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Friday, June 27, 2008

$165 Billion War Funding Approved By The Senate

The House passed the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 aka the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, last week and it was sent to the Senate.

Tonight the Senate passed $165 Billion War Funding, with no restrictions or time lines on withdrawing from Iraq.

the vote was 92 to 6, roll call found here.

The $165 billion bill funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan into early 2009 with no restrictions.

It also includes extended unemployment benefits and the expansion of the GI Bill, two key domestic priorities of Democrats.

The bill also provides more than $2 billion in disaster assistance for areas in the Midwest dealing with massive flooding.

The House passed the bill last week after Democrats and Republicans reached a compromise that satisfied Bush administration officials. It now goes to the White House for the president's signature.

More tomorrow............