Bush Asks $46B More for Wars

Request brings the total to $196.4 billion this year
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2007 4:07 PM CDT
President Bush makes a statement about the Iraq War Supplemental, Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, in the Roosevelt Room in the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Citing the need to "provide our troops with the support they need to get the job done," President Bush asked Congress today for $46 billion more to fund wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the AP reports. Not so fast, said congressional Democrats, who vowed not to act until next year despite Bush's plea to pass the measure before the holidays.

The request brings the total for 2007 to $196.4 billion, and Bush's framing of the funding as backing for "our men and women on the front lines" rather than the administration's foreign policy appears sure to set off another round of debate, the Washington Post reports. "President Bush should not expect Congress to rubber-stamp his latest request," said Harry Reid.