The Senate has approved a to $109 billion supplemental spending measure that includes $28.9 billion to continue rebuilding the Gulf Coast after last year's hurricane's.
The Senate vote on May 4 sets up a difficult conference with the House, which passed a $92-billion bill in March. The White House has said President Bush will veto the bill if it contains more than $92 billion.
The $28.9 billion disaster-relief section of the Senate bill includes $4 billion for the Corps of Engineers to strengthen levees and carry out other flood control work around New Orleans. The House version had $1.5 billion forthe Corps' flood control projects, but Bush subsequently requested an additional $2.2 billion.