WASHINGTON, July 27 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Congress on Tuesday approved a 59-billion-dollar funding measure that would pay for troop increase in Afghanistan, sending it for President Barack Obama's signature.
|1st Sergeant Buddy Hartlaub with the U.S. Army's 1-320 Field Artillery Regiment, |
101st Airborne Division takes aim at a suspected Taliban position at Combat Outpost
Nolen in the Arghandab Valley north of Kandahar, Afghanistan, July 22, 2010.
(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)
The new funding is on top of the 130 billion Congress already approved for Afghanistan and Iraq this year. The Congress has appropriated over 1 trillion dollars for the two unpopular wars since 2001.
Opponents of the bill are mostly Democrats, who have stalled it for months. Over 100 of them voted against it, while Republicans supported it.
The funds were requested in February, and the Pentagon said it would run out of money for the wars by August if money was not appropriated by then.