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Senate OKs unrestricted war funding

June 27, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The Senate approved unrestricted funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, allowing continuation of the current military policy through President Bush's term and beyond.

In exchange, Bush agreed to create a more generous higher-education benefit for veterans and their families and to extend unemployment benefits for an additional 13 weeks. The $257.5-billion emergency spending bill also includes $2.7 billion in flood relief for the Midwest.

The bill, which had been the subject of a two-month tussle, won overwhelming support in Congress. It passed 92 to 6 in the Senate and 416 to 12 in the House, which acted last week. Bush is expected to sign it.

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