US House passes $162 bn bill for Iraq, Afghan wars

June 20th, 2008 - 11:48 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, June 20 (DPA) The US House of Representatives has passed a $162-billion measure to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for education benefits for veterans of the ongoing conflicts. The Lower House of US parliament passed the measure in a 268-155 vote Thursday after weeks of tough negotiations with US President George W. Bush, who opposed spending extra money beyond what is needed for the wars.

The White House relented after the centre-left Democratic majority agreed to remove some domestic spending but kept the veterans’ education package, which Bush had opposed.

The Senate is expected to take up similar legislation next week.

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