Senate and House negotiators failed to reach agreement by the Memorial Day recess on a supplemental spending bill that promises billions of dollars for Gulf Coast reconstruction. But House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) says he�s confident that final congressional approval will come quickly after the break. Negotiators have to reconcile a $109-billion Senate bill and a $92-billion House version. Most of the funds would go to the Defense Dept. for the war in Iraq. But both measures also contain large sums for Gulf Coast work. The Senate version allots $4 billion and the House $1.5 billion for Corps of Engineers flood control projects in the New Orleans area. The Senate bill includes $561 million and the House measure $550 million to rebuild a Dept. of Veterans Affairs hospital in New Orleans.