July 2nd, 2010
08:27 AM ET
11 years ago

House passes spending bill for war in Afghanistan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/02/art.afghan.usarmy.gi.jpg caption="Members of the 82nd Airborne Division on patrol in Afghanistan."]Washington (CNN) - The House narrowly passed a spending bill late Thursday that includes $37 billion to fund the war in Afghanistan.

Just before the vote, the White House issued a veto threat, warning members of President Barack Obama's party that he would reject the bill if they placed money conditions that would "undermine his ability as commander in chief to conduct military operations in Afghanistan."

The White House also objected to cuts to one of Obama's key education priorities.

The House measure includes $10 billion in domestic spending - such as money for the Gulf oil disaster and funds to help states avoid teacher layoffs.

War funding passed the Senate without the add-ons in the House version, so the Senate must take up the bill again.

But Senators have left Washington for the July Fourth recess and won't return until the week of July 11.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates had urged Congress to pass the war funding before its break, telling lawmakers that without the money the military will "begin planning to curtail defense operations."

In a sign of the growing chasm between Obama and members of his own party over his war policy, one amendment to the bill drew support from 153 Democrats - a significant majority of the caucus - as well as nine Republicans, but was defeated.

It would have forced Obama to commit to a timetable for completing troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The President has said he aims to begin reducing troop numbers in Afghanistan starting in July 2011, but he and Gen. David Petraeus, the top military commander in Afghanistan, have reserved the option of adjusting the plan .

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  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The House narrowly passed a spending bill late Thursday that includes $37 billion to fund the war in Afghanistan.

    I assume this money, seeing how the REQUISITION of it went through ALL THE PROPER CONSTITUTIONAL channels, will also be featured in the appropriate budget column.

    This is indeed a HUGE CHANGE from the previous president who funded his unnecessary war and CHOSE NOT TO TELL US how much it was costing us.

    Yes, I love the hope and change this administration has brought about. I want, support, and look FORWARD to more of it as do MILLIONS of us.

    July 2, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Obama needs to get the message.....fight the war to win and leave, or see your programs cut, to fund it.

    This dilly-dallying around isn't going to wash any longer.

    July 2, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  3. jp,michigan

    The problem with the passage of the Afghan spending bill is that they (congress) always add something else to it . If representatives don't vote yes, then they (democrats) make those who vote against the bill, of not supporting the troops. Why can't the members of the Hill vote on one issue at a time, forget the pork ? We all support the troops, not the congress who use disasters and guilt to get what they want!

    July 2, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. Paul

    99.9% of the bill is pork

    July 2, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    We might be further along and need to spend less here if Bush hadn't taken his eye off the ball. Going into Iraq was a huge mistake.

    July 2, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. gt

    a waste of money and men... bring all home now,,,

    July 2, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. Randall in Torrance, CA - Welcome to Trashcanistan: home of the longest U.S. troop occupation in U.S. history

    This war is a never ending story. Why does America think the Taliban are going to roll over and stop producing poppies to cultivate opium that funds terrorism? Because they are so nice and agreeable? Why do so many young troops have to die for a failed strategy?

    Give Cheney and Bush a 50 cal gun and send their sorry asses over there – they started this mess.

    July 2, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. undermine his ability as commander in chief

    Obama is very possibly the strongest smartest president we have had in a very long time

    not only did he have the Bush/Cheney mess, but he has a rabid GOP group that has defined success by Obama's failure

    sick, the GOPers are just sick, and don't care about America AT ALL

    July 2, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. Adalbert

    What a terrible waste of our valuable resources.

    July 2, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Robert J

    At least Pres.Obama speaks openly and funds the conflict openly which his predecessor did not. Of course the billions in unaccounted for money in Iraq and Afghanistan is why Bush / Cheney never had much to say about funding for the war- They were funding themselves! Look for Bush and Cheney to buy whats left of BP in the next year or so since they both love oil so much and now they have the money to play with it!

    July 2, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |