U. S. Seeks $70 Billion for Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

October 31, 2004

On October 26, the Washington Post reported that the White House will seek another $70 billion in "emergency funding" for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This will bring the total cost during the past year and a half to $225 billion.

The latest request comes on top of three earlier emergency spending bills approved by Congress in support of the war. In August, Congress approved $25 billion for the war as a bridge to the larger request the president promised for early 2005. Last October, lawmakers passed an $87.5 billion emergency spending measure that included $65 billion for combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Another $18.6 billion of those funds went to Iraqi "reconstruction."