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President Barack Obama Signs $59 Billion Defense Supplemental Bill

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After the House approved the $59 billion Defense Department’s supplemental war-funding bill last week, President Barack Obama signed it into legislation Friday, giving $33.5 billion to fund overseas operations.

The new bill will allot money toward the surge of an additional 30,000 troops in Afghanistan. It will also fund continued military operations in Iraq, as well as State Department operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Over the past several weeks, we have had to take extraordinary measures to fund our military operations around the world this late in the fiscal year,” Pentagon Spokesman Geoff Morrell said, “but thankfully the money provided in the supplemental ensures that we will be able to continue the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq while we plus-up forces in Afghanistan as part of our efforts to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaida.”

The rest of the funds includes money toward the Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief fund, State Department aid programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Haiti, and benefits for Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

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