House Approves $106 Billion for War

The House of Representatives passed a bill today that will fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq through September to the tune of $106 billion, The Washington Post reports. A vote for the bill came as a sign of support for President Obama, if not his strategy for increasing troops in Afghanistan. “We are in the process of wrapping up the wars. The president needed our support,” said Rep. Anthony Weiner, a Republican who initially opposed the spending but voted for it. "But the substance still sucks." The bill includes $7.7 million in pandemic flu provisions. Its $80 million initiative to close Guantanamo Bay, however, was removed by Congress. The Senate may pass the bill later this week, but many are expected to oppose the included $1 billion program that would provide vouchers to people looking to trade in old cars for fuel-efficient upgrades.