May 14th, 2009
04:43 PM ET
13 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. decent american

    uhmmm, what happened to the pelosi story? afraid to post it cnn? you had it on here all day till hoyer dumped her.. you guys are soooo obvious. you would have more credibility if you would just be more fair and balanced... and you wonder why your ratings are in the toilet...

    oh never mind...

    May 14, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. Ed

    Mari, Mari - you just can't see the forest for the tress, can ya?

    May 14, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. Fitz in Texas

    You liberals really need to get off the..... lets blame Bush race horse. It's so old. And what I don't get is when Bush was spending the money for our military hero's it was a bad thing according to you liberals. Now that Obama is doing the same thing it appears to be ok with you liberals. Go figure.

    If our military needs the money I don't care who gives the ok, just as long as these fine folks get what they need and hurry home.

    May 14, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. Chuck, Tennessee

    In 2006, dems took over Congress primarily by bashing Bush about the Iraq war and [promising to get us out. Yet, the Dem controlled Congress kept doing the one thing Bush could not do to keep the troops there – funding it. Face it – neither party can keep a promise!

    May 14, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. Doug

    President Obama keep your pledge and bring them all home now, this money should be spent in America for our future. I voted for you to end this, remember what you said and promised, and promised and promised. Stop playing military games and bring them home this year.

    May 14, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. Ron

    Yes Mr President, The house passed the war funding bill, The American public did NOT !!!!! Imagine what that 96 Billion would do for your own people here in the U.S. Mr Obama why don't you come to the west coast and go to one of the many tent cities around S.F.
    Then tell those people living in tents that you are sending 96 Billion to to fund the war!!!

    May 14, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. Nate P, MN

    I like Obama, but this war spending is ridiculous. First all the "other" Obama supporters claim that Bush spent too much on the war, what are they going to say now about this spending?

    May 14, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  8. Neil

    The cost of our Vengeance is great, but we are a determined people. We will take our Vengeance to any nation, any government, any people who oppose our domination. Vengeance is Victory. Victory is Security. Security is Vengeance. The toll of lives lost or dollars spent is unimportant. Vengeance is Our Salvation! Praise the Lord!

    May 14, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  9. Julianna

    I am getting confused now... I remember Obama was against Bush's sending some kind of BILLIONS to Iraq que per què month... Now Obama is going to send some kind of BILLIONS to Afghanistan? Que per què month or a lump sum to end the war?
    Please give Americans the kind of BILLIONS as we do deserve peace of mind financially...

    May 14, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
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