Pro-war Republicans with their Democratic counterparts in a 268-155 vote that provides $162 billion to fund U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan well into next year.
The White House issued a statement supporting the legislation:
The measure provides $2.7 billion infusion of emergency flood relief for the Midwest. The bill would provide the total to more than $650 billion – the amount provided by Congress for the war in Iraq since it started five years ago. Nearly $200 billion in additional funding has gone to operations in Afghanistan.
It also would give Bush’s successor several months to set Iraq policy after taking office in January.
“The way it’s been set up now, whoever … is president will have a few months to think through how we are going to extricate ourselves,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey.
Congressional business as usual. Just thought you might want to know where your tax money is going.
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