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Lawmakers: New Security Costs Money

Mon Jun 10, 2002

By SHARON THEIMER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior lawmakers say they doubt a far-reaching new domestic security department proposed by President Bush could be created without higher spending.

Democratic Sens. Joseph Biden, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Kent Conrad, Budget Committee chairman, said Sunday they are skeptical of the White House contention that the department will not increase the cost of government.