March 17, 2005: Headlines: COS - Colombia: Politics: Congress: Iraq: LA Times: Sam Farr was among Democrats voting against President Bush's request for nearly $82 billion in emergency funds primarily for military spending in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Democrats criticized the administration's policies in Iraq and its repeated use of emergency funding requests to cover the costs of fighting there and in Afghanistan. The Democrats also cited what they called lax congressional oversight of reconstruction efforts in both nations

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Sam Farr was among Democrats voting against President Bush's request for nearly $82 billion in emergency funds primarily for military spending in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Democrats criticized the administration's policies in Iraq and its repeated use of emergency funding requests to cover the costs of fighting there and in Afghanistan. The Democrats also cited what they called lax congressional oversight of reconstruction efforts in both nations

Sam Farr was among Democrats voting against President Bush's request for nearly $82 billion in emergency funds primarily for military spending in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The Democrats criticized the administration's policies in Iraq and its repeated use of emergency funding requests to cover the costs of fighting there and in Afghanistan. The Democrats also cited what they called lax congressional oversight of reconstruction efforts in both nations

Sam Farr was among Democrats voting against President Bush's request for nearly $82 billion in emergency funds primarily for military spending in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Democrats criticized the administration's policies in Iraq and its repeated use of emergency funding requests to cover the costs of fighting there and in Afghanistan. The Democrats also cited what they called lax congressional oversight of reconstruction efforts in both nations

House Passes $82-Billion Request for War Funding
# The bill allocating money mainly for Iraq and Afghanistan draws bipartisan support.

By Mary Curtius, Times Staff Writer

WASHINGTON President Bush's request for nearly $82 billion in emergency funds primarily for military spending in Iraq and Afghanistan and assistance to global hot spots easily passed the House on Wednesday, winning virtually unanimous support from Republicans and broad backing from Democrats.

The request, if approved by the Senate, would increase the cost of fighting wars and terrorism since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to about $300 billion.

During a day and a half of floor debate, Democrats criticized the administration's policies in Iraq and its repeated use of emergency funding requests to cover the costs of fighting there and in Afghanistan. The Democrats also cited what they called lax congressional oversight of reconstruction efforts in both nations.

Most, however, voted for the bill, saying they felt an obligation to support American troops. The measure passed 388 to 43; eight California Democrats were among those who voted no.

Republicans spearheaded the only significant changes in the White House request.

[Excerpt]

All 20 Republicans in California's 53-member House delegation voted for the bill. The Democrats who voted against it were Sam Farr of Carmel, Bob Filner of San Diego, Barbara Lee of Oakland, George Miller of Martinez, Pete Stark of Hayward, Mike Thompson of St. Helena, Maxine Waters of Los Angeles and Lynn Woolsey of Petaluma.





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