A U.S.military vehicle destroyed in Iraq in August 2005 (epa)
September 30, 2006 -- The U.S. Senate today authorized $70 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The bill now goes to President George W. Bush to be signed into law.
Lawmakers said the $70 billion should be considered a "bridge fund" to last about halfway through the next fiscal year. About $23 billion of that is to replace and repair worn out equipment.
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U.S. Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes being interviewed by RFE/RL in Prague on June 11 (RFE/RL)
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