Senate Majority Whip McConnell and House Minority Whip Hoyer
said Thursday they are working to reprogram as much as $2
million in FY04 funding to boost the startup operations of the
newly formed Election Assistance Commission.
"It's not a huge amount of money, and they have a legitimate
need," McConnell said.
The commission, created under the Help America Vote Act, was
given $1.2 million in startup funds. But members of the panel,
who were not appointed until last December, told the House
Administration Committee Thursday the funding was insufficient
to hire personnel, secure office space and disburse federal
funds to elections officials.
McConnell said the new funding would likely be "a little bit
under" $2 million.
Hoyer said he was working with McConnell and House
Transportation-Treasury Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman
Ernest Istook, R-Okla., to secure existing funds for the EAC.
"We're trying to get some mechanism that will allow us to
transfer funds," Hoyer said.