Thursday, February 02, 2006

Bush to Request $70B More for War Funding

My only question to this story is, "Mr. President, where is this money going to come from?" This is from Yahoo News:

WASHINGTON - The White House has told Congress to expect requests for about $70 billion in additional funding for the ongoing budget year for the wars in
Iraq and Afghanistan and $18 billion more for hurricane relief, a Senate GOP aide says.

The details of the requests are not finalized but President Bush's budget for 2007, to be submitted next week, will reflect the totals for planning purposes, said the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Another $2.3 billion to combat avian flu is also expected.

The funding for Iraq is in addition to $50 billion approved in December and should be enough to conduct the war through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.

Bush is also expected to set aside $50 billion in the 2007 budget for the war effort, though such funds won't be enough for the entire year.

"We understand that besides the supplemental that now, for the first time, they're going to request a bridge fund," said Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young, R-Fla., who chairs the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee. "This is what we're hearing."

Young and Rep. John Murtha (news, bio, voting record) of Pennsylvania, the senior Democrat on the panel, said late last year that military officials had told them to expect additional Iraq funding of as much as $100 billion for 2006.

But the lawmakers said this week that the total could be lower because of expected troop reductions.

On relief for Hurricane Katrina, the request will include funding for federal facilities such as military bases and veterans hospitals damaged by the September storm.

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