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06-SP4242 on Jun 14, 2006

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: requiring Iraq War budget be part of regular defense budget
Source: Defense Authorization Bill (S.AMDT.4242 to S.2766)
OnTheIssues.org Explanation: Since the start of both the Afghanistan war and the Iraq war, expenditures for those war have been voted for in "emergency supplemental spending bills," instead of in the normal defense spending bill. That implies that the expenditures are unexpectedly high, which may have been true in the early years of the war. This amendment requires regular budgeting for the Afghanistan & Iraq wars.

OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: To require regular budgeting for ongoing military operations.


  • The President's budget for each fiscal year after 2007 shall include--
  • a request for funds for such fiscal year for ongoing military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq;
  • an estimate of all funds expected to be required in that fiscal year for such operations; and
  • a detailed justification of the funds requested.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote, 98-0, Vote Number: 170.

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 15. Question 15: Expand the military Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Homeland Security
  • Headline: Require Iraq War budget be part of regular defense budget (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget (Score: -1)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 06-SP4242

Daniel Akaka s2iHI Democratic Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Robert Byrd s2iWV Former Democratic Senator 
Kent Conrad s2iND Democrat Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Chris Dodd s2iCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Daniel Inouye s2iHI Democratic Sr Senator 
Carl Levin s2iMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Barack Obama s2iIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
Harry Reid s2iNV Democratic Sr Senator 
Ken Salazar s2iCO Former Democratic Senator (entered Cabinet, 2009) 

Republicans participating in 06-SP4242

Conrad Burns s2iMT Former Republican Senator (MT, 1989-2007) 
Saxby Chambliss s2iGA Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Tom Coburn s2iOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Susan Collins s2iME Republican Sr Senator 
John Ensign s2iNV Republican Jr Senator 
Lindsey Graham s2iSC Republican Sr Senator 
Judd Gregg s2iNH Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Chuck Hagel s2iNE Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 
John McCain s2pAZ Republican Sr Senator 
Olympia Snowe s2iME Republican Sr Senator 
Ted Stevens s2iAK Former Republican Sr Senator 
John Warner s2iVA Former Republican Senator (retired 2008) 

Independents participating in 06-SP4242

Joseph Lieberman s2iCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 9
Republicans: 12
Independents: 1

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