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
By a vote of 280-142, the House passed the emergency
funding bill, sending it to the Senate for expected
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
On May 1, Bush vetoed legislation that would have
forced the beginning of troop withdrawals by October 1.