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Skelton To Senate, Pass Supplemental

Today, House Armed Services Committee chair Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) pressed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.) to quickly pass a $37 billion supplemental war funding bill.

“DoD urgently needs supplemental funding in order to avoid inefficient and costly budget work-arounds in the immediate future,” Skelton writes in a letter to Reid. He urges the Senate majority leader to craft a bill that can gain “broad bi-partisan” so that it can reach President Obama’s desk as quickly as possible, adding “a critical hour is upon us.”

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has repeatedly urged Congress to pass a war supplemental; last month he warned lawmakers that the Pentagon would have to start doing “stupid” funding moves if a bill isn’t passed.

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