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Byrd Delays War Supplemental Markup

Because of delays in action on the House floor, the Senate Appropriations Committee postponed action on the supplemental war spending bill until next week.

Appropriations Chairman Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), however, vowed to mark up the bill next week regardless of whether the House acts.

“I have very reluctantly agreed to the request of the House and Senate Democratic leadership to postpone the Senate Appropriations Committee scheduled mark-up of the Supplemental Appropriations bill until next Thursday, May 15,” Byrd said in a statement.

He added, “My patience is growing thin. I am putting my colleagues in both the House and Senate on notice that whether the House acts or not next week, the Senate Appropriations Committee will move forward with a mark-up of the Supplemental Appropriations bill.”

Traditionally, the Senate waits for revenue measures to come over from the House before acting on them.

House leaders delayed consideration of the legislation Thursday morning after objections regarding spending for a $51 billion GI bill.

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