Congress Quietly Approves Billions More for Iraq War

by John Nichols

The Senate agreed on Thursday to increase the federal debt limit by $850 billion – from $8.965 trillion to $9.815 trillion – and then proceeded to approve a stop-gap spending bill that gives the Bush White House at least $9 billion in new funding for its war in Iraq.

Additionally, the administration has been given emergency authority to tap further into a $70 billion “bridge fund” to provide new infusions of money for the occupation while the Congress works on appropriations bills for the Department of Defense and other agencies.

Translation: Under the guise of a stop-gap spending bill that is simply supposed to keep the government running until a long-delayed appropriations process is completed – probably in November – the Congress has just approved a massive increase in war funding.

The move was backed by every senator who cast a vote, save one.

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5 thoughts on “Congress Quietly Approves Billions More for Iraq War

  1. Senator Russ Feingold… the only sane voice in the Senate. We need more like him, at least 59 more like him. Or is it too late for us?

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