Bush signs $162bn war funding bill

Funding for conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan guaranteed beyond US president's term.

    Bush's signature of the bill guarantees funding
    of the war beyond January [AFP]

    The bill means that congress has so far approved $650bn to be spent on the Iraq war since it began more than five years ago.

    Another almost $200bn has been spent on operations in Afghanistan so far, congressional officials say.

    "Our nation has no greater responsibility than to support our men in women in uniform - especially because we're at war," Bush said.

    College benefits for troops and veterans will be doubled as part of the new funding package.

    It also provides for a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits and $2.7bn in emergency flood relief for the US Midwest.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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