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Friday, May 19, 2006

PORKBUSTERS UPDATE: A Victory on Emergency Spending Bill

National Journal's Peter Cohn is reporting an agreement among Senate and House negotiators to cap spending in the emergency spending bill for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and Gulf Coast hurricane recovery to $94.5 billion.

The total would include, according to Cohn, the $92.5 billion originally requested by President Bush and approved by the House of Representatives, plus an additional $2.3 billion to fund avian flu preparations. The National Journal is a subscription-only publication, so I can't provide a link to the full article.

There are questions yet to be resolved about how to include in the measure funding to send 6,000 National Guardsmen to assist the U.S. Border Patrol in securing the border against illiegal immigrants coming from Mexico and other countries.