By a 55-34 vote, the Senate has defeated a proposal that
would have provided $70 million for a global positioning system for trucks
carrying hazardous materials, according to press reports.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, proposed the amendment, which
would have been part of the homeland security appropriations bill for fiscal
Sen. Thad Cochran R-MS, head of the Senate Appropriations
Committee's Homeland Security Subcommittee, requested the amendment be tabled,
saying is was unnecessary because many measures within the legislation were
already being pursued.
Also, he said, it could have a negative effect on the
economy by financially burdening transporters of hazardous materials.