US House approves military funding
May 11, 2007 - 3:43:40 PM

Washington, MAY 11 - The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that will provide funding for US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in two stages.

The bill, which was approved by 221-205 votes late Thursday, will provide the Pentagon with $42.8 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan up to August 1. After that date Congress will need to vote on an additional $52.8 billion, which will depend on the situation in Iraq and the success of US troop operations.

President George W. Bush said earlier that he would not support a two stage approach and if passed he would veto the bill. 'We reject the idea. It won't work,' he said at a meeting with the top military Thursday.

Bush has already vetoed the first bill approved by Congress in late April, which linked $124 billion funding to the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, calling it 'unacceptable.'

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