After weeks of intense debate, the House passed an approximately $80 billion emergency supplemental appropriations bill last night that will lend an additional $33 billion to the wars in Afghanistan in Iraq.
In the end, the vote to advance the nearly $60 billion Senate-passed measure came under a vote on the rule, an obscure process used to allow the House to vote to set the terms for debate on the bill, but not on the underlying bill. Inside the rule, the bill was deemed passed after the rule passed. The vote was close, but eeked by at 215-210. The budget resolution (that isn’t really a budget resolution) was included within the self-executing rule.
The House then took up five separate amendments that include a $1 billion youth summer jobs program, $10 billion for an Education Jobs Fund and $180 million in loan guarantees split evenly between nuclear and renewable energy programs.
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