House Takes Up War Spending Measure

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

A bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through the end of September will be under House consideration today.

The almost $97 billion measure is nearly $12 billion more than the administration asked for. According to the Congressional Research Service, the spending would push the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to almost $1 trillion.

Some of the extra funding covers cargo planes the administration didn't ask for, as well as almost double the amount requested for mine-resistant vehicles.

It does not include the $80 million the administration requested to close the Guantanamo Bay prison. It does include a request for a detailed plan regarding the prison's future.

Republicans tried, but failed, to include a provision blocking the shutdown of Guantanamo.

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