Funding to aid military operations, hurricane relief and bird flu preparation
Washington, DC â?? Funding for continuing military and reconstruction operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, relief for hurricane devastation and support for bird flu preparation was approved today by the Senate with the support of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the Senate Budget Committee. Crapo voted with his Senate colleagues, 98-1, to approve the $94.4 billion package, which the House approved Tuesday.â??This funding will provide our troops fighting to defend freedom in foreign lands with the resources they need to keep us safe at home,â?? Crapo said. â??The bill will also help put the southern region devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita back on track toward recovery. It is important the Senate and House were able to come to a compromise on the cost to accomplish these tasks and we can now fulfill our obligations to meet the needs of our brave men and women in uniform and those displaced by the storms of 2005.â?? Crapo is also a member of the Senate Air Force, National Guard and Reserve Caucuses.The completed legislation will now go to the President for his signature.