Posted by CODEPINK Staff
Today, on the 8th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan, the Senate passed the 2010 Defense Budget with 93 yays to 7 nays. The bill allocates $128 billion to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This does not include any amounts allocated by additional war supplemental bills.
To date, we have already spent over a quarter trillion dollars on the war in Afghanistan alone. This 2010 budget includes additional funding for the 21,000 additional troops Obama requested to send to Afghanistan earlier in the year.
Senator Russ Feingold, who has publicly called for a timetable for withdrawal in Afghanistan, was the only antiwar vote against the bill.