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  • Congress expects up to $1(00)B wartime request

    12/13/2005 3:39:26 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 6 replies · 325+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 13 2005 | LIZ SIDOTI
    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is in the early stages of drafting a wartime request for up to $100 billion more for Iraq and Afghanistan, lawmakers say, a figure that would push spending related to the wars toward a staggering half-trillion dollars. That would be in addition to $50 billion Congress is about to give the Pentagon before lawmakers adjourn for the year for operations in Iraq for the beginning of 2006. Military commanders expect that pot to last through May. "They were very ambitious," said Loren Thompson, a military analyst with the Lexington Institute, a Washington-based think tank, who has...
  • Bush Praises Congress for Providing Resources to Fight Terror

    07/30/2005 5:33:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 240+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | July 30, 2005 | Rudi Williams
    WASHINGTON, July 30, 2005 – Earlier this year, President Bush asked Congress to pass critical legislation to give U.S. troops the resources they need to fight and win the war on terror. That was one of the key victories accomplished during the congressional session that wrapped up this week, the president said during his weekly radio address this morning. Bush signed into law on May 11 legislation that provides $82 billion in supplemental funding, most of it to help cover the cost of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The measure provides $75.9 billion for the Defense Department, including funds for...
  • Legal Summary: Constitution Day and Federal Employees

    07/20/2005 2:21:48 PM PDT · by John Filson · 24 replies · 554+ views
    In short, this legislation requires federal employees to spend time near Constitution Day at their department's direction. The new rules do not refer to a 'living document.' It also changes US Code describing September 17th to be Constitution Day instead of citizenship day. See also Indy Pendance's WP article thread: Skip to comments. New Law Requires Workers To Learn About Constitution (Federal Employees)
  • House Readies More War Funding

    06/17/2005 5:45:09 AM PDT · by robowombat · 213+ views
    Military.com ^ | June 17, 2005
    House Readies More War Funding June 17, 2005 The House of Representatives on Thursday considered an additional $45 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan next year on a presumption that U.S. troops will need the money to defeat insurgencies and defend the nascent democracies there. Although the measure came up late Thursday, the House postponed a vote on it until Monday. The money would be above the $82 billion approved for the same purpose in May. President Bush did not request the additional money, which is being added to the Defense Department budget rather than approved separately, as has been done...
  • Bush Approves $81bn for Iraq, Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON, 13 May 2005 — President George W. Bush signed Wednesday an $81 billion package to finance military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The emergency package includes $76 billion for military operations, with the rest going to civilian spending and international aid to Sudan, the Palestinians and victims of a tsunami that hit Asia late last year. The monies are intended to fund US military operations through the end of the 2005 fiscal year, which ends September 30. The legislation also includes $92 million to aid displaced persons in Sudan and 907 million dollars for Asian countries struck by December’s...
  • 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 · 715 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...
  • WSJ: What? Spending Restraint? -- The lame-duck Congress may not be a lame as we thought.

    11/19/2004 6:07:51 AM PST · by OESY · 7 replies · 743+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 19, 2004 | Editorial
    ...The end of the last fiscal year on September 30 brought good news on the deficit front. And there's a fighting chance that the current lame-duck Congress will actually exercise some restraint in its appropriations for 2005. The media Furies and partisans are all astir because Congress voted to raise the debt limit again this week, as if not lifting the borrowing cap and defaulting was a viable option for the U.S. But the real story emerging this week is that the White House finally seems serious about holding the line on its budgetary spending strictures -- and won't stand...
  • Need help! How did they vote on $87 billion

    11/11/2004 7:03:22 PM PST · by gc4nra · 9 replies · 394+ views
    I was wondering if anyone here on FR could tell me how some of these brain-dead liberals that keep "paying tribute" to Veterans on this Veteran's Day voted on the $87 billion to support our troops? So far I read a letter to the editor in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Juanita Millender-McMillan and watched Sheila Jackson-Lee on Hannity and Combes pay tribute to Veterans, but I suspect it's just lip-service. Tried to google but all I got was sKerry
  • Congress approves spending bill with 3.5 percent raise for servicemembers (pass on this good news)

    10/14/2004 6:05:35 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 31 replies · 637+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | October 13, 2004 | Lisa Burgess
    ARLINGTON, Va. — Democrats and Republicans came together over the weekend to iron out their differences over the National Defense Authorization Bill, resulting in a $445.6 billion piece of legislation that will now go to President Bush for signing. The bill includes an across- the-board 3.5 percent pay raise for all men and women in uniform. And worried about servicemembers stretched thin by repeated deployments in Iraq and elsewhere, Congress also boosted the Army’s end strength by 20,000 and the Marine Corps’ by 3,000 by the end of October 2005, the end of the government’s fiscal year. Other key provisions...
  • House Approves $477 Billion Defense Bill

    10/09/2004 12:35:57 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 1 replies · 259+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sat, Oct. 09, 2004 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - The House on Saturday approved a $477 billion defense bill with a military pay raise and new money for Iraq and Afghanistan. Without debate, representatives voted 359-14 to send the bill to the Senate. It was not clear when senators would act. The bill includes an across-the-board 3.5 percent pay raise for military personnel and expanded health care for reservists, as well as $25 billion to support operational costs for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The legislation would overhaul the way sickened nuclear weapons industry workers are compensated and let South Carolina and Idaho store radioactive waste from...
  • WSJ: The Real DeLay Scandal -- The House is shocked to find vote buying in its ranks

    10/06/2004 5:40:35 AM PDT · by OESY · 4 replies · 645+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 6, 2004 | Editorial
    The House Ethics Committee has just admonished Tom DeLay for the sin of twisting the arm of a reluctant fellow Republican to vote for last year's mega-super-ultra Medicare expansion. If only that were the Majority Leader's real offense. The House ethicists were distressed, if only mildly so, that Mr. DeLay offered a political favor to Michigan Congressman Nick Smith in return for a "yes" vote on the Medicare prescription-drug bill.... The Committee at least had the honesty to admit that this sort of horse-trading happens all the time on Capitol Hill. But then it rose in high dudgeon to pronounce...
  • House would let administration shift Iraqi rebuilding money to security

    09/29/2004 4:34:22 PM PDT · by conservativo · 6 replies · 240+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | September 29, 2004
    CAPITOL HILL The House has given the Bush administration permission to shift three-point-five (b) billion dollars from Iraqi rebuilding projects to improving security and speeding job creation there. The request was sparked by an ongoing insurgency that has put many contractors well behind schedule. Democrats have used it to launch campaign-season accusations that President Bush had an inadequate blueprint for rebuilding Iraq. Without the change, the White House could shift only 800 (m) million dollars without congressional approval. Though the administration insisted last fall that lawmakers approve more than 18 (b) billion dollars urgently for reconstruction, barely a (b) billion...
  • Davey Crockett's hard-learned lesson about limited government.

    09/20/2004 2:17:03 PM PDT · by TheBattman · 13 replies · 1,616+ views
    A Humbling Lesson: Congressman Davy Crockett Learns About Limited Government   In the following, excerpted from the book The Life of Colonel David Crockett (1884) compiled by Edward S. Ellis, the famous American frontiersman, war hero, and congressman from Tennessee relates how he learned -- from one of his own backwoods constituents -- the vital importance of heeding the Constitution and the dangers of disregarding its restraints. Crockett was then the lion of Washington. I was a great admirer of his character, and, having several friends who were intimate with him, I found no difficulty in making his acquaintance. I was...
  • Senators Denounce U.S. on Iraq Rebuilding

    09/15/2004 5:02:37 PM PDT · by TexKat · 29 replies · 4,644+ views
    AP ^ | 9/15/04 | KEN GUGGENHEIM
    WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans and Democrats on Wednesday denounced the Bush administration's slow progress in rebuilding Iraq, saying the risks of failure are great if it doesn't act with greater urgency. "It's beyond pitiful, it's beyond embarrassing, it's now in the zone of dangerous," said Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., referring to figures showing only about 6 percent of the reconstruction money approved by Congress last year has been spent. Foreign Relations Committee members vented their frustrations at a hearing where the State Department explained its request to divert $3.46 billion in reconstruction funds to security and economic development. The money...
  • Pay Raise Shows America's Commitment to Troops

    08/19/2004 8:47:43 AM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 3 replies · 343+ views
    AFPS-DoD ^ | August 18, 2004 | Kathleen T. Rhem
    Pay Raise Shows America's Commitment to Troops By Kathleen T. RhemAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2004 -- The 3.5 percent pay raise provided for in the 2005 Defense Appropriations Bill shows the U.S. government and the American people are committed to supporting their military forces, DoD's top personnel official said today. "It's a strong signal of the country's support for the men and women in uniform," David S. C. Chu, undersecretary for personnel and readiness, said during an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel. This year's appropriations bill also brings to zero the...
  • Reid On Kerry's Most Important Vote: "We Have To Support Our Troops … Period."

    08/09/2004 4:22:46 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 2 replies · 1,086+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | August 9, 2004
    Sen. Reid understands that John Kerry's vote against troops on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq poses a troubling credibility problem for someone seeking to serve as the nation's commander in chief. Support for the men and women of our military should come without political calculation or pontification. Harry Reid didn't put politics ahead of support for our troops the way John Kerry did." - Steve Schmidt, Bush Cheney '04 Spokesman Sen. Harry Reid On The $87 Billion In Support Of Troops Unlike John Kerry, Sen. Harry Reid Had The Common Sense To Vote For The $87 Billion...
  • U.S. Funds for Iraq Are Largely Unspent

    07/04/2004 1:32:46 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies · 539+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 7/4/04 | Rajiv Chandrasekaran
    <p>BAGHDAD, July 3 -- The U.S. government has spent 2 percent of an $18.4 billion aid package that Congress approved in October last year after the Bush administration called for a quick infusion of cash into Iraq to finance reconstruction, according to figures released Friday by the White House.</p>
  • Senators and Congressmen Against The Troops

    07/01/2004 10:07:55 AM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 15 replies · 133+ views
    BLACKFIVE ^ | July 01, 2004
    Our troops need your help in motivating the U.S. Senate. Bobby Sr. - a father of two 82nd Airborne paratroopers - sent me some information on an upcoming vote in the Senate on HR 4323 - A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide rapid acquisition authority to the Secretary of Defense to respond to combat emergencies. HR 4323 is a bill designed to give the Department of Defense the ability to have Rapid Acquisition Authority (RAA). This ability is desired in order to speed up deployments, make them more effective and to provide adequate protection and...
  • U.S. Senate Approves $447.2 Billion Defense Budget (97-0) did hanoi john vote?

    06/24/2004 8:28:47 PM PDT · by GailA · 13 replies · 240+ views
    Bloomberg ^ | 6/23/04 | none
    <p>June 23 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Senate approved a $447.2 Defense Department authorization bill for the next fiscal year that preserves $13.9 billion for missile defense, raises military pay, and increases the active duty army by 20,000 troops.</p> <p>The measure, which must be reconciled with a similar bill passed last month by the House, also includes a reminder to the U.S. military to respect the Geneva Convention's prohibition on torture of prisoners. It doesn't include a proposed provision creating a new penalty for ``war profiteering.''</p>
  • With Eyes on Goss, House Approves Intelligence Bill

    06/23/2004 11:04:37 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 143+ views
    tampa bay online ^ | 06/23 11:47 pm | Katherine Pfleger Shrader Associated Press Writer
    With Eyes on Goss, House Approves Intelligence BillBy Katherine Pfleger Shrader Associated Press Writer Published: Jun 23, 2004 WASHINGTON (AP) - In his first public performance since being spotlighted as a candidate for CIA director, House Intelligence Chairman Porter Goss defended an intelligence budget bill from Democratic complaints that it doesn't adequately fund counterterrorism. Eyes and attention were on Goss just as much as the legislation, which passed the House late Wednesday by a vote of 360-61. After 16 years in Congress, Goss, R-Fla., is retiring at year's end. Insiders have suggested the 65-year-old former CIA officer is on the...
  • Largest US intelligence bill in history passed amid war on terror

    06/24/2004 12:02:30 AM PDT · by kattracks · 11 replies · 376+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/24/04 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US House of Representative made history when it passed the largest intelligence funding bill ever, calling for a review of information about alleged pre-war ties between Iraq (news - web sites) and al-Qaeda but stopping short of ordering any significant reform of the intelligence community. The 360-61 vote came as all 15 agencies and units comprising the US intelligence community are facing sharp criticism for failing to correctly assess the Iraqi weapons arsenal in the lead-up to the Iraq war and not paying enough attention to the rising threat from the al-Qaeda terrorist network ahead of...
  • Senate Votes to Force Bush to Report to Congress on Iraq Progress

    06/23/2004 8:01:49 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 15 replies · 168+ views
    AP ^ | 6/23/04 | Pauline Jelinek
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate moved Wednesday toward approval of a defense spending bill that covers only part of the Pentagon's upcoming war costs but gives the military a pay raise and increases troop levels. Lawmakers said they expected passage of the $447 billion defense authorization bill late in the night Wednesday. The bill for spending in the year beginning Oct. 1 includes $25 billion for war costs. Officials are expected to submit a supplemental budget later of at least that much again for the two ongoing campaigns. The spending bill also would add 20,000 troops to an Army stretched...
  • House Approves Defense Spending Bill With $25 Billion for Iraq, Afghanistan

    06/23/2004 1:28:35 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies · 162+ views
    tampa bay online ^ | 06/23 12:51 pm | Pauline Jelinek Associated Press Writer
    House Approves Defense Spending Bill With $25 Billion for Iraq, AfghanistanBy Pauline Jelinek Associated Press Writer Published: Jun 23, 2004 WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators on Wednesday debated missile defense costs, additional U.S. troops for Colombia's drug war and whether the Bush administration should release more information on the Iraq campaign, as they attempted to finish a defense spending bill for the coming year. But there were more than 30 pending amendments to the massive Pentagon authorization bill for fiscal year 2005 pending, and votes planned for the morning were delayed. On Tuesday, senators rejected a proposal that would have taken...
  • Congress Approves More Spending on Homeland Security

    06/18/2004 5:23:27 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 4 replies · 124+ views
    VOA ^ | 6-18-04 | Dan Robinson
    The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved, by a margin of 400 votes to five, a bill that provides about $32 billion dollars in spending on homeland security for the coming fiscal year. Lawmakers debated, but ultimately rejected, a proposal to require mandatory screening of all cargo put aboard commercial airline flights. It was the latest chapter of an emotional debate over measures to protect commercial aircraft from terrorist attacks. Currently, all passenger baggage is screened for explosives and a certain percentage of cargo is scanned, although the exact figure has not been revealed for security reasons. However, Massachusetts Congressman...
  • Official Says War Budget to Exceed $50B

    05/13/2004 9:14:08 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 55+ views
    Yahoo via AP ^ | Thu May 13, 6:29 PM ET | ALAN FRAM, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON - Wars in Iraq (news - web sites) and Afghanistan (news - web sites) will cost more than $50 billion next year, a top Defense Department official told Congress Thursday in the Bush administration's clearest description yet of the conflicts' price tags. AP Photo (AP Video) Latest headlines: · Former President Bush Defends Military AP - 7 minutes ago · Rumsfeld Visits Prison in Iraqwashingtonpost.com - 33 minutes ago · CIA Says Al-Zarqawi Beheaded Berg in Iraq AP - 41 minutes ago Special Coverage   The remarks by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz's edged the administration toward critics' estimates...
  • Bush Team to Rework Iraq Funding After Senate Balks

    05/13/2004 8:59:04 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 69+ views
    Yahoo via AFP ^ | Thu May 13, 4:11 PM ET | Vicki Allen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bush administration officials said they would rework a plan for a $25 billion reserve fund for Iraq (news - web sites) operations after Republican and Democratic senators on Thursday deplored it as an effort to get "a blank check" without congressional oversight. Reuters Photo Latest headlines: · Rumsfeld Visits Prison in Iraqwashingtonpost.com - 16 minutes ago · CIA Says Al-Zarqawi Beheaded Berg in Iraq AP - 25 minutes ago · Rumsfeld in Iraq: No Cover-Up of Abuses AP - 25 minutes ago Special Coverage   In a frequently testy Senate Armed Services hearing, even reliable Republican allies...
  • Untitled But Evil Pat Leahy Screed!

    05/12/2004 7:22:45 PM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 27 replies · 253+ views
    HughHewitt ^ | May 12, 2004 | Not Provided
    The United States Senate's goofiest member, Vermont's Patrick Leahy, grandstanded this way in today's Appropriations Committee hearing featuring Donald Rumsfeld: "Mr. Secretary you have said you're sorry, and the president has said he's sorry. Everybody's said they're sorry about the Iraqi prison scandal. It is actually the first time in this long, protracted and rather strange policy I have heard any administration official express regret about any mistake. So let me tell you a few things I am sorry about. I am sorry that someone in the administration gave currency to a fraud to quote George Will by putting in...
  • Official: Bush to Seek $25B for Iraq War

    05/05/2004 1:57:33 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 46 replies · 123+ views
    AP ^ | 5-5-04
    Official: Bush to Seek $25B for Iraq War May 5, 3:15 PM (ET) By ALAN FRAM (AP) A U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter departs the Abu Ghraib Prison after dropping off a fresh group of ... Full Image WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration will ask Congress for an additional $25 billion for U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Republican congressional aides said Wednesday, a change from the White House's earlier plans to not request such money until after the November elections. White House budget chief Joshua Bolten and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz journeyed to the Capitol on Wednesday to...
  • White House May Seek More Funds for Iraq

    04/21/2004 11:34:04 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 70+ views
    Yahoo via AP ^ | Wed, Apr 21, 2004 | SCOTT LINDLAW, Associated Press Writer
    White House May Seek More Funds for Iraq 54 minutes ago Add Top Stories - AP to My Yahoo! By SCOTT LINDLAW, Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON - A top Pentagon (news - web sites) official said Wednesday the Iraqi military operation "is going to cost us more money" than anticipated and the White House suggested it will seek additional funds before the end of this election year. AP Photo Latest headlines: · US military may need to send more troops to Iraq: MyersAFP - 3 minutes ago · Shreds of text books and lost dreams in Basra blastsAFP - 8...
  • An Affordable War

    04/18/2004 11:48:33 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 142+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 26, 2004 | Irwin M. Stelzer
    Bush's critics complain about the money being spent to rebuild Iraq. They don't know a bargain when they see it.PRESIDENT BUSH used last week's press conference to argue that the short-term expenditure of American blood in Iraq is justified by the long-term benefits in increased security for Americans, greater freedom for Iraqis, and the possibility of a pacified, prosperous, and democratic Middle East that is no longer a breeding ground for terror.But he has yet to address critics who contend that the expenditure of our money on the reconstruction of Iraq is not a good use of the nation's material...
  • Officials Working to Get Reserve, Guard Temporary Health Benefits in Place

    03/24/2004 7:28:08 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 9 replies · 125+ views
    DoD-AFPS ^ | March 24, 2004 | Sgt. Doug Sample
    Officials Working to Get Reserve, Guard Temporary Health Benefits in Place By Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample, USAAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, March 24, 2004 -- The Defense Department is working as quickly as possible to implement enhanced Tricare healthcare benefits for reserve component sponsors and their family members, according to defense officials. The Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act and the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2004 authorized the new healthcare benefits, some permanent and some temporary. Eligibility for some of the new temporary Tricare enhancements began Nov. 6, 2003, and ends for all on Dec. 31, 2004. Implementation...