$97B war-funding bill passes House

The House approved a contentious war supplemental bill by 368-60 on Thursday afternoon.

The nearly $97 billion measure was opposed by anti-war Democrats and conservatives wary of the bill’s price tag. For very different reasons, some members of those factions voted against the rule that brings the bill to the floor.

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But enough members of both parties opted to back the procedural motion earlier in the day advancing the bill on a 247-178 vote.

Democrats who voted against the rule were Reps. Bob Filner (Calif.), Luis Gutierrez (Ill.), Baron Hill (Ind.), Frank Kratovil (Md.), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), John Lewis (Ga.), Jerry McNerney (Calif.) and Mike Michaud (Maine). Republicans who voted for the rule included Reps. Dean Heller (Nev.), Leonard Lance (N.J.), John McHugh (N.Y.), Todd Platts (Pa.) and Jean Schmidt (Ohio).

Even though the appropriations measure does not include money to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba, it closely resembles what Obama sought in his request to Congress. Other than war funding for Iraq and Afghanistan, the House bill seeks emergency funding for the pandemic flu, the U.S. Capitol Police, wildfires and nuclear non-proliferation initiatives.

A $91.3 billion supplemental funding measure was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday, but a contentious fight still looms over the future of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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