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. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    @ Robin..........Correction: The GOP *** controlled*** Congress VOTED FOR THE WAR, in Iraq!

    Let's DO GET THE FACTS..... okay? The GOP held the ***majority*** in Congress.

    Bush LIED about WMD's & Iraq's nuclear program! Have you forgotten, or do you have *** selective*** memory???

    Just like BUSH fooled most of us, he also fooled *** some *** of the Democrats in Congress.

    So, Robin, let's speak facts shall we?

    May 14, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. WhoCares?

    Nice job by the House Dems to make Obama have a set plan for all the detainees before realeasing any money.

    May 14, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. Crazy ass human being

    Where do I go to invest in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan?
    That stock is probably sky high!!!

    May 14, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Too True For You

    Another fine legacy from the Bush administration that Obama has to clean up after.

    And yes, it IS ALL BUSH"S fault. You republicans whine about an Obama legacy, and also want ot conveniently deny with a finely tuned collective ditto-head amnesia the horrendous Bush legacy. Wher eI come from that's called being two-faced. You want to believe that it is now suddenly Obama's fault that we are in this mess. That's probably because you went to some dumb-butt Christian bible school and never learned about cause and effect.

    Imagine how far we could have gone with Obama as president if he didn't have to spend his time cleaning up after you numbskulls.

    May 14, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. Robin


    There were 49 Democrat Senators. Only 21 voted against. So 57% of the democrats during that time said yes.

    By Obama's definition, that is a landslide.

    May 14, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    @ The Broker, who said "But which one? The Civil War #2….(American)."

    How cute. Are you packing for militia camp this weekend? I bet your favorite part is when they gather you all around the bonfire and pass out the moonshine and then encourage y'all to shoot your guns int he air while telling spooky stories about "soshulizts," right?

    May 14, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. truth is liberal sort of

    This will send the loony left back to their closets to suck their thumbs.

    May 14, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. Robin


    Iraq did have WMD.

    You are to young to remember the Kurdish villiage that was taken out by Sadaam Hussein in March 1988. But I'm not. I remember watching the news and seeing dead mothers clinging to their dead children as I held my own newborn.

    Sadaam Hussein not only HAD WMDs, he USED them too.

    May 14, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  9. eplion

    I'm glad to hear that they put money for the troops. Now, let's put the G-Bay detainees next to those who hate our country and hate the military. They can have milk and cookies with the terrorists. Keep supporting the troops!

    May 14, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  10. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    would like to know why the 60 people didn't want it to go forward . the reasons why not ? we never get the answers . this congress and senate need to come together and work toward a common goal not petty self serving drama queen crap

    our president has been very patient in getting both sides to burry their person crap and be productive in what is good for our country . and not what a small minority of negative idiots want.

    it is good to debate issues but when the facts are brought to light and explained and hopefully truthful .. then make it happen . or suffer the end of your political job. the people have spoken so our represenatives need yo pay attention..

    May 14, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  11. Cali J

    Come on my Lib friends. Which is it? Either Bush was the dumbest man to ever occupy the White House, or he was the evil genius who was able to fool all the American People and most of Congress including Hillary, Kerry, and the rest.
    Face it, your beloved Democrats not only voted for the war knowing everything that Bush knew, but they've been supporting it all along. Pull your heads from that soft warm spot and admit they are all in this together. Obama now wants to own the Afghanistan conflict. Why? Because he wants Bin Ladens head on a platter and is will to spend the bodies and the money to get it. Tell me, where's the big difference in the parties now? Bush Spent, Obama spent more. Bush was in the Air National Guard, Obama was smoking dope at Occidental College and organizing a community. Who's the real chicken hawk here?

    May 14, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. w.l. jones

    In war it more dangers to retreat than continus to move foward.Said enough.

    May 14, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  13. Liberal democrats are pathetic

    It is funny to see how angry the liberals on this site still are, like mari, Sniffit, and the rest. It makes me think the Republicans are doing something right if liberal idiots are upset. Liberals are a cancer to America that will eventually bring it down. That is the reason why the GOP lost in the last two elections. The American people couldn't see the difference between the two parties and voted for the Dumbocrats instead. Once the American people realize how pathetic the Obama's policies are, maybe the public will wake up and stop drinking the kool-aid. However, you will always have people like Sniffit, who will try to support anything anti-american at any cost. Liberals are pathetic, and sick in the head. They don't even like to be called liberals now. They are trying to re-brand themselves as "progressives." Quite comical, but bad for America. America needs to stop bailing out and stop spending, whether it is Republican or dumbocrat.

    May 14, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  14. steve b

    It is officially Obama's war, at least he has the courage to act.

    Hope and Change you can count on

    May 14, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. Lauren

    I wonder, did all the emergency rooms in the country just get flooded with people????

    I have to ask because I am many of the liberals in this country heart just skipped a few beats.

    After the last what, 12 months of calling Bush a warmonger, thier elected Commander is Chief just spent more on the wars he promised to control with diplomacy.

    I am not syaing it is wrong, what I am saying is where are the 200 comments on here from those who have been critical of the money spent the last 8 years. You will not see them, everyone just fainted.

    May 14, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. Vince

    Anyone who hasn't needs to see the documentary "No End in Sight" about the U.s./Iraq conflict. If you can watch it with a non-partisan mind, it will make you angry. You will then understand why people keep bringing up the previous administration in regards to the problems in Iraq and the Middle East.

    May 14, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  17. Jimmy the Greek

    @ Mari...

    Do you EVER wonder why CNN won't post half your comments? It's because you're insane.

    Do a little research and you will find LOTS of democrat votes authorizing BOTH Afghanistand AND Iraq!

    Do a little MORE research and you'll find quotes from Joe Biden and others citing reasons why Saddam had to be removed.

    The Intelligence communities around the world all concurred about Saddam's dangerous regime: Germany, England, France, Russia, etc.

    If and when you can get over your BDS... maybe THEN you'll be taken more seriously.

    May 14, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  18. N. E. Ocon

    Support the troops – Bring them home alive – NOW!

    May 14, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. Serving in uniform

    House Democrats actually requesting a plan from the White House on what to do with the terrorist suspects at Gitmo? I guess a proctologist must have paid a visit to Congress.
    Because citizens who are truly concerned about the preservation of our national security have been raising the flag on this issue since day one on where these suspects will go.
    I'm curious how many democratic voters are calling their Congressmen and women and asking to please send those terrorist suspects to prisons in their districts. Good on those Democrats who finally have seen the light and realize that bringing them to American soil is totally contradictory to all measures Homeland Security and the Department of Defense have implemented to make it much harder for terrorists to infiltrate our borders.

    May 14, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. Terry

    I am a sincere Liberal. I do not support the War in Iraq, though I did in the beginning when I was persuaded that there were WMDs there. However, we have American men and women there because WE sent them there. Most of us spent the war sitting on our couches watching CNN and Fox News. Some of us still have fading yellow ribbons (made in China) on our back bumpers. We who had it so good while our fellow citizens were sent to Iraq cannot shirk OUR duty now: to pay for the equipment they need, to raise their salaries, and to provide them with a decent package of benefits when they get out.

    May 14, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. Serving in uniform

    To Mari,
    I respect your right to express your opinion and I'm proud to preserve your freedom to do so. However, don't blame the previous administration like everyone tends to do.
    Regarding bankrupting our nation, the current administration has seen fit to use your taxpayer's money and mine to bail various corporations out when we don't even have the funds to do so. That means the money has to come from somewhere and there's only one way it's going to happen: watch when you file taxes next year. I remember teaching my oldest son that just because you have checks in the checkbook doesn't mean you have funds. This is exactly what is happening.
    Furthermore, an average of 200,000 people a month have lost their job since January this year. A new administration has been installed since last November.

    May 14, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. get us out of there

    Bush really hung a weight around the U.S. shoulders

    May 14, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    It's not either Obama or Bush, they both work for the Fed! A privately owned bank that was given a monopoly on the printing of our countries money in 1913 under false pretenses. The vast majority of the Congress was on Christmas vacation when they passed the Federal Reserve Act and was never ratified by the required number of states. We've all be dooped. WAKE UP!

    May 14, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  24. Joe

    HAHAHAHA! Is there any accountants that post here? If so I think it would be nice to know how many soldiers have died under a democrat president vs. the number of soldiers that have died under a republican president. I'd be willing to bet the democrats have killed a ton more soldiers. Way to go Obama, keep up the legacy of the democrats moron.

    May 14, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. RR

    what was left out of this article was how much money congress added to the budget for weapons and programs the pentagon does NOT want or need.

    May 14, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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