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US Senate passes $91.3 billion war funding bill

The Senate has passed a $91.3 billion war spending bill that would fund stepped-up military operations in Afghanistan but deny President Barack Obama money to close the Guantanamo Bay prison.

world Updated: May 22, 2009 07:38 IST
AP

The Senate has passed a $91.3 billion war spending bill that would fund stepped-up military operations in Afghanistan but deny President Barack Obama money to close the Guantanamo Bay prison.

The 86-3 vote demonstrated widespread support for increased U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan. A House-Senate compromise should go to Obama shortly after Congress returns next month.

The sweeping legislation also would provide the International Monetary Fund with a new $100 billion credit line and provides $1.5 billion to fight a potential flu epidemic.

A few Democrats said that if they don't see measurable progress in Afghanistan they would rethink their support. The Afghanistan effort is projected to cost more than Iraq starting next year.

First Published: May 22, 2009 07:36 IST