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    http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSWBT00703020070524 House approves Iraq war money with no withdrawal Thu May 24, 2007 7:09PM EDT By Richard Cowan
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      House approves Iraq war money with no withdrawal
      Thu May 24, 2007 7:09PM EDT

      By Richard Cowan

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of
      Representatives broke a four-month deadlock with
      President George W. Bush on Thursday and approved $100
      billion in new funds for the wars in Iraq and
      Afghanistan without a timetable for withdrawing combat
      troops.

      By a vote of 280-142, the House passed the emergency
      funding bill, sending it to the Senate for expected
      approval.

      The war funds were coupled with new domestic money for
      child health care, more reconstruction after 2005
      hurricanes, and other programs, pushing the overall
      price tag of the measure to $120 billion. The bill
      also raises the U.S. minimum wage for the first time
      in more than a decade.

      "This is a token. This is a small step forward.
      Instead we should have a giant step forward into a new
      direction" on the war, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a
      California Democrat, said shortly before she voted
      against the Iraq war funding provision.

      Pelosi added that Democrats will promptly renew their
      efforts to pull U.S. combat troops from Iraq in
      upcoming legislation.

      On May 1, Bush vetoed legislation that would have
      forced the beginning of troop withdrawals by October 1.
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