WHITE HOUSE (AP) - President Bush is thanking members of
Congress from both parties for sending him a bill to pay for the
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The 162 billion-dollar plan funds operations through the end of
his presidency and beyond.
Bush signed it in an Oval Office ceremony this morning, saying
it "shows the American people that even in an election year,
Republicans and Democrats can come together." He said the nation
"has no greater responsibility than to support" its troops and
According to congressional officials, the legislation brings the
total Congress has provided for the Iraq war to more than 650
billion dollars, while operations in Afghanistan have totaled
nearly 200 billion.
The package signed today also doubles GI Bill college benefits
for troops and veterans. It also includes a 13-week extension of
unemployment benefits, 2.7 billion dollars in flood relief for the
Midwest and many other items.