By Walter Alarkon - 05/12/10 03:47 PM EDT
The Senate Appropriations Committee will markup Thursday an emergency supplemental spending bill that is likely to include the $33 billion requested by the Obama administration for the war in Afghanistan.
The full committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. The bill to be marked up has yet to be released.
In addition to funding for President Barack Obama's plan to increase troops to fight the Taliban, the bill may include disaster aid. The House has passed a $5.1 billion emergency supplemental bill for increased aid for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but that measure has yet to be taken up by the Senate. The House has yet to schedule when it will act on the war funding bill.
The Obama administration has told the Senate that the measure must be approved this month, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said.