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  • Congress Approves Additional $82B for Wars

    05/10/2005 3:33:45 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 20 replies · 930+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2005 | Liz Sidoti
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress approved an additional $82 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan and combating terrorism worldwide on Tuesday, boosting the cost of the global effort since 2001 to more than $300 billion. The Senate approved the measure by a 100-0 vote Tuesday. The House easily approved the measure last week. It now goes to President Bush for his signature, which is certain. The fifth such emergency spending package Congress has taken up since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the bill includes sweeping immigration changes, a nearly tenfold increase in the one-time payment for families of troops killed in...
  • $96.6 million earmarked to rebuild Iraq disappears

    05/07/2005 8:09:44 AM PDT · by BiscuitEater · 17 replies · 688+ views
    From The Kansas City Star: WASHINGTON — Nearly $100 million in Iraqi reconstruction cash — intended to be handed out by U.S. workers in shrink-wrapped bricks of $100 bills — can't be accounted for, federal auditors reported Wednesday. A criminal investigation into possible fraud in a handful of cases is under way to determine what happened to some of the $96.6 million earmarked to rebuild south-central Iraq, according to a report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. The money came from Iraqi oil sales and other local revenue, not from U.S. taxpayers, and it was to be distributed...
  • Army Running Out Of Money

    04/28/2005 11:42:01 AM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies · 519+ views
    Army Running Out Of Money WASHINGTON - The Army is close to running out of money for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon. U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld informed Congress Wednesday the Army's operating fund will be exhausted early next month, and the Army is already slowing its spending. The war in Iraq costs more than $1 billion a week, and most of the cost is incurred by the Army. The Afghan operation costs about $250 million a week. Although the House and Senate have approved a $82 billion supplemental appropriation for this year's military operations, the...
  • Senate Set to OK $81B War Spending Bill

    04/21/2005 12:43:48 PM PDT · by Asphalt · 4 replies · 482+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 21, 2005 | LIZ SIDOTI
    The Senate moved toward approving $81 billion for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on Thursday in a measure that would push the total cost of combat and reconstruction past $300 billion. Both the Senate and House versions of the measure would give President Bush much of the money he requested, but the chambers differ over what portion should go to military operations versus other assistance. Immigration changes, a U.S. embassy in Baghdad, military death benefits and an aircraft carrier are among the many other issues of conflict that will have to be sorted out by Senate and House negotiators. Congressional...
  • U.S. Senate moves toward approving $81 billion for Iraq, Afghanistan

    04/21/2005 7:44:24 PM PDT · by tomball · 4 replies · 316+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 21, 2005 | LIZ SIDOTI
    WASHINGTON-The Senate moved toward approving $81 billion (?62 billion) for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on Thursday in a measure that would push the total cost of combat and reconstruction past $300 billion. Both the Senate and House versions of the measure would give President George W. Bush much of the money he requested, but the chambers differ over what portion should go to military operations versus other assistance. Immigration changes, a U.S. embassy in Baghdad, military death benefits and an aircraft carrier are among the many other issues of conflict that will have to be sorted out by...
  • Immigration to be in military debate

    04/16/2005 12:13:33 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 685+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | Saturday, April 16, 2005 | TRACI CARL The Associated Press
    Senate sides agree on how to handle issues attached to supplemental funding for Iraq, Afghanistan. WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans and Democrats worked out a deal Friday on how to handle immigration issues attached to a spending measure for U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The immigration measures spilled into the Senate's debate over an $80.6 billion military-spending bill after the House included measures in its version to deny driver's licenses to illegal immigrants and make it harder for foreigners to stay in the United States on claims of asylum. One measure to be voted on , sponsored by Sen. Larry...
  • Democrats threaten to stall war funds

    04/13/2005 1:29:29 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 18 replies · 712+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, April 13, 2005 | By Stephen Dinan
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES Senate Democrats are threatening to bog down the emergency war-spending bill with a broad debate on immigration if Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist doesn't win a guarantee from House Republicans to drop driver's license limits from their chamber's version. Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said yesterday that he wants to ensure the eventual House-Senate conference will not include the House-passed Real ID Act, which cracks down on illegal immigrants' ability to use driver's licenses and restricts asylum claims. Click to learn more... "The problem that is here is that when they go to conference, they just...
  • Fighting bureaucracy in war on terror - (appropriated funds not spent; mistakes being made)

    04/13/2005 9:19:51 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 291+ views
    RENEW AMERICA.US ^ | APRIL 13, 2005 | ISAIAH Z. STERRETT
    IT'S ONE THING to read about the "Summer of Threat," as we do in the government's new WMD report. That's history. What's unnerving is to discover that Washington, D.C. has neglected to spend even half of the $145 million it's been allotted for counterterrorism by the federal government. The Washington Post solemnly reports that $120 million received by the national capital region between 2002 and 2004 remains unspent. The money in question is "earmarked for such critical items as hospital beds and protective gear for rescue workers." Admittedly, this isn't quite as shocking as Camilla Parker Bowles' wedding hat, but...
  • Need help with answer re: Cost of Iraq war

    04/08/2005 4:04:23 PM PDT · by StarCMC · 51 replies · 754+ views
    My friends lib hubby (she's conservative) sent her a link to this site. Does anyone you there know where you can find dollar figures for this stuff? Is this website anywhere close to accurate? Thanks for any help - I plan to send her a link to this thread once a few responses are posted!
  • US House cuts back military aid for Poland

    03/17/2005 10:34:30 AM PST · by lizol · 42 replies · 901+ views
    poland.pl ^ | 2005-03-17
    US House cuts back military aid for Poland 2005-03-17, 14:17 The US House of Representatives approved an $81.4 billion war spending bill that would slash President George Bush's foreign aid request and add nearly $2 billion more than he sought for defense. The bill cuts $400 million that Bush had asked for to reward war allies within the so-called Solidarity Fund. One fourth of the fund money was supposed to be given to Poland – according to the promise president Aleksander Kwasniewski brought back from his talks with GW Bush earlier this year. In a statement the White House asked...
  • House Ties Immigration Bill to Military Appropriations

    03/16/2005 3:20:21 PM PST · by Conservative Firster · 24 replies · 705+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 16, 2005 | By ANNE E. KORNBLUT
    WASHINGTON, March 15 - The House on Tuesday tied a contentious immigration bill to a measure to provide an additional $81.3 billion for military operations and foreign aid, potentially complicating negotiations with the Senate on both issues. Most of the money in the spending bill would go to Iraq and Afghanistan, and the day's debate offered Republicans and Democrats a platform to debate foreign and budgetary policy. Several members criticized the Bush administration for seeking the money outside the usual appropriations process even though many of the expenses were long anticipated. Drawing particular criticism was a provision to spend $590...
  • War, Baseball and National I.D.

    03/14/2005 11:32:44 PM PST · by Dixielander · 11 replies · 423+ views
    The Liberty Committee ^ | 3/14/05 | Kent Snyder
    Action Alert: War, baseball & national ID March 14, 2005 Tomorrow evening or Wednesday morning the U.S. House will vote on the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief -- all rolled into one awful bill: H.R. 1268. We urge a "no" vote because of what the bill contains tonight. (We can only imagine what will be added during the next 24 hours when members' pet projects are funded to buy those members' votes.) At $87.5 billion, it will be the second largest supplemental appropriations bill in the history of the world (and...
  • Troop strentgh and Congress

    02/22/2005 6:54:33 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 140+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Feb. 22, 2005 | Douglas Hanson
    The debate continues about US troop strength and its impact on the ability of our forces to conduct sustained combat operations in the War on Terror. Recently, The Weekly Standard published a bi-partisan Open Letter to the majority and minority leaders of both houses of Congress. The letter urges the Congressional leaders to enact legislation to increase the size of the US Army and the US Marine Corps by 25,000 per year over a period of “several years.” The letter is signed by an impressive group of retired military leaders, military historians and analysts, and former members of the civilian...
  • Bush Wants $82B More for Iraq, Afghan Costs

    02/14/2005 10:16:27 AM PST · by CitizenHelper · 186 replies · 2,709+ views
    AP ^ | February 14, 2005 | AP
    WASHINGTON - President Bush was poised to officially ask Congress Monday for an estimated $82 billion to cover the costs of continuing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and a myriad of other internationally related expenses, including training Iraqi security forces and aiding victims of the tsunami. The White House was to send the supplemental budget request to Capitol Hill late Monday, White House press secretary Scott McClellan told reporters. Included in the request is $74.9 billion for the Defense Department, including $5 billion for transforming Army divisions and brigades and $5.7 billion for training and equipping Iraqi military and...
  • President signs $388 billion spending bill [, not troubled by pork]

    12/09/2004 9:40:18 AM PST · by newgeezer · 32 replies · 627+ views
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | December 9, 2004 | Associated Press
         WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush on Wednesday signed into law a $388 billion legislative package that covers the spending of every federal agency but the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security.      Congress sent the measure, which covers the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, to the president Tuesday. A temporary spending measure was to expire at midnight.      Congress passed the package Nov. 20. Lawmakers delayed sending it to the White House until they overturned language that would have made it easier for some members of Congress to see income tax returns.      White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the president was...
  • CA:Congressman vying for powerful House (Appropriations) committee post (Jerry Lewis R-Redlands)

    12/04/2004 4:00:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 382+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/4/04 | Erica Werner - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A Southern California congressman is a leading candidate for one of the most powerful jobs on Capitol Hill - chairman of the House committee that determines government spending. Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, won't talk publicly about his bid to lead the House Appropriations Committee, and there are no candidate debates or attack ads in this race. But behind the scenes Lewis is campaigning hard for the post, donating about $1.3 million to Republican candidates and causes and making pitches to fellow House members, individually and in groups. To demonstrate his fitness for the job to Republican leaders...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 735 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • WSJ: Budget Trap -- Why Republicans are spending like Democrats.

    11/29/2004 5:19:42 AM PST · by OESY · 32 replies · 1,864+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 29, 2004 | Editorial
    ...Democrats have also learned to skewer Republicans for their individual "earmarks," which by one account total 18,000 this year and add up to $22 billion. These pork-barrel classics -- e.g., $1 million for a "Wild American Shrimp Initiative" -- obscure the larger truth that this year's spending bill is actually the first in years to show some restraint. Domestic non-defense discretionary spending will rise by less than 2% in Fiscal Year 2005. But what many voters will remember instead is that Republican incumbents are as spendthrift as Democratic incumbents. A solution here is for Republicans to change the current budget...
  • Lawmakers' Pet Projects Lay Deep Inside $388 Billion Spending Bill

    11/24/2004 9:25:49 AM PST · by nj26 · 9 replies · 365+ views
    New York Times ^ | 11/24/04 | Robert Pear
    The $388 billion spending bill approved by Congress in the last few days is a cornucopia full of money designated for specific highway projects, locks and dams, parks, libraries, airports, museums, zoos, hospitals, schools and universities in every corner of the country, from the northernmost reaches of Maine to the southern tip of Texas and the most remote islands of Hawaii. The projects are so numerous, so diverse and so scattered through the legislation that no one - not even Congressional aides responsible for the programs - knows all that has been stuffed into the bill. The bill includes $300,000...
  • Istook derails earmarks (Retribution for Northeastern Republican Amtrak supporters)

    11/24/2004 8:31:54 AM PST · by nj26 · 27 replies · 836+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/24/04 | Hans Nichols
    Deep in the transportation section of this year’s omnibus spending bill, Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Okla.) dispensed a little appropriator’s justice, punishing 21 Republicans who wrote him a letter in support of $1.8 billion for Amtrak. Istook, chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury and Independent Agencies, drastically reduced, or entirely excised, the transportation earmarks that those lawmakers were expecting to receive, making good on a little-noticed threat he issued in a letter last February. Istook’s anti-Amtrak retribution hit several of the Republican majority’s most vulnerable members, including Reps. Rob Simmons (R-Conn.) and Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.), two Northeastern centrists who won...