20 June 2008

They Voted For You: Iraq & GI Bill

U.S. Reps. Alan Mollohan, D-1st, and Shelley Moore Capito, R-2nd, helped pass the "Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act."

Rep. Nick Rahall, D-3rd, voted against the measure, which reflected Senate changes to an earlier House version.

"Republican allies of President Bush provided the winning margin in a 268-155 vote to provide $162 billion to fund U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan well into next year," The Associated Press reported.

"Democrats opposed to the war, however, succeeded in using the Iraq funding bill as an engine to drive past White House resistance a sweeping revision to GI Bill college benefits and a 13-week extension of unemployment checks for those whose benefits have run out," AP''s article said.

The domestic provisions passed 416-12, with Rahall joining the majority for that vote.

"The White House issued a statement supporting the legislation," which now goes to the Senate, AP reported.

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