CAPITOL HILL (AP) _ Returning troops, the unemployed and
Midwestern flood victims would benefit from an Iraq war funding bill approved by the House.
It sailed to passage because Republican allies of President Bush broke ranks and provided the winning margin. The measure provides $162 billion to fund U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
well into next year.
Democrats opposed to the war succeeded in using the bill to force the approval of a sweeping revision to GI Bill college benefits and a 13-week extension of unemployment checks for those whose benefits have run out. President Bush had threatened a veto, but the White House has issued a statement supporting the legislation.
It also contains $2.7 billion in emergency flood relief for the Midwest. The proposed legislation now heads to the Senate.