US House pushed to pass stripped-down war measure

WASHINGTON - In a vote by the US Senate, House of Representatives Democrats faced little choice but to drop more than $20 billion in domestic spending from a must-pass bill funding US President Barack Obama's troop surge in Afghanistan.
The Senate rejected the US House measure, passed earlier this month, by a 46 to 51 vote that fell short of a majority, much less the 60 votes required to defeat a filibuster.
Instead, the Senate Thursday stripped out the $20 billion in House add-ons and returned to the House an almost $60 billion measure passed by a bipartisan vote in May. The Senate measure is limited chiefly at war funding, foreign aid, medical care for Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange, and replenishing almost empty disaster aid accounts.