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Senate Passes $91.3 Billion War Funding Bill

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday passed a $91.3 billion military spending bill, shorn of money President Barack Obama wants to close the Guantanamo Bay prison but allowing him to significantly ramp up the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

The Senate voted 86-3 to pass the bill, which provides money for military and diplomatic operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, setting up House-Senate talks on a compromise measure to present to Obama next month.

The spending measure closely tracks Obama's request for war funds, although the $80 million he was seeking to close the U.S. naval prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was dropped Wednesday.

A three-day Senate debate on the bill featured little of the angst over the situation in Afghanistan that permeated debate in the House last week on companion legislation.

by Fran on Fri May 22nd, 2009 at 01:58:40 PM EST
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ROLL CALL, H.R.2346, "Supplemental Appropriations Act," (FY 2008-2009 budget) as amended.

Not voting: Begich,Byrd, Carper, Hagan, Hatch, Kennedy, Murray, Rockefeller, Shaheen, Udall

Highlights! Chapter 4-9, CHAPTER 4--GENERAL GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT AND FUNDS APPROPRIATED TO THE PRESIDENT

  • NATO: Security Investment Program,  $100M; Department of Defense Base Closure Account 2005, $263,3M

  • DHHS public health and social services emergency fund, $1.85BILLION, to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic, including the development and purchase of vaccine, antivirals, necessary medical supplies, diagnostics, and other surveillance tools and to assist international efforts and respond to international needs relating to the 2009-H1N1 influenza outbreak,

  • Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps, $235.8M to carry out planning and design and military construction projects not otherwise authorized by law; Air Force $279M to carry out planning and design and military construction projects not otherwise authorized by law; Defense-Wide $1,086BILLION to carry out planning and design and military construction projects not otherwise authorized by law

  • Dept of State diplomatic and consular programs, $1,016BILLION for worldwide security protection, to support operations in and assistance for Afghanistan and to carry out the provisions of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, and for public diplomacy activities to the Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Region; PLUS embassy security, construction, and maintenance, $989,628M

  • BILATERAL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE, economic support fund, $2,907BILLION for assistance for Pakistan, the National Solidarity Program in Afghanistan, the United States Agency for International Development, programs in the West Bank and Gaza ("Provided further, That none of the funds made available under this heading for cash transfer assistance to the Palestinian Authority"), disaster assistance in Burm, and "developing countries impacted by the global financial crisis, including Haiti, Liberia, and Indonesia'


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 22nd, 2009 at 04:40:49 PM EST
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