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Drug-Free Communities Bill Out of House Committee

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The U.S. House of Representatives' Government Reform Committee made only minor changes to the reauthorization bill for the Drug-Free Communities Support Program, Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly reported Aug. 6.

The bill passed out of committee would increase the program's funding levels to $50.6 million in fiscal 2002, $60 million for fiscal 2003, and $70 million for fiscal 2004. The amounts are consistent with the original allocations in President Bush's proposed budget.

However, the House committee authorized $80 million in funding for 2005, $90 million for 2006 and $99 million for 2007, higher amounts than the original bill. In addition, the committee would give funding priority to economically disadvantaged communities.

The U.S. Senate will consider the bill in September.

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