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- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)7
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Man convicted of Perryville convenience-store heist (9/21/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)4
Dems back down from fight with Bush over anti-terror spending
Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats backed down Friday from a veto fight with President Bush over their $35 billion anti-terrorism plan and began preparing a smaller package more to his liking.
The turnabout came as the Senate prepared for a showdown vote on the Democrats' plan for responding to the Sept. 11 attacks. Republicans seemed certain to prevail, needing only 41 votes on the procedural motion -- a margin they had Thursday evening on two similar roll calls.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., told reporters that after that vote, Democrats would offer an alternative $20 billion package, the size Bush has demanded. Aides said it would provide more money for New York and fighting bioterrorism than the president has proposed.
Bush had insisted he would veto the $318 billion defense bill, to which the Democrats' anti-terror package was attached, if it exceeded the spending he wanted.
The development was a setback for Daschle and Democrats who believed they might succeed by attracting support from Republicans leery of voting against efforts to enhance domestic security.
They also thought the battle would help them paint Bush as not paying enough attention to going after terrorism at home.