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House takes up bigger than requested war spending measure

WASHINGTON (AP) - A House vote is expected today on a nearly $97
billion war-spending measure.
The bill would fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through the
end of September. The spending would push the cost of the two wars
to almost $1 trillion.
The almost $97 billion measure is nearly $12 billion more than
the administration asked for.
Some of the extra funding covers cargo planes the administration
didn't ask for, as well as almost double the amount requested for
mine-resistant vehicles.
It does not include the $80 million the administration requested
to close the Guantanamo Bay prison. It does include a request for a
detailed plan regarding the prison's future.
Republicans tried, but failed, to include a provision blocking
the shutdown of Guantanamo.

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