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."