Brief: Lawmakers want e-gov cash

Lawmakers are pushing appropriators to restore $40 million to the E-Government Fund, money the Senate axed from the omnibus fiscal 2003 appropriations bill.

The Bush administration had requested $45 million, which was authorized in the E-Government Act of 2002. But the Senate left only $5 million in the omnibus bill.

The money will be used for projects that make federal information and services more available or allow interagency transactions.

Sens. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., and Conrad Burns, R-Mont., wrote the Senate Appropriations Committee Jan. 27, saying the fund provides crucial money to promote innovation. Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., wrote the House Appropriations Committee Jan. 28, asking that the funds be restored.


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