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.
The Senate And Republicans Have No Problem Spending Money On War, (Republicans And Some Sell Out Democrats) And Tax Breaks For The Rich. While Republicans However Would Not Extend Unemployment Benefits, And All While Abusing The Filibuster.
Where's the story on the earmarks and pork barreling attached to it? Transparent? Not there. PLEASE, let US know what's attached for each congressman/woman. That's THE story. I'm GLAD the military is being funded even thought I do and did not think it was nessesary but, on the OTHER hand, these are the things some people like to "piggyback" on because if they [congress/senate] don't vote FOR it, they look like they are UNpatriotic. In other words for the laymen, Congress and the Senate ADD funds for THEIR states onto bills in order to GET $$$ for THEIR state! I liked Byrd. He was a wizard in getting funds for WV and that's the bottom line on these votes. Who cares about the "big" agenda (unless it IS needed.), It's the pork barrel and earmarks that tell the true character of a politician and HOW is that $$$ spend? Maybe on..."a bridge to NOwhere perhaps!?...Beau Colby