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US Senate Approves $81 Billion for Iraq, Afghanistan Combat and Reconstruction


The U.S. Senate has approved more than $81 billion to sustain combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This would push the total cost of combat and reconstruction beyond $300 billion.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a similar bill last month.

The two bills differ mainly on two issues - immigration reforms and plans of construction of a new embassy in Baghdad. The Senate has included $592 million for the embassy, but the House has not.

Once the differences between the two versions are worked out, it will go to President Bush for his signature.

Both versions of the measure would give President Bush much of the money he requested.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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