tax revenue rising, they appear happy to defer deficit worries until after November. Full Story
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