U.S. defense chief asks Congress for war funding approval

09:43, June 17, 2010      

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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged Congress on Wednesday to speed approval of the 33- billion-dollar supplemental war funding requested by President Barack Obama.

"I am becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of progress on the supplemental, and strongly urge Congress to complete its work on the request as quickly as possible," Gates said during a Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee hearing.

"If the supplemental is not enacted by the July 4 congressional recess, we will have to begin planning to curtail defense operations. Such planning is disruptive and can be costly, especially in time of war, and I ask your help in avoiding this action," he added.

The extra war funding, requested by Obama to pay for his troop surge in Afghanistan, was on top of about 130 billion dollars that Congress already approved for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars through Sept. 30 this year.

The new measure would raise the total funding for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade to one trillion dollars.

"The commitments made and programs funded in the (overseas contingency operations) and supplemental requests demonstrate this administration's determination to support our troops and commanders at the front so they can accomplish their critical missions and return home safely," the secretary noted.

Source: Xinhua

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