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$82B U.S. Supplemental Spending Bill Has a Number of Hooks

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House and Senate negotiators agreed Tuesday on an $82 billion fiscal 2005 emergency spending package for Iraq, Afghanistan and tsunami relief. Final passage is all but assured, with floor action expected Thursday in the House and in the Senate next week. Completion of the bill comes as the Army faces a severe cash crunch; the Pentagon was forced Monday to submit a $1.1 billion request to transfer funds within existing accounts to cover shortfalls. As drafted, the conference report would provide $75.9 billion for military activities, a $920.6 million increase over the administration's request. Highlights of the final agreement include...

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