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WASHINGTON, DC - April 16: White House budget director Jim Nussle testifies during the Senate Appropriations hearing on the administration's $108.1 billion request for war operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, again warning Congress not to add domestic spending to the request. He said the money is needed by Memorial Day, but repeated a veto threat against any bill that exceeds President Bush's request. Nussle was the lone witness at the hearing, which began at noon with Appropriations Chairman Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., wielding the gavel. The hearing puts a spotlight on the 90-year-old Byrd, who has been ailing since February, leading Senate Democrats to discuss whether he is still up to running the committee, especially during consideration of the war funding bill. Panel members and Senate leaders have expressed support for the chairman, but his performance will be closely watched. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

WASHINGTON, DC - April 16: White House budget director Jim Nussle testifies during the Senate Appropriations hearing on the administration's $108.1 billion request for war operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, again warning Congress not to add domestic spending to the request. He said the money is needed by Memorial Day, but repeated a veto threat against any bill that exceeds President Bush's request. Nussle was the lone witness at the hearing, which began at noon with Appropriations Chairman...
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