Biological Terrorism

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The President’s FY 2003 budget, which was delivered to Congress yesterday, increases funding by 319% to help defend America against bioterrorism. President Bush proposes $5.9 billion in bioterrorism funding, an increase of $4.5 billion from the 2002 level. These funds will be used to improve America’s state and local hospitals and health systems, improve response efforts, build up the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile, and develop new vaccines, medicines and diagnostic tests through aggressive R&D. Specifically, bioterrorism funding will …

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…security, and improved intelligence. President Bush’s budget nearly doubles spending on homeland security - providing a total of $38 billion. This includes $5.9 billion to counter bioterrorism; $10.6 billion to secure our borders, including more than doubling the number of Border Patrol agents on our Northern border; $380 million to implement an entry-exit visa security system; $4.8 billion to toughen aviation security; and $3.5 billion to equip and train first responders such as firefighters, law enforcement and emergency medical personnel.