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Sens. Saxby Chambliss (left) of Georgia and Jeff Sessions of Alabama (right) were among the 18 Republicans who voted against the homeland security spending bill. Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (center) of Illinois joined his fellow Democrats in voting "yes."

associated press Sens. Saxby Chambliss (left) of Georgia and Jeff Sessions of Alabama (right) were among the 18 Republicans who voted against the homeland security spending bill. Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (center) of Illinois joined his fellow Democrats in voting "yes."

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