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Defense Spending Rises In Budget Bills, Despite U.S. Drawdown In Iraq And Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — As the United States draws down its military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, more foreign assistance workers will be needed to go in and help rebuild the war-torn countries.Yet the FY 2011 continuing resolution (CR) released …

WASHINGTON — As the United States draws down its military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, more foreign assistance workers will be needed to go in and help rebuild the war-torn countries.

Yet the FY 2011 continuing resolution (CR) released by the House on Tuesday cuts funding for the State Department and increases it for the Defense Department. House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan’s (R-Ohio) FY 2012 budget does the same over the next decade.

The Defense Department’s funding in the CR is $513 billion, approximately $5 billion above last year’s level. Another $158 billion is provided for overseas contingency operations (emergency funding). The war in Afghanistan is receiving $108 billion of that, while the war in Iraq is receiving $50 billion, according to a House Appropriations Committee staffer.

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