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Monday, June 30, 2008

Bush Signs War Funding Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008

Congress had approved it, the Senate passed it and today President Bush signed the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 aka the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.

The bill was passed through both the House and Senate with no timelines for withdrawing from Iraq.

Hailing the $162 billion US measure as a rare product of bipartisan co-operation, Bush said Monday at the White House: "This bill shows the American people that even in an election year, Republicans and Democrats can come together to stand behind our troops and their families."

He thanked specifically members of both parties in Congress and singled out some sponsors of the long-delayed, compromise measure for praise.

His positive comments were in contrast with the combative tone that has dominated the drawn-out debate between Congress and his administration over Iraq that took more than 500 days to conclude.

You can see the bill itself here.