War funding bill passes Senate - KMOV.com

War funding bill passes Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has passed a bill to fund President Barack Obama's troop surge in Afghanistan.

The almost $60 billion measure passed by a bipartisan 67-28 tally. More than half of the funding would go to the Pentagon, mostly to support Obama's influx of 30,000 troops to Afghanistan.

There's also $5 billion to replenish disaster aid accounts, as well as funding for Haitian earthquake relief and aid to U.S. allies in the war on terror.

The bill includes legislation to allow the Coast Guard to receive advances of up to $100 million from the oil spill liability trust fund to pay for the federal response to spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The House has yet to approve the war funding measure, which faces opposition from many anti-war lawmakers.

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