Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday gave final approval to a nearly $59 billion emergency spending bill, the bulk of which would go toward the U.S. troop buildup in Afghanistan.
Specifically, the bill includes almost $33 billion for Afghanistan, along with over $5 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, almost $3 billion for Haiti relief programs and $68 million for the oil disaster response in the Gulf of Mexico.
It now goes to the president for his signature.
Updated: 6:52 p.m.
It's time to declare victory and bring them all home, both from Afghanistan and Iraq. Then start shutting down bases all over the world and reduce the defense budget by 10% every year for the next three years. We'll STILL be spending more than the next 30 nations combined, but we'll have far fewer adversaries in the world than we currently do.
After it was leaked that this war is a complete and utter waste, how could we afford to spend $59B with the un-(and under)-employment of over 20%?
Where did Congress get $59 Billion dollars to spend.....I guess the democrates must have someone making money for them, because they are spending way to much money...We need to clean up Washington and get rid of Obama, the stupid Harry Reid, then the crazy grandma Nancy P.....Stupid, stupid , stupid....
And yes, I'm sure missing George and Laura Bush, because they were the best for Washington.......
About emergency funding for this country`s workers? About emergency funding for this economy? Sorry we ran out of money with all the wars, they say, and they do not cry about the deficit when it is times to give our dollars to war profiteers
I want the vote count. I want to know who voted for this.
If the majority of Republicans voted for it, I want to know how they insist it will be paid for. Where's Pay-Go when you need it?????
This is a shame! Working americans pay into the unemployment benefits every paycheck for years and have to beg the Republicans for their monies. But, when it comes to war funding they line up to yes! This Novemeber vote no for Republicans.
More of our soldiers going off to be killed and maimed. But hey, the defense contractor scumbags get more contracts so it,s aok for congress! Defense contractors love Al Qaeda! Ca-ching!
WOW – Those Republicans will sure step up and spend BILLIONS on war but won't spend a dime to help the American People here at home. Nothing for unemployment, Nothing for jobs, Nothing for healthcare, Nothing for Social Security, Nothing for Medicare. Nothing for anything to help small businesses. Nothing to help any working family.
But they will spend any amount of money on a war. Republicans just love war and yet hate the American people and their needs here at home.
British Prime Minister David Cameron called Gaza a "prison camp" on Tuesday, a blunt description from a major Western leader about the besieged Palestinian territory.
And days after meeting Obama, hmmm
STOP THE INSANITY!
How sad we now call the Taliban terrorists and insurgents when they fought the Soviets they were freedom fighters. They have been fighting for 130 years to rid their country of foreign occupation. I wish them luck!
I suppose this funding is to build schools and roads for the Afghans while ours fall down. Maybe we should all move to Afghanistan to get our share of the "funding".
Wow. We have nearly 10% unemployment, a stagnant economy and we are still sending 3 billion to Haiti?
There always seems to be money for illegal wars. Thousands of Americans are losing jobs and their homes and there isn't any money for them, but we sure have money to bribe corrupt leaders and spy on innocent people. Our country is in trouble, big trouble and the criminals in charge want it that way
$3B for Haiti and $68M for the Gulf Coast...the southern part of the UNITED States,,,where AMERICANS live...where AMERICAN revenues are collected through taxation? This administration and this Congress is an absolute disgrace!
Our economy is tanking for 2 years and we are spending billions every day to support a corrupt heroin producing country???
Obama & Democrats = Dumb and Dumber
So the American citizens can go begging for jobs, education and medical care? Bring them home and don't spend another cent except on returning airfare.
I support the troops 100%, and I am grateful that this bill passed, but I did not see the GOP scream and yell about paying for this bill like they did for the unemploymnet benefits for the middle class!
TheGOP didn't complain at all, just like they didn't complain for 8 years under Bush while he spent money like it was water.....
Good... they cut the Union crap out of it and it went right through...
Maybe Pelosi and crew could start doing things above board and it would continue to go smooth... (see campaing finance)... make that the same for corps and your precious unions and it would pass too.
Obama needs to bring our soldiers home now.Why wait till June of 2011?Just lie like you always do(gitmo to close in Jan. 2010) declare that we've won and start the withdrawal !!!!
Americia is sick and tired of Bills stuffed with everything that is NOT what the bill was for in the first place democrats.
The Senate passed the measure last week after stripping out more than $20 billion for domestic priorities favored by many Democrats.
Thank you Republican Senators for standing up for the American taxpayer. This is all we ask. We just need someone looking out for our interests.
At the same time, thank you Democratic Senators for seeing what you need to do to get something accomplished... work with the other 40 Senators we sent there to represent us. It's good to see this.
Yep!!!!!......Plenty of money for that stuff........... Money for the people?........Yeah!!........Right!!......Sorry can't help ya!......Now be a good little proud and obedient working class, country loving patriot, and turn around and grab your ankles, yer ol' Uncle Sam's in the mood for a little "having your back" time right now......You know the drill.
For god's sake when are we actually going to end these wars? Obama has done a good job of making his tenure seem like Bush's 3rd term, same foreign policy, same wars, same corporatist policy, when are we as a people going to wake up. Congress doesn't have the guts to stop the wars, so apparently we must elect a president who will do it. Liberals, progressives, true conservatives, libertarians, and anyone else who wants real change, we must unite! End the wars and restore prosperity and freedom in this nation by electing Ron Paul president in 2012! Otherwise nothing will change.
Can anyone name anything specific unions have received from this administration with any substance whatsoever! I'm in a union and I can't find anything! Someone please show me so I can have the nerve to vote democrat again because in a little let down... I'm of the first generation that will not receive a pension and most likely social security... This is not the America my parents grew up in! Thanks for nothing republicans for your globalization and trickle down effect... My future and the future of my only child are hopeless thanks to your republican policies! America has truly lost its greatness... Maybe you republicans can ask Nike how to create good paying domestic jobs... Um, I'm kidding delusional GOPers!
Dear Party of No –
Don't talk to me about the growing US National debt and running a budget deficit if you don't stop these wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
As a country, we were bamboozled into these conflicts while the GOP held the Presidency, the House and the Senate. By backing this unjustified war .... I still haven't seen the mystical Weapons of Mass Distruction ... the Republicans have DEFRAUDED the American Taxpayer of our money.
I want the deficit cut NOW. I want it cut by eliminating the expense associated with these wars. The reason the economy is in the dooldrums is because of the reckless spending associated with these deployments started under the guise of revenge for the 9-11 attacks ... ALMOST 10 years ago. For almost a DECADE, the GOP has backed throwing money away down this hole. ENOUGH