Senate Passes Iraq Funding Bill

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CBNNews.com - The Senate has approved $165 billion to fund the war in Iraq -- plus some domestic projects -- until President Bush leaves office.

The 70-26 vote came after Bush, speaking to troops at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, urged Congress to pass a war funding bill without congressional add-ons.

"We should be able to agree that our troops deserve America's full support," Bush said at an outdoor ceremony.

"And that means that the United States Congress needs to pass a responsible war funding bill that does not tie the hands of our commanders and gives our troops everything they need to complete and accomplish the mission," he added.

However, some 25 Republicans endorsed money for grants to local police departments, repairing roads damaged by natural disasters and boosting health research. Only 22 Republicans stood firm with the President against adding funding for domestic programs.

Domestic programs included money for Louisiana and Mississippi for projects including levees and coastal restoration.

There's also $850 million for international food aid, $1.9 billion for military construction projects, and several billion dollars in various foreign aid programs - all requested by the administration.

Bush has promised to veto the bill if it contains the domestic measures. The President still has enough GOP support to sustain a veto.

The Senate also voted 63-34 to block a Democratic plan to urge Bush to begin redeployment of combat troops and place other strings on his ability to conduct the war in Iraq.

The House still has to act on the bill. Last week, the House voted to reject money for continuing the war.

Source: The Associated Press

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