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WASHINGTON, DC - March 4: Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, who chaired the meeting in the absence of subcommittee Chairman Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, as Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff testifies during the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on the fiscal 2009 homeland security budget proposal. Democrats on the panel blasted President Bush's fiscal 2009 budget request for slashing funding for state and local first responders in half, while Republicans lauded it for prioritizing border security. "Dramatically cutting funds for police, fire and emergency responders is not an emergency solution," said Inouye. Inouye promised the subcommittee would reconsider the president's "ill-considered cuts," despite Bush's open threat to veto any appropriations bills that exceeds the amount of funding requested. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

WASHINGTON, DC - March 4: Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, who chaired the meeting in the absence of subcommittee Chairman Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, as Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff testifies during the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on the fiscal 2009 homeland security budget proposal. Democrats on the panel blasted President Bush's fiscal 2009 budget request for slashing funding for state and local first responders in half, while...
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