Bush to ask for $46 billion more for Iraq, Afghanistan wars

October 22, 2007 19:07

President George W. Bush will ask US lawmakers for another $46 billion (€32.47 billion) to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and finance other US security needs, The Associated Press has learned. The figure, which Bush was expected to announce later Monday at the White House, brings to $196.4 billion (€138.64 billion) the total requested by the administration for operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere for the budget year that started Oct. 1. It includes $189.3 billion (€133.63 billion) for the Defense Department, $6.9 billion (€4.87 billion) for the State Department and $200 million (€141.18 million) for other agencies. The figures were disclosed by congressional officials briefed on the request this morning and who spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made.

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