Democrats and Republicans Request Billions More for Iraq War

October 16, 2005

On October 7, the U.S. Senate voted 97-0 to provide President Bush with $445 billion in military spending, including $50 billion more for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Senate bill added $5 billion more to a similar bill already passed by the House.

A report by the Congressional Research Service stated that the Pentagon is currently spending about $6 billion a month for Iraq and $1 billion for Afghanistan. Since 2001, more than $350 billion has been directly spent on these two wars.

This latest military appropriation shows that, despite the massive opposition of the American people and the ever-growing Iraqi resistance, the U.S. government plans to continue and escalate the war. This vote also reveals, for the millionth time, that the war is a bipartisan policy carried out by the Republicans and Democrats.