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White House May Want $100 Billion More for War
By Peronet Despeignes
The Chicago Sun Times
Tuesday 04 January 2005
Washington - Congress expects a new White House request for as much as $100 billion this year for war and related costs in Iraq and Afghanistan, congressional officials say.
It would be the third and largest Iraq-related request from the White House yet, and could push the cost of the Iraq war over $200 billion - far above the initial White House estimates of $50 billion-$60 billion. So far, the Iraq war has cost about $130 billion, according to the White House's Office of Management and Budget.
War costs complicate President Bush's plans for initiatives such as overhauling Social Security. They also threaten his pledge to halve the record $413 billion budget deficit.
Jim Dyer, chief of staff of the House Appropriations Committee, traditionally the first stop in Congress for any official request for money, said he expects a funding proposal from the Bush administration by Easter that "could be around $100 billion," the vast majority of it for Iraq.
Originally posted by quango
I would rather not spend the 100billion on anything, since we don't actually have that much money.
I would love to spend that 100 bil on homeland defense, if we had that kind of budget we wouldnt need as many troops elswear! We need sophisticated methods of homeland defense.
Why can't we get the govt. to use 100b here in the U.S.? I could see that kind of money going a long way in providing homes, food, and medicial needs for those here who currently have none.
How dumb can Americans be? If they continue to support these idiots, they're not only insane, but just plain stupid! Bush has not only screwed up with these wars, but his screw-ups just keep getting worse! Let's impeach the idiot before he takes America down entirely.