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The Senate moves on the $59B Afghan war funding Bill……And Disaster Aid for the states….

The Senate can move when it wants to…

That is because this bill contains something for every state…..

The House is going to get some heat from the Democratic left….But the basic bill will be approved….

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday moved forward a $59 billion spending bill, even as some panel members expressed skepticism about pouring more funds into the Afghanistan war.

More than half the money – $33.5 billion – would fund President Barack Obama’s plan to increase U.S. troops by 30,000 in Afghanistan, as well as continuing military operations in Iraq. Much of the remainder would go toward foreign aid and assistance to Haiti and U.S. states hit by natural disasters.

The panel approved the legislation drafted by panel Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), the ranking Republican, by voice vote and with minor amendments Thursday. And it had plenty of support.

The Senate action is the first step in getting a supplemental to the president’s desk before the Memorial Day recess, a deadline set by Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The vote came as Afghan President Hamid Karzai wrapped up a four-day visit to Washington, during which he met with Obama at the White House and with key lawmakers on the Hill. On Thursday, Karzai made a brief appearance in the Senate chamber, escorted by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.).

The supplemental is expected to face a tougher audience in the House, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said that passing it will be “a heavy lift,” in large part because of liberals who oppose the war.

Pelosi said Karzai’s meetings this week would weigh heavily on the war funding bill, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said lawmakers expected more from Karzai.

The war funding in the Senate bill mirrors the request made by the Obama administration.

In addition to the war spending, Inouye’s bill includes $5.1 billion to replenish the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief fund; $6.2 billion for State Department operations and foreign aid in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Haiti; and $13.4 billion for disability compensation to Vietnam War veterans affected by Agent Orange exposure.

The measure includes $400 million that wasn’t requested by the Obama administration for recent disasters, such as floods in Tennessee, a storm in Rhode Island and tornadoes in the Midwest and South.

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May 16, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, The Economy, Updates | , ,

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  2. the COST of the war in Afghanistan recently surpassed the COST of war in Iraq

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 17, 2010 | Reply

  3. So?

    No one is packing it in anytime soon…..

    And I expect the US Military to have footprint in Iraq for years to come…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 17, 2010 | Reply

  4. And I expect the US Military to have footprint in Iraq for years to come…
    ————–

    this sucks

    from birth to the sixth grade

    I lived a life of no continuous battles

    then Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield happens and

    splat ever since

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 17, 2010 | Reply

  5. ?????

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 17, 2010 | Reply


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