May 14th, 2009
04:43 PM ET
6 years ago

House passes $96.7 billion war funding bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The House of Representatives passed a $96.7 billion Iraq and Afghanistan war funding bill Thursday.

The measure, which covers funding for the two conflicts for the remainder of 2009, passed in a 368-60 vote.

Fifty-one Democrats and nine Republicans opposed the measure.

House Democrats removed $80 billion requested by the Obama administration to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. They instead added a requirement that the administration submit a plan to Congress by October 1 on what to do with remaining Guantanamo Bay detainees.

The bill also includes a requirement that the administration give Congress a detailed progress report on the status of the Afghanistan conflict within a year.

The Senate is expected to vote on a similar war funding measure next week.

soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Let the battle begin. We must not give in! Support our troops.

    May 14, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Kurt C.

    I wonder if it still had those payouts to people like the Gaza Strip, Jordan, and the U.N.

    May 14, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Sam

    I already see the comments now. How could he spend so much on the wars?

    Please people. I'm a bleeding-heart liberal, and even I see the need to give the troops who are overseas the necessary things. Please don't even start with these comments.

    May 14, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Buckeye

    Another $100 billion thrown down the drain, one filled with blood and more is on its way. Why? Have we no need for our money to be invested here rather than wasted on the other side of the earth to fight a war without end?

    May 14, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Peter E

    Hey liberals! Where is your opposition to war and military spending now! Or did you really naively think that Obama is just going to end the wars the minute he took the presidency?

    May 14, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    All I can say is first, thank you, President Obama, for 'allowing' the TRUE cost of the Wars to be published!

    And to Bush & DICK....... Thanks a lot for bankrupting our Nation, with a war (Iraq) that did not have to be fought!

    May 14, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. John from LA

    Hmmmmmm-isn't this about the same amount we as a country funded under W-War is Wrong!!!-Stop the funding Dems and Repubs!!!!

    And libs and Dems-If it was wrong 2 years ago to fund this war/wars then IT'S WRONG NOW!!!!

    May 14, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. yuri

    God bless the supremely suave and brave US troops.

    May 14, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Tulsa

    Peter E,
    No, the President is doing EXACTLY what he said he was going to do.
    I know, I know, you can't see that because you're still thinking about Republican administrations!
    Get over it. YOU LOST.

    May 14, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. Robin

    I guess since Obama is spending the money, it's okay.

    May 14, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. joe smith

    only the defense industry can fully appreciate this bill; but, how about the mayor of Providence, R.I.,he proposes to tax our college students attending colleges/universities in R.I., says it will reduce the deficit of the state which is $17 million in the hole..now, if the mayor would look, his state has more massage parlors, and from what is widely known, these little places could really reduce the deficit, and probably put the state in the black very fast, he could call it a" fee for services", but college students??

    May 14, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. Kurt C.

    To Sam:

    I don't begrudge spending money on the military.

    But, there's a definite hypocrisy when there was always a complaint about Bush spending and now there is never a complaint from the liberals about Obama military spending.

    Plus, added in were payouts to dictator led countries and thr U.N. We cannot give everyone money. I know Buysh spent a lot, and I detested that, but Obama has quadrupled the deficit Bush left him and will increase the national debt by about 150% of where it was when Bush left it.

    This is insanity.

    May 14, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Lowell

    Thanks to Bush' greed and lack of basic common sense, the US is now in a position where we CAN'T leave the Middle East. Bush escalated the problem, he didn't do anything to fix it. Now we're stuck in this quagmire with a long road ahead of us. Yes, bring the troops home as soon as possible, but unfortunately, we can't bring them home any time soon.

    When is Bush going to be tried for war crimes? Don't they already have his cell ready?

    May 14, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. FreeNLovIt

    It's very hard cleaning up after W. Thre's just not enough broomsticks and dustpans to pass around.

    May 14, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. The Broker.

    But which one? The Civil War #2....(American).

    May 14, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. johnq

    Change You Can Believe In.

    Thankfully, congress is more concerned with getting re-elected than supporting Obama and therefore doing the right thing.

    Ha, in another ticker Obama is carrying on about how the republicans are going to have to be bipartisan. Looks like he better rethink his positions – it appears that congress is now listening to the people.

    May 14, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. Robin

    @Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted) May 14th, 2009 5:06 pm ET

    All I can say is first, thank you, President Obama, for 'allowing' the TRUE cost of the Wars to be published!

    And to Bush & DICK……. Thanks a lot for bankrupting our Nation, with a war (Iraq) that did not have to be fought!
    ___________________________________________________

    Are you really this naive? Congress voted for this war. Go back and check the facts. Democrats were all for it.

    May 14, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  18. Mike

    The blog post should be corrected to read: "House Democrats removed $80 *Million* requested by the Obama administration to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility."

    May 14, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Joe in NJ

    :Lowell May 14th, 2009 5:17 pm ET

    Thanks to Bush' greed and lack of basic common sense, the US is now in a position where we CAN'T leave the Middle East."

    -------------------------–

    Blah, blah, blah, here we go again. It's all Bush's fault. Let's see when the troops really leave Iraq.

    May 14, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. David

    In addition to the war, I think that Obama needs to use a lot of soft power. Specifically, I would like to see him use efficient foreign aid to address severe poverty overseas. The Borgen Project has good info on the estimated cost of ending global poverty:

    $30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.

    $550 billion: U.S. Defense budget.

    May 14, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. obama supporter in NC

    i believe obama stated during the campaign he was going to get the troops out of Iraq and focus more on the wars in Afghanistan. He is doing what he said he was going to do. Dem and Repubs on here, get over yourselves...

    May 14, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. S Callahan

    I used to be upset that my daughter said she didn't want to bring a child into this insane world ....but now...I know she is right. This budget has just enslaved at least four or more generations of the American public. I know something has to be done to pump up the economy and get programs working..but the best solution is to get down on your knees, get your faith in order, serve God and by the nautre of faith all this would have been provided.

    May 14, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  23. Lowell

    Hey, Joe in NJ, it IS Bush's fault. He's the one who lied to get us into a war. He's the one who invaded a country we weren't at war with. He's the one whose policies were mirroring 1930's Germany.

    Is it ALL Bush's fault? Of course not. We had a congress who didn't vote him down. We had a bunch of people in the American public who were duped by his lies. Those of us who knew Bush for what he was and what he was doing was ignored and sent to 'free speech zones' because the propaganda machine couldn't bear to actually allow anyone to see that there those of us who weren't conned by the lies.

    That said, yeah, Bush/Cheney/Rove/Rice/Gonzalez/etc bear the brunt of the blame and they should be tried for war crimes and gross violations of the Constitution that they swore to uphold.

    May 14, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  24. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    I know it is necessary, but it so, so sad...

    May 14, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. DaBird

    Obama is a war monger. Obama a Biden should be impeached for war crimes. Guantanimo is supposed to close. This is how stupid the liberals have sounded for the past six years. Can't blame Bush and Cheney for this!

    May 14, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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