The Clarion-Ledger, 5/17/7

Sen. Thad Cochran won Senate support Wednesday for an amendment calling for speedy approval of a new emergency spending bill that would pay for the Iraq war and funnel more than $6 billion in hurricane aid to Mississippi and Louisiana.

Cochran’s amendment, attached to a water resources development bill approved by the Senate on Wednesday, is not binding. But it expressed the Mississippi Republican’s frustration that Congress has failed to approve an emergency spending bill President Bush will accept.