The federal government has spent the past five years in a race to help local governments prepare for a chemical attack by terrorists. The initial sprint was good; the middle distance is proving to be harder.
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House Budget Committee Democrats estimate President Bush's fiscal 2002 budget blueprint would require average cuts of 6.6 percent from certain federal agencies.
Secretary of State Colin Powell is asking Congress for a 14 percent increase in the State Department’s operating budget next year, with much of the money aimed at filling job vacancies, buying new computer equipment and improving embassy security.