July 2nd, 2010
12:41 PM ET

House passes spending bill for war in Afghanistan

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.

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    July 6, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Then again,who asked you to blog under my name,Funny boy or whoever you are?At any rate,I do ask you to quit trying to make a sick joke out of this obnoxious war if you have the decency to do so.Enough said.

      July 6, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |

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  17. Adalbert

    The best thing that we can do in Afghanistan is to stop the killing and bring our troops home. There is absolutely nothing in that country that is worth one single American life.
    So what is keeping us there? The answer is very easy, a lot of people making a lot of money.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      We need to be there, where else would we do our live Predator Drone training?

      July 5, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Another right-wing fanatic pretending to be Onesmallvoice!!! These fanatics think of everything under the sun!

        July 5, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        That's right,Funny boy.these filthy creeps who operate those ungodly drones have to do their killing somewhere,otherwise if they did that here in the United States they'd have to go to jail for the same thing!!!

        July 6, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Mike M.

    As long as politicians have the advantage of insider trading, war will keep on keepin' on. But isn't isn't insider trading illegal?

    July 4, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      Quite right,Mike M.,but MIC will do it anyway since they own the courts as well as our politicians which in turn means that there will be no peace in the Middle East.

      July 4, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Ain't that the truth??????

        July 4, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Susan

    All this money going into a country that will never change-there will always be war, but if we are not going to bring our troops home at least give them the things needed to keep them safe. Check out anysoldier.com site to see what our guys don't have in their everyday lives. I'll bet our great elected officials don't have to go without new clean socks and underware!!!!

    July 4, 2010 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  20. Smith in Oregon

    1 Trillion dollars for a regime change in Iraq resulting in the Chinese getting load's of huge Iraqi Oil leases for penny's on the dollars which Saddam would have totally refused to give them as the former leader of Iraq. The American soldiers paid with their blood, sweat and tears. The American taxpayers paid the tab, totally.

    1 Trillion dollars would have bought America universal health care coverage similar to that in Canada with less being spent each preceding year than it takes to support the war in Afghanistan. True Homeland Security must begin in America and with the American people. More American citizens dying every year thru inadequate health care than were lost in the 9/11 attacks.

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    July 3, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      Good grief,Anabel,are really an ignorant Tea Partier or a C.I.A. agent pretending to be one???

      July 5, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
      • Tom Posey

        Don't hold your breath,Onesmallvoice,no C.I.A. agent has ever told the truth and none will now.Why do you think they call them the Masters of Deceit???

        July 5, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      Good grief,Anabel,are you really an ignorant Tea Partier or a C.I.A. agent pretending to be one???

      July 5, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Anabel

        You are showing all the classical signs of paranoia probably brought on by drug and/or alcohol abuse and of course onanism. Get some help before it is too late.

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  22. Sandra

    Is there a nice peace loving country somewhere that I can move to? This country is run by war mongers. Someone took it over and there's no hope left for this. Where do we go from here? Can we just leave and go to other countries? How do we get out of here?

    July 3, 2010 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      I couldn't have stated it better myself,Sandra.Actually this country is being run by MIC(the military-industrial-complex) which President Eisenhower already warned us about back in 1959.Since then,it has grown exponentially in power and now controls both the President and Congress as well as the C.I.A. so our government has degenerated from a democracy into a right-wing burocracy.

      July 3, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |

    And now we see who's welfare the Congress has at heart and where their priorities lie.The have gobs of money for this useless war but yet they're powerless to help the economy and extend unemployment benefits for those who are out od work and have very few hopes of finding employment any time soon.How disgusting!!!!!!!

    July 2, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Very well stated,Bubba.You hit the nail on the head!!!!!

      July 2, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Smith in Oregon

    Afghanistan is a bottomless pit which makes American taxpayer dollars entirely disappear. Congress needs the courage and strength to pull the plug on it's no-strings unlimited war funding which is largely unaccountable and very likely funding nefarious programs and projects totally unrelated to the actual war in Afghanistan.

    July 2, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Former Marine

    Of course they are going to allocate more money to the war efforts. Lots of these Senators and Congressmen have stock in companies that are fueling our war efforts. We keep the war going, they make 1.2 Billion Dollars (Made up figure BTW) every few months as a kickback for their next "Campaign." I mean, come on, don't you people know ANYTHING about politics? These guys don't need Welfare, or Social Security, or even Medicaid, why do you think those are three key issues that no politician gives a rats behind about?

    July 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Posey

      From one former marine to another,you nailed it.These politicians are committed to MIC(the military-industrial-complex) and that's precisely my beef!

      July 5, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      Onesmallvoice Daniel-2 and Tom Posey are one and the same person. I have been reading what they post here for some time and am disgusted that they are now pretending to be a former member of the armed forces. Look at the similarity in their writing for example "MIC(the military-industrial-complex)" note the lack of spacing. What a gutless wonder.

      July 5, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        And here you are pretending to be Bledsoe.Are you really an ignorant Tea Partier or a C.I.A.agent pretending to be one?

        July 5, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Cold American

    You can spend money on this stupid flippin war but you can't pass the extension for our fellow American's to EAT! This country is ran by the DEVIL!

    July 2, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      The Devil and MIC(the military-industrial-complex) are one in the same!

      July 3, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Selfish. Are you talking about extending unemployment benefits? Unemployment benefits were supposed to be paid for by insurance premiums – these extensions are being paid for by the taxpayer, not by premiums!

      If you care so much about people being able to eat, why don't you extend it to all unemployed, not just those who were covered by unemployment insurance? Over 50% of people who become unemployed don't collect a dime – because they aren't eligibile – the self-employed, the contractors, the people whose corporation didn't pay unemployment insurance premiums –

      If it's about eating, why don't they deserve to eat, you selfish person?

      If its about – well they don't deserve it – well you don't deserve it either, by that logic.

      Just go away with your selfish nonsense. Wanting to extend unemployment to yourself while denying any aid to the majority of unemployed – disgusting.

      July 4, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        p.s. this is exactly what happened in all previous unemployment extensions – those who have already been collecting have been allowed to collect more – those who have never collected anything – continue to go hungry. Since your premiums are not paying for these extensions – there is no rhyme or reason for what is occurring.

        There is zero movement on capitol hill to cover – or even admit to the size of true unemployment. The real unemployment rate is over 20%.

        July 4, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Jacqueline

    Stop spending our money on this war that we shouldn't be in and send our troops home! Take care of home first!

    July 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |