Congress to Vote on Spending Measures for Disaster Relief

Washington, D.C. -- House and Senate Republican leaders and top appropriators agreed today to redraft a $20 billion supplemental spending measure allowing President Bush to spend the money on recovery efforts in the wake of Tuesday's terrorist attacks without line-item authorization from Congress. The House is pushing to vote on the bill later today, with the Senate likely to act tomorrow.

House leaders also have submitted a proposal for a "resolution of resolve" to the Senate in hopes of bringing up such a measure on both floors today. The non-binding resolution would state Congress' support for the president to take action against parties responsible for Tuesday's terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.