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THE NATION | IN BRIEF / WASHINGTON, D.C.

Budget Bills Exceed Cap, but Bush Signs Them

November 06, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

President Bush signed a pair of spending bills that will pay for land conservation and military housing improvements.

Though the measures surpassed his original spending requests by more than $1.5 billion, Bush praised lawmakers for working to hold overall spending to the limit of $686 billion that was agreed upon.

The president approved a $19.1-billion bill financing this year's land and cultural programs, $1 billion more than he originally wanted.

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