Friday, June 20, 2008

House Passes War Funding Bll

The House has passed a $162 billion war funding bill.

The bill will bring to more than $650 billion the amount provided by Congress for the war in Iraq since it started five years ago. Nearly $200 billion in additional funding has gone to operations in Afghanistan, according to congressional analysts.

A new GI Bll was attached and a 13-week extension of unemployment checks for those whose benefits have run out.

The new GI Bill essentially would guarantee a full scholarship at any in-state public university, along with a monthly housing stipend, for people who serve in the military for at least three years. It is aimed at replicating the benefits awarded veterans of World War II and more than doubles the value of the benefit — from $40,000 today to $90,000.

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