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Senate Approves Spending Bill

The Senate has approved emergency aid for terror victims -- and given its consent for the president to use force against those responsible. The vote was 98 to nothing on the measure that authorized President Bush to use "necessary and appropriate force" in retaliating against the terrorist strikes in New York and Washington. A short time earlier, the Senate voted 96 to nothing to approve $40 billion in emergency aid to help the victims and hunt down the perpetrators. New York's senior senator, Democrat Charles Schumer, says the votes were a bipartisan effort that "stretched from one end of the country to the other." He says they will help his state "tremendously." The House also is voting on the spending but won't announce its final tally until after a noon memorial service for the victims. The House is expected to vote tomorrow on the measure authorizing force.

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