$636 Billion Military Spending Bill Passes

December 19, 2009

(Chattahbox) — The Senate passed a $636 billion military spending bill 88-10, in an unusual Saturday morning vote that will fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with tacked on provisions to extend jobless aid and Medicare payment rates for two months. The bill also extends some key provisions of the Patriot Act for two months. The House of Representatives having already approved the bill, so all that remains is President Barack Obama’s signature for it to take effect for the fiscal year that began Oct 1.
The portion of the bill marked for ongoing wars of $128 billion does not cover additional costs expected for the 30,000 U.S. troop surge the Obama administration announced it will send to Afghanistan next year.  A separate request for those troops is expected to come up for a vote next spring. The successful passage of the military spending bill in the Senate now clears the way for Democrats to complete their work on the healthcare reform bill.

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