WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House passed a $106 billion supplemental funding bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Tuesday on a narrow 226 to 202 vote after all but five Republicans and 32 Democrats voted against the measure.
Last month, 168 House Republicans backed the bill, but GOP leaders urged their members to oppose the version that passed Tuesday because the Senate added $5 billion in guaranteed loans to the International Monetary Fund.
The 32 Democrats who opposed the supplemental were largely from the anti-war "Out of Iraq" caucus.
War opponents had hoped to whip up enough opposition to derail the bill, with several popular progressive blogs leading the charge. In the end, though, they fell seven short of the goal of 39 Democrats, and 12 short of actually stopping the bill because of the five Republicans who voted for it.
Those five Republicans were Reps. John McHugh of New York, recently tapped to be the Army Secretary, Anh Cao of Louisiana, Mark Kirk of Illinois, Peter King of New York, and Candice Miller of Michigan.
The bill also included $1 billion for the "cash for clunkers" program, a program designed to provide incentives for drivers of older vehicles to purchase newer, more environmentally friendly vehicles.
"...all but five Republicans and 32 Democrats voted against the measure. "
Whatever else can be said, you know there's a problem when that many realize we're deep enough in their messy doodoos that it's time to take off the political pampers and put on the big boy pants to vote together like that.
Thanks Bush. I'm sure we'll remember you as bringing the country together like that.
Nice way to gloss over "$5 billion to secure a $108 billion U.S. line of credit to the International Monetary Fund." even the AP mentioned this. Nice to see you have stopped investigating anything at CNN. Hey CNN explain to me what this has to do with war funding??? And why wont you lift a finger to bring things like this to light, we the people want to know. But aparenty you could care less. But hey, you do have an entire article on a GOP's afair with a staffer. Gee, which is more important???
I'll bet you a dollar your "anti war" president signs it!!
That was pas quick , the republicans was all for this but when it comes to health care and education they fight and fuss over it, when we are still spending money in Iraq. Ok republicans i guess this your agenda.
My guess is Democrats running against Repubs in 2010 will call the vote here as against the troops rather than against the $5,000,000,000 of taxes to the IMF and $1,000,000,000 given to people driving older cars. 5.6% of this bill is obvious JUNK just from this little analysis. How much of the rest was bull too? And why were either of those things in a "Supplemental funding bill for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan" in the first place.
And why does the article blame the 5 Republicans for it's passing when they made up 5 of the 226 votes? The media bias is as one sided as in Mutant Ranch.