House Bill to Urge Iraq to Match US Reconstruction Spending

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Capitol Hill (AP) A war-spending bill that will come before the U.S. house will push the Iraq government to match the U.S. on every dollar it spends on major reconstruction projects.

House democratic aides say the bill would have a similar provision to fund security training and equipment.

It's part of the ltest push by democrats and many republicans to get Iraq to spend more money on its own security. With the country's oil production on the rise and record-high fuel prices, Iraq is facing a massive budget surplus.

President Bush has requested 102 billion dollars to pay for combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan through September. About 3 billion dollars would go toward reconstruction and relief programs, including training and equipment.

The plan would also give anti-war lawmakers a vote on nonbinding language setting the goal of withdrawing most combat troops by December 2009. That provision would likely fail in the Senate and be stripped from a final House bill.

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