Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Supplemental Spending Bill Includes Money for Programs Important to Cities and Towns

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Supplemental Spending Bill Includes Money for Programs Important to Cities and Towns

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Congress adopted, and President Bush signed, a supplemental appropriations bill that contained funding for both the war and programs important to cities and towns.

The bill includes $22.2 billion in fiscal 2007 emergency spending for domestic programs, including $3.1 billion in funding for military base closure expenses, $1.8 billion for veterans medical care, $650 million for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), $2.9 billion for hurricane relief, $1.1 billion for antiterrorism homeland security activities and $3 billion for agriculture disaster relief.

The bill also raises the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour from $5.15 over two years and provides $4.8 billion in small-business tax incentives.

The emergency supplemental appropriations bill was shuttled through the House by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over the objections of a majority of House Democrats--including the speaker herself--who opposed continued war funding without a troop withdrawal date.

Yet despite her objections and those of the majority of Democrats, the bill reached the president's desk and was signed into law on May 25, just before Congress adjourned for its Memorial Day recess, in large part because of a number of strategic moves initiated by the Speaker.

The ultimate goal was to avoid an actual House vote on a final emergency supplemental appropriation. To do this, Pelosi allowed the Senate version of H.R. 2206, which was essentially a "shell," to come to the floor of the House to be amended. …

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