Bush: $770M Needed For Food Aid

Congress must approve money, part of a larger Iraq funding measure
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2008 3:40 PM CDT
Children wait for food at a UN distribution center in Port-au-Prince, Friday, April 18, 2008.   (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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(Newser) – Amid rising food prices and overtaxed international reserves, President Bush proposed a new $770 million aid package today, Reuters reports. The money is part of a supplemental $70 billion measure that also includes Iraq war funding and would require a vote in Congress.

Bush pushed through a $200 million emergency measure two weeks ago without congressional oversight, AP reports. "I think more needs to be done,” he said today. “I'm asking Congress to provide an additional $770 million to support food aid and development programs.”