Posted by Jeff from d53-172-230.try.wideopenwest.com (126.96.36.199) on Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 11:33AM :
Senate Votes to Keep Pro-Business Provisions
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A divided U.S. Senate on Tuesday refused to drop a package of pro-business provisions attached to legislation to create President Bush (news - web sites)'s proposed Department of Homeland Security.
• Homeland Security Bill Glance (AP)
Mostly Democratic critics charged that the provisions, which include new liability protections, were slipped into the bill merely to benefit Republican allies.
But backers said the provisions are required to help companies provide vaccines and other products and technology needed in the nation's stepped-up war on terrorism.
Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott voted to keep the provisions, but said some may likely be dropped after a further review. Lott argued, however, that the Senate needed to move quickly to pass the underlying legislation to create the department, proposed in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
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