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Congress Approves War Funds

Measure doesn't tie funds to Iraq withdrawals, making Bush veto less likely
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2007 5:41 PM CST

(Newser) – The Senate today authorized a defense bill providing $506.9 billion for Pentagon programs and $189.4 billion in funding for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars—but no timetables on troop withdrawals, which brought vetoes on earlier efforts. The bill, approved 90-3 by the Senate, expands the army by 13,000 and enhances veterans care programs, with special regard to brain injuries and psychological disorders.

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The bill would not fund the war past February, and Senate Republicans are expected to push for $70 billion in appropriations legislation to continue well into 2008—another bill Democrats are expected to fight but eventually support. Today’s measure also authorized $10 billion for European missile defense, but ties the project to parliamentary approval by the countries involved. (Read more Iraq stories.)

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