WASHINGTON -- Congress is girding for new spending battles with President Bush that could rage until Election Day and beyond, now that lawmakers have completed a compromise $28.9 billion anti-terrorism package.
The Senate gave final congressional approval Wednesday to the counterterrorism measure, ending a four-month duel between Bush and legislators over how much to spend. The 92-7 vote came a day after the House passed the bill overwhelmingly.
Bush is expected to sign the measure, which provides money for the military, rebuilding New York City, better FBI computers and stepped-up food inspections for the final two months of the government's budget year. Lawmakers of both parties preferred a price tag exceeding $30 billion, but gave way in the face of veto threats by the president.
"We're going to keep faith with those who died defending our nation at the Pentagon, as well as those in New York" on Sept. 11, said Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee.
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