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U.S. House Approves $94 Billion For Afghan, Iraq Wars

June 13, 2006 -- The House of Representatives passed a $94.5 billion bill today to pay for continuing U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and hurricane relief.

The legislation provides nearly $66 billion that the Pentagon says it urgently needs to buy more combat materials for soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It also has almost $20 billion to continue rebuilding southern states after last summer's destruction by Hurricane Katrina and other storms.

U.S. border security agencies also would get more money this year to control illegal immigration along the southwest border, as would government planning for a possible avian-flu pandemic.

The Senate is to clear the measure for President George W. Bush's signature later this week.

(Reuters, AP)