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Senate Adds War Funding, Approves Supplemental Appropriations Bill

On May 22, the Senate passed the FY2008 Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 2642). The House approved portions of the bill on May 15; the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the bill the same day (see The Source, 5/16/08). The Senate considered the bill in two amendments, one addressing spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the other addressing funding for domestic programs.

The Senate adopted, 70-26, the war funding amendment, which would provide $165 billion in FY2008 for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, the Senate rejected, 34-63, an amendment that would have required the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

The Senate also approved, 75-22, the domestic spending amendment, which would expand veterans educational benefits under the GI Bill (P.L. 78-346), extend unemployment insurance by 13 weeks, and remove the restriction on “nominal” pricing for university health clinics and Planned Parenthood facilities under the Public Health Service Act (P.L. 78-410).

Unlike the House version of the bill, the Senate did not include the .47 percent surtax on the incomes of individuals earning $500,000 or more ($1 million for joint filers).

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