Congress Approves War Funds

House passes budget that includes money for Iraq
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2007 6:19 PM CST
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif., look on during a news conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday in Washington. Congressional Democrats are...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The House today approved a $556 billion spending bill that grants President Bush his wish for $70 billion in additional funds for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Reuters reports. The measure, which also funds most of the federal government through next September, marks another setback for Democrats looking to curb Bush's war policies. It already cleared the Senate and now goes to Bush for his signature.

The fight over the wide-ranging spending plan centered on Iraq, and Bush threatened to veto the bill unless it included money for the war, the AP notes. "The new money in this bill represents one cave-in too many," said Democrat Jim McGovern of Massachusetts. It is an endorsement of George Bush's policy of endless war."