US cost of ISIS war crosses $6B mark

US cost of ISIS war crosses $6B mark
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The total U.S. cost of the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has crossed the $6 billion mark, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. 


A defense spokesman says that, as of January 31, the total cost to U.S. taxpayers of anti-ISIS operations that began on Aug. 8, 2014, is $6.2 billion.

That's an average of $11.5 million per day, for 542 days of operations. The average daily cost of operations has gone up from $11.4 million per day, as of late December. 

The war has still not been authorized by members of Congress, despite more than half a dozen lawmakers — Republicans and Democrats — drafting proposals to do so. The White House also sent over a draft proposal, but it was panned by both sides of the aisle. 

Some Republicans have asked to hear the administration's strategy against ISIS before voting to approve it.

House lawmakers requested the administration submit to them that strategy by Monday, as required by the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, but the administration did not meet the deadline.