Senate Debates 'First-Responder' Amendment into the Night

Stoanchez, Humber
April 2003
Bond Buyer;4/4/2003, Vol. 344 Issue 31608, p6
Trade Publication
The fate of a proposal to more than double emergency-preparedness funding for states and localities— to $4.3 billion— in the nearly $80 billion Iraq war appropriations bill was still uncertain, as debate on the Senate floor continued into the night of April 3, 2003. The proposal both would boost spending for police and other so-called“ first responders” to $3 billion— up from the $2 billion requested by U.S. President George W. Bush and currently provided in the war-funding bill — and provide another $1 billion for high-risk locations like New York City. The amendment — sponsored by senators Charles E. Schumer, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Barbara A. Mikulski, — was on the verge of being introduced on the Senate floor.


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