April 9th, 2009
03:54 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama to submit $83.4 billion supplemental request

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Two Democratic congressional sources confirm President Obama is submitting an $83.4 billion request for supplemental funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The request includes $75 billion for the Defense Department - the rest is non-defense money for diplomacy and assistance to areas like Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq.
This will be the last supplemental request for the rest of 2009. Going forward, President Obama has pledged to include the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in his budget.


Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Shirley In California

    Here we go:

    1. We are becoming a socialist country.
    2. Spend, spend, spend.
    3. We will be taxed to death.

    Have I covered everything?

    At least President Obama is letting us know the actual costs of the wars. Get used to it.

    April 9, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    GOP whining in 3......2.......1

    April 9, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. LIP

    The well isn't bottomless. Eventually, all the water will be gone and then what. Perhaps China will act like a landloard and call in their loans and if we don't comply, shut down our electrical grid just like what the city would do if you didn't pay your utilities. They have already hacked into our electrical grids you know.

    April 9, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Jon in CA

    Oh this will be RICH!

    Can't wait for Dennis Kucinich and other democrats to DEMAND an Iraq and Afghanistan time-table as was done to Bush. And where are the Code Pink zombies? You know ... the ones that interrupted hearings, assaulted Condi Rice, etc???

    OHHHH THAT'S RIGHT! If Bush asked for funding – it was bad. If Obama wants it – it's good.

    April 9, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Aaaaaand, abject silliness from the GOPers in 3...2...1...

    April 9, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Dee

    No Vote! You can't this The President!

    April 9, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. david

    don't understand. how can we eliminate debt by taking on more debt? obama promised spending cuts but haven't heard of any that he has made to date. recall in one of his speeches that he was going to go through the federal budget, line by line, and delete spending. instead, obama is spending, spending, spending. the USA is totally hosed and soon it will be part of China.

    April 9, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. Robin

    Reality has set in.

    April 9, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Veronica

    At least he's putting the true cost out there, unlike the former president who thought by hiding the costs, we wouldn't know about it.

    April 9, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. RICO

    To all the Repubs that are going to cry, remember this is from a budget that your dear Bush decided not to finish.

    April 9, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Jon in CA

    @ Sniffit,

    "abject silliness"

    .

    You mean like democrats that voted FOR the war and then blamed Bush/Cheney for the "illegal/Unconstitutional War"?

    You mean like liberal loons of Berkley kicking out military recruiters from their town because they object to our involvement in Iraq?

    You mean like democrats traveling to Cuba, engratiating themselves to Castro by calling America "racist" and ignoring political prisoners?

    THAT kind of silliness?

    April 9, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Gina

    And this from the man who campaign up and down against wars? Told you he was a phoney!

    April 9, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Kevin Denver Colorado

    Jon: OHHHH THAT'S RIGHT! If Bush asked for funding – it was bad. If Obama wants it – it's good.

    Now your getting it!!!!

    April 9, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. Rob

    To Jon in CA April 9th, 2009 4:09 pm ET – Your last line is all you need to know. Because it is Obama, everything is fine. In fact, if this was 2002, and Obama invaded, everyone who has been on here calling it an unjust war, saying it was for the oil, demanding the pres and vp be tried for war crimes, would be on here praising Obama for his courage and for fighting for freedom.

    Remember, Republicans put country first. Dems put themselves first, always have, always will.

    April 9, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Kelby In Houston, TX

    Jon in CA said, "Can't wait for Dennis Kucinich and other democrats to DEMAND an Iraq and Afghanistan time-table as was done to Bush. "

    Dude, this isn't Bush we are dealing with, He has time table AND an exit strategy. Obama is not asking for a blank check to fund an open ended war. AND this is a war we should fight. Do you see the difference? no? Well, here is your sign.

    April 9, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Deb

    Can't wait to see Dick Morris on Hannity and O'Reilly discussing how he wrote about this in his book "Fleeced". LOL - too funny.

    April 9, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Marc

    Holy Moley! How much money are we going to have to borrow this year???

    April 9, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Kevin B

    It is nice to know that at least we get to see what has been requested, unlike the past administration, which cooked the books and behaved like the american public couldn't handle the truth.

    Thanks for competent leadership !!

    April 9, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. susie

    No, this is not good! I am an Obama supporter, but I am also against war and this spending has got to stop, along with the illegal spying that Holder now thinks is OK. It wasn't right under Bush, and it is not right now...and someone other than Keith Olbermann needs to call them on it. Come on Congress, show some canolis and stop the madness!

    April 9, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. susie

    And Jon, CodePink is against this spending..no matter who the President is! They are watching. We want peace, not more war.

    April 9, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    83 billion and counting. Somali and going. The reality is probably setting in for Obama.

    April 9, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Willy Brown

    Change, Hope. Kool-aid too....

    April 9, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. Mari

    @ Jon in CA........... you comment is interesting, considering that Bush HID the ACTUAL cost of the wars, for the last 6 years!

    At least, President Obama is being HONEST about the TRUE COST!

    You, GOPers, can't have it both ways! You either support the Bush wars......... or you don't!

    Obama has inherited two wars and he can't just walk away. Thanks Bush! May God have mercy on your soul.

    April 9, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Bob in Pa

    Opps, I for got about what's really going on in the world. Guess he didn't find any true support during his European tour ?

    April 9, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. rodlang

    Harry Reid already said the war in Iraq was lost...so how can he support more money for a lost cause? Can't wait for the Code Pink liberals to go crazy over this.

    April 9, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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