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December 19, 2005

Defense approps passes in the House; includes Katrina and bird flu $

Filed under: Biosecurity,Budgets and Spending,Preparedness and Response — by Christian Beckner on December 19, 2005

The House voted to agree to the conference report for the Defense appropriations bill (H.R. 2863) this morning at 5:04am, after an all-night session. The details of the bill are in this press release. This AP story adds some context. The final tally is $29 billion for hurricane relief and $3.79 billion for avian flu preparedness. I’ll take a closer look when the conference report finally appears on Thomas (readers are encouraged to e-mail it to Homeland Security Watch).

ps. This sentence in the press release is bizarre:

Does not include any language nor was any language ever being considered related to cockfighting or animal fighting

Sorry for not asking.

Update: Here’s the link to the final bill text.

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Pingback by Homeland Security Watch » Blog Archive » Analysis of Katrina and bird flu spending bill

December 19, 2005 @ 6:32 pm

[…] As mentioned in this previous post, the Defense Appropriations bill passed today includes supplemental funding for the response to Katrina ($29 billion) and for avian flu preparedness ($3.79 billion). The final version of the bill is now available here, and the joint explanatory statement for the bill is here. […]


Comment by John Ray

December 20, 2005 @ 7:02 pm

What does the Department of Defense have to do with cockfighting? What does cockfighting have to do with the Department of Defense? Your article is confusing. John Ray


Comment by Christian Beckner

December 20, 2005 @ 7:08 pm

John – They have nothing to do with each other. Which is why it seemed bizaare that the appropriators mentioned this in the document.

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