US backs $636-bln military bill funding Iraq, Afghanistan wars

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $636 billion military bill that funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

US backs $636-bln military bill funding Iraq, Afghanistan wars

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a $636 billion military spending bill that funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that killed thousands of civilians.

By a vote of 395 to 34, the House approved the bill and sent it on to the Senate, which is expected to act as soon as Friday, when current funding expires.

The bill covers Pentagon operations through Sept. 30, 2010. But the $124 billion approved for ongoing wars probably will not be enough to cover President Barack Obama's plans to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.

Congress eliminated funding for Lockheed-Martin Corp's F-22 fighter jet, but provided 10 more Boeing Co C-17 transport planes than the Pentagon asked for, at a cost of $2.5 billion.

The bill keeps alive the troubled VH-71 presidential helicopter program and continues to fund an alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, made by General Electric Co and Britain's Rolls-Royce Group Plc.

Reuters
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