House passes FY2010 war costs supplemental

////House passes FY2010 war costs supplemental

House passes FY2010 war costs supplemental

The House passed the FY2010 war costs supplemental appropriations bill late last night by a vote of 239-182.  The House bill includes the Senate-passed bill (see Highlights May 17, 2010 and May 31, 2010) that provides $33 billion for DoD costs related to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and about $4 billion in foreign aid, primarily for Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq (the administration had requested $4.5 billion).  The bill also includes non war-related funding from the Senate bill for FEMA disaster relief ($5.1 billion), aid to Haiti ($2.9 billion), benefit payments to Vietnam veterans and survivors for exposure to Agent Orange ($13.4 billion), farm loans ($31.5 million) and other domestic assistance.  In addition to the funding from the Senate bill, which is considered emergency spending and not offset, the House approved almost $15 billion for additional support to local school districts so they can avoid losing 140,000 jobs ($10 billion) and to fund shortfalls in the Pell Grant program aid to college students ($4.95 billion).  The House also added $701 million for border security on the U.S. southern border and $142 million for more Gulf Coast oil spill assistance.  To offset this unrequested funding, the House rescinds $11.7 billion from programs with excess funds and identifies $4.7 billion in savings from changes in mandatory programs.  The bill now goes back to the Senate to resolve the differences between the bills.  However, the Senate left for the July 4th recess on Wednesday and will not be able to consider the House proposal until it returns July 12th.  This means the final bill will not be signed before July 4th as Secretary Gates had urged.  While both the House and Senate are expected to approve appropriations for war costs, action on the additional funding for domestic needs is uncertain.  There is likely to be stiff resistance in the Senate to the added funding and the White House issued a message yesterday threatening a veto if the final bill included $800 million in House-proposed rescissions to education funds.

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