WASHINGTON — The Senate, after a furious round of lobbying and compromising Thursday, approved a measure to provide $190 million in emergency funds for programs to house the nation's homeless.
Earlier in the day, a $225-million homeless aid proposal had been defeated on a 47-46 vote, reversing a stand taken a month earlier by the Senate and leaving advocates for the homeless "incredibly disappointed and enraged," said Maria Foscarinis of the National Coalition for the Homeless.
The retrenchment was the result of increasing protests about high-ticket domestic programs that would worsen the national budget deficit.
Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.), one of the architects of the original measure, called the compromise a "prudent response to a pressing need."
"Now that spring is here, stories about the suffering of the homeless have moved off the front page and the evening news, but winter will soon be back," he said.