House Passes Nearly $60B FY10 Supplemental
The House passed aÂ nearlyÂ “$60 billion bill Thursday to pay for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and fund a variety of other programs,” including relief and rebuildingÂ initiatives in Haiti following the January earthquake, Fox News’ “The Speaker’s Lobby” blogÂ reports (Pergram, 7/1).
“The [FY10] supplemental appropriations bill, containing billions of dollars in additional domestic spending sought by Democrats in the House, passed 239-182, with 15 Democrats and 167 of 177 Republicans voting against the measure,” according to The HillÂ (Allen/Berman/Tiron, 7/1).Â
CongressDaily notes thatÂ the bill “will head back to the Senate, which is expected to take up the amended House bill after the Independence Day recess” (Sanchez/Scully, 7/2). According to The Hill,Â additional changes to the bill by the SenateÂ “seem likely.” A White House statementÂ said that President Barack Obama would veto the bill ifÂ it slashes education reform funding orÂ includes “provisions that would undermine [the president’s] ability as commander in chief to conduct military operations in Afghanistan”Â (7/1).