War supplemental expected to pass soon after holiday

The Senate on Monday began consideration of a $59 billion war supplemental spending package as Democrats braced to fend off efforts from Republicans who are attempting to force votes on offsetting the cost of the measure. GovExec reports that Senate consideration began as the House Appropriations Committee announced on Monday that it would mark up a House version of the supplemental Thursday evening. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) says he expects to have a conference with the House to reconcile any differences between the House and Senate bills and hopes to quickly complete it, most likely after returning from the Memorial Day recess.

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