US Congress approves spending measure for Afghanistan

July 28th, 2010 - 8:03 am ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama Washington, July 28 (DPA) The US Congress Tuesday passed a $58.8-billion spending measure that includes $33 billion for the war and troop buildup in Afghanistan.
The 308-114 vote in the House of Representatives sends the bill, passed by the Senate last week, to President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature.

The bill includes $37.1 billion to pay for military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, $2.9 billion for earthquake relief in Haiti and other money for domestic programmes.

Delays in the legislation had raised concerns in the Pentagon that it could run low on money with the massive troop surge underway in Afghanistan. The Senate cut out billions of dollars sought by the House for domestic jobs and education programmes.

Obama had encountered opposition from some Democrats opposed to the war in Afghanistan who want a more definitive timetable for withdrawing troops. Obama in December announced plans to send thousands of more troops to Afghanistan.

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