$108 billion more for Iraq
Had enough yet? President Bush is instructing Congress to pass a
"I made my position very clear to Congress and I will not accept asupplemental over $108 billion or a supplemental that micromanages thewar, ties the hands of our commanders," Bush said. "We will work withCongress on these veterans' benefits .... But the $108 billion is $108billion."
The hard line came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,D-Calif., and other top congressional leaders held a rally for the Iraqwar veterans measure on the West Front of the Capitol.
Severalconservative Republicans joined the rally on behalf of the legislation,which would greatly increase college education benefits for veterans tocover tuition and fees at most public universities. That would, onaverage, double college aid for veterans to about $12,000 per year.
"Weare very close to pulling it off," said Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., the chiefsponsor on the legislation, alluding to a plan by Democratic leaders toadd the veterans measure to the war funding bill.
$1 trillion later, and we are still funding this war. Since the war started in 2003, it looks like we have 95 years left there. Better hold on tight and get used to it.