$20 Million to Celebrate

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Congress has set aside 20 (m) million-dollars for the "commemoration of success" in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The money is in this year's defense spending bill. It was also included in last year's budget but went unspent as violence in Iraq and Afghanistan surged.

A spokeswoman for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says if victory celebrations are being planned, Americans ought to be told what the victory plan is.

But a spokesman for Senate Republican Whip Mitch McConnell, the provision's original sponsor, calls the criticism silly. He points out the money was originally added by unanimous consent.