The Senate failed to pass a $4.9-billion, disaster-assistance package this week during consideration of the FY '07 ag appropriations bill. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Judd Gregg (R-NH) objected and raised budget concerns.

The administration continues to oppose the proposal. The statement of administration policy said, "If the president is presented with a bill his senior advisors believe would result in total 2007 appropriations exceeding the $873 billion top line, the president's senior advisors would recommend he veto the bill."
-- P. Scott Shearer, Washington, D.C., correspondent