You’ve heard about President Bush’s veto of the spending bill to fund the war against terrorism in Iraq. You’ve heard the prevailing reason as well; the concern of mandated troop-withdrawal deadlines.
I wonder if there were a few billion more reasons? Like 13,200,000,000 of them? Did you see this?
May 1, 5:26 PM (ET)
By The Associated Press
Congress added money not requested by President Bush for the following programs in the 2007 Iraq war spending bill:
_$3.5 billion for Gulf Coast hurricane recovery.
_$3.5 billion for disaster farm aid.
_$2.25 billion for homeland security, including airport, border and cargo container screening.
_$2 billion for military readiness.
_$1.8 billion for veterans health care.
_$949 million for Afghanistan.
_$663 million for pandemic flu preparedness
_$650 million for low-income children’s health care.
_$500 million for fighting wildfires.
_$425 million for rural schools.
_$400 million for low-income heating assistance.
_$150 million for the FBI.
13.2 billion of the 124.2 billion-dollar bill was added-on. That’s 10.7%.
Hmmmmm. . . Remind me how this works when it comes time to submit my proposals for next year’s ministry budget, will you, please? This could come in handy! (Like it has a prayer . . . )