Congress OKs $80B War Package With $2.23B for Security; Bush Ready to Sign

Sanchez, Humberto
April 2003
Bond Buyer;4/15/2003, Vol. 344 Issue 31615, p5
Trade Publication
House and Senate negotiators in the U.S. sent President George W. Bush a nearly $ 80 billion package to fund the war in Iraq that includes $ 2.23 billion for state and local emergency preparedness. The package is $230 million more than the White House originally sought. The president is expected to sign the measure into law on April 15, 2003. Of the $2.23 billion provided by the bill, $1.3 billion would go to the Department of Homeland Security to be distributed to states and localities and $200 million would go towards protecting the nation's critical infrastructure. The $78.5 billion war-funding package also included $235 million for airports to install massive and expensive explosive detection systems in terminals and $2.9 billion to assist the financially troubled airline industry and help it cope with the decrease in passengers due partly to the war.


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