Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on Monday urged Congress to approve a $33 billion war supplemental bill by spring to fund increased operations in Afghanistan.
The request for more war money will immerse Congress in an intense debate over the war in Afghanistan. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) already said that she won't ask members of her party, and in particular liberal Democrats, to vote for another war supplemental.
Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale said Monday that the Pentagon will need the additional money by Memorial Day, at the end of May. Hale said that the Pentagon could stretch beyond that date.
In the fall, President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump wants respect. Here's how we should respond. Pentagon head opposed Manning commutation: reports Trump transition on Africa: Asking the wrong questions MORE announced his decision to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. The deployment is expected to be completed by August or September, putting the expenditures within fiscal 2010.