Bush signs supplemental spending bill
- Congress Daily
- June 16, 2006
The measure provides $65.8 billion in war-related funding, as well as $4.3 billion in foreign assistance to Iraq, Sudan and other nations. It includes $2.3 billion for initiatives to combat a potential avian flu outbreak and $1.9 billion for border security, including funds to deploy National Guard troops to the Southern border. There is $19.8 billion for Gulf Coast rebuilding aid.
The size of the supplemental met Bush's request that it not exceed $94.5 billion. Bush had threatened to veto any measure if it came to him at a higher level.
The underlying bill also includes sets an $873 billion fiscal 2007 discretionary spending cap, a 3.6 percent increase over this year's spending, so the Senate can move ahead with appropriations bills.