October 22nd, 2007
02:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Bush wants another $42 billion for wars

President Bush said Monday he is requesting billions more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Bush administration on Monday requested an additional $42.3 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, bringing the 2008 request for total war funding to $189.3 billion.

The administration made the initial supplement request, which lawmakers have yet to approve, in February.

Bush urged Congress to act on both requests during a statement from the Roosevelt Room at the White House.

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  1. LaAngeloMysterioso

    Henry: If you can take your nose out of the Bible for a little while you can see how nothing gets done by this president unless his friends make money. They fool the religious by promising pro-life and anti-gay policies and when they deliver nothing blame the Democrats, keeping you in the fold. Follow the money and wake up.

    October 22, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. RAINIE FT MYERS, FL

    THIS JUST CAN'T BE TRUE..WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE WE DOING?? MORE BILLIONS FOR THIS "WAR", TAX BREAKS FOR THE RICHEST OF US AND THE REST OF THE WORLD HATES US EVEN MORE..WHERE ARE WE GONNA GO FROM HERE?

    October 22, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Ryan Indianapolis

    42 billion now or trillions and trillions if we are hit with another terrorist attack you make the decision....Liberals are amazing in how short sighted and gullible they truly are.

    October 22, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Madam Speaker, tell him "We've got your money– swingin'" On second thought, let Harry say it.

    October 22, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Rob G, Berkeley, CA

    So let's see, he denies $35 billion over 5 years for children's health care, but wants ANOTHER $42 billion for wars on on top of the $199 billion he asked for a few weeks ago. How is this man a Christian again? Are his actions consistent with ANY religion? No!

    October 22, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Joe, Florida

    Let's be real please.

    The Democrats will again try to pass the bill with a string attached. Bush will veto it and the Republicans won't back up the bill, thus making a Congressional override impossible. Following this line of thought, Congress won't have any choice but to give Bush the money, because otherwise, the troops will be in trouble.

    With the above mentioned in mind, please do not blame the Democratic-led Congress for this. Bush uses the troops as leverage in order to get the money to keep the wars going.

    An impeachment will not work for two main reasons:
    1. The majority is not big enough.
    2. It would be a waster of time and money, since the elections are just around the corner.

    Don't forget the single most important thing; the Democratic is not large enough and many of the Republicans are not ready to let go.

    Please, keep these things in mind. You may criticize my point of view, for I don't mind.

    October 22, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. nelson colorado springs.co

    I can't believe this. veto the bill for children, then ask for all this money for iraq. This man should quit he's a lame big duck

    October 22, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Jessica T., Boulder City, NV

    People like Tucker wants to pay 42billion for this illegal war, still needs permanent tax cuts, and cut social programs like SCHIP for children. Where is the logic? Too much Rush and Fox. Can't blame this guy.

    October 22, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    henry tucker is a toothless redneck that supports a war he doesn't fight in.

    October 22, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. Joe, Florida

    By the way, the part about the "the troops will be in trouble". Let me clarify that I, by absolutely NO MEANS SUPPORT THE WARS. I'm saying that the troops are in trouble (have been since the wars started, thanks to George and Co.), but lacking funds will make it worse. It won't look good in anyone's eyes; and Bush will not budge anyways; and will simply blame the failure (has been for a long time, again thanks to George & Co.) on the Democrats.

    October 22, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    W= Worst. President. Ever.

    October 22, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Tom, Mount Vernon, WA

    The problem, Mr. Tucker, and the main issue is that we should not be there in the first place. This war was ill-concieved, incompetently managed, and ineptly planned; interestingly by two draft dodgers!!

    October 22, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Susan, Fort Pierce, Florida

    Bush is a joke. This war is based on lies on top of lies by this Administration. Stop funding this war NOW. Bring our troops home! Bush, Cheney and their cronies are getting richer by the day from this war! I will never vote for another Republican again!

    October 22, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Adam, Charlotte, NC

    That money could pay 888,618 teachers for one year, could pay for 6,839,127 years of public college tuition or could give man, woman and child in America $140.47. And that's just the 42.3 billion. Imagine if America had all 189.3 billion back and what we could do with it...

    October 22, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. B R Jefferson City, MO

    This is insane! Now the Admin wants more money to keep funding their private armies that do not have to adhere to local law. Congress can NOT grant this tyrant more aid. Are you serious, people?! He's leading us into World War III and still, millions of American's think he's a savior. WAKE UP PEOPLE! The conservative party is about CONTROL.

    October 22, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. Kevin, Ames IA

    We will keep posting. Also, good job making yourself sound credible... yall

    It is time that we put a stop to these people. The people who will not think for themselves cannot hurt America anymore. We must realize that peace in the only way to strength.

    October 22, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. summus

    In other news he also requested 42,000 more American sheep to join up and fight this war based on lies so that he can continue to cover his initial lie so that he can still get his image chiseled on Mt. Rushmore.

    October 22, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Scott,Tupelo,MS

    What a idiot I just can't think of much more to say. This man will pro-life people re-think their views on abortion.

    October 22, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. MARLENE - PEMBROKE PINES FLORIDA

    BUSH IS ASKING FOR MORE MONEY FOR THE WAR BUT THE COUNTRY COULD NOT AFFORD MORE MONEY TO PROVIDE MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR CHILDREN – WHERE ARE OUR PRIORITIES. THIS WAR HAS BECOME A DRAIN ON OUR ECONOMY – ITS TIME FOR IT TO END AND THE DEMOCARTS NEED TO DO WHAT WE ELECTED THEM TO DO.

    October 22, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Ann ME

    These monies have already been discussed and approved by the house some time ago, to present it as a new item now is hypocracy.

    October 22, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Henry,

    Funny that nobody actually mentioned SCHIP prior to your post. Most people merely pointed out that this administration has wasted countless lives and billions of dollars fighting an ill-conceived and poorly executed ideological war.

    By the way, it doesn't lend much credibility to your argument when you type with that nauseating Southern drawl. I know you're from Georgia, but "y'all" does little more than conjure images of toothless hillbillies and slack-jawed yokels. I understand that you and the rest of that demographic comprise a considerable portion of the Republican electorate; however, it never hurts to use proper English from time to time.

    Posted By Enraged, SLC, UT : October 22, 2007 4:08 pm

    Enraged –

    Perhaps Henry is incapable of using better English. He may have been home-schooled by well-meaning parents relying on educational materials from Bob Jones University.....

    October 22, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Antonio, Tempe AZ

    Henry,

    Seeing as you are the first here to mention SCHIP I would definitely say you're not late to the "Bush is the devil for vetoing SCHIP" party.

    Since we're all gathered here together we might as well discuss it. Is there anyone here who is willing to argue that spending half a trillion dollars turn Iraq into a terrorist training ground was totally worth it but spending fifty billion on preventative care for children and pregnant women in our own country is a terrible idea? Especially when we would end up spending just as much in emergency room costs if we denied them preventative care.

    This isn't even counting the 3,675+ dead US soldiers and 1000+ dead contractors (not that anyone else has been counting them).

    October 22, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Patrick, New York, NY

    WORST PRESIDENT EVER!!

    October 22, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Tom, AlBUQUERQUE, NM

    This POOR excuse for a president is despicable. This moron refuse to finance the required funds for the children health program but is willing to throw 42billion more down a rathole. This idiot is morally sick and diabolical in nature. It is becoming more apparent each day that he is in the second stage of degenerative dementia. GOD SAVE US FROM THIS SATAN.

    October 22, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. Moe, NY

    I say NO! Bring our soldiers home NOW. That amount of money could be put to good use right here in America where it is needed. Separate funding for Afghanistan should be alloted and then we should go in and get Osoma once and for all...what should have been done in the first place. I suggest writing your Congressmen/women and Senators demanding an end to Iraq's funding. The only funds for Iraq are funds that should be earmarked to bring our soldiers home.

    October 22, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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