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House Rejects Bill Funding Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

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House Rejects Bill Funding Iraq, Afghanistan Wars The Democratic-led House on Thursday rejected more funds to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as many Republicans angry over the majority party's tactics sat out the vote. It did approve more money for the jobless and an expansion of GI education benefits. In a rapid series of votes on the war funding bill and accompanying components, Republicans withheld their votes in protest, leading to the defeat of the Iraq funding legislation by a 149-141 tally. Nearly two-thirds of the House's Democrats voted against continuing to fund the war.

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stephley stephley 9 years
Oh sure, we could probably get an airline to donate the flights in exchange for a tax break or two.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
You can't bring them home if you don't fund them...
stephley stephley 9 years
McCain's against the House version of the GI Bill, claiming it gives too much to vets for one enlistment - he's one sponsor of the Senate version. This is from a heavily quoted AP story: "McCain proposed his GI bill after Democrats pitched a more ambitious plan that would essentially guarantee a full scholarship to any public, in-state university after serving in the military for three years. Democrats are pushing their proposal, introduced by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., as part of this year's war spending bill. The Pentagon opposes Webb's bill because it says in part that providing such a large benefit after only three years of service would hurt retention. Accordingly, Sens. McCain, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Richard Burr, R-N.C., drafted an alternative that would increase to $1,500 from $1,100 the monthly benefit available to most veterans. The stipend would increase to $2,000 a month after 12 YEARS of service... "He said it's too generous to give the same benefits to today's warriors returning from conflict that we gave to those returning from World War II," said Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill. "I think that's a very difficult position to defend."
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Stephley, I heard the same reasoning too...but from other Republicans not specifically from McCain. IMO, I think he had better have really good reasoning to be against it! Does anyone know if he has made a statement about where he stands on this specific legislation?
stephley stephley 9 years
McCain and Bush want to save boosted benefits for the people who re-enlist a couple of times, otherwise both say providing more for those serving one enlistment costs too much.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
How come John McCain say THIS in his speech, and be against the GI Bill???? "A substantial increase in veterans educational benefits and improvements in their health care has aided recruitment and retention." Talk about saying one thing and doing another!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Or, UnDave, we can really support the troops and bring them home.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
But hey, we support the troops. Let's hope the troops can set up lemonade stands, so they can make up the money.
stephley stephley 9 years
"The measure would have brought the total cost of the wars since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to $752 billion, a figure that exceeds the cost of any U.S. war since World War II. Of that, $660 billion -- about the cost in today's dollars of World War I, the Korean War, the Civil War and the Gulf War combined -- has gone to Iraq, according to the Congressional Research Service."
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