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U.S. Authorizes Another $70 Billion For Iraq, Afghan Wars

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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