ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Tom Shine Report: ABC News has learned that the Bush Administration plans to ask Congress for another $42.3 billion to fund the global war on terror. That brings the total request for 2008 war funding to nearly $190 billion, making 2008 the costliest year, by far, for war funding.
Defense Secretary Gates will present the funding request to the Senate Appropriations Committee this afternoon. According to a copy of Mr. Gates’ testimony obtained by ABC News, the additional funding request includes:
– $11 billion to buy more MRAPs (this makes a total of more than 16.3 to be spent on MRAPs in 2008
– $6 billion for Army and Marine combat units operating in Iraq
– $6 billion for training and equipment of U.S. ground troops "to accelerate deployment readiness of Army units"
– $9 billion to repair and replace equipment used in Iraq and Afghanistan
– $1 billion to "improve U.S. facilities in the region and consolidate our bases in Iraq."
– $1 billion to train Iraqi security forces, bringing the total to $5.7 billion for training Iraqi security forces in ’08 alone.
"I urge the Congress to approve the complete Global War on Terror request as quickly as possible and without excessive and counterproductive restrictions," Gates will say, according to his written testimony.
The administration has already requested $147 billion for funding the global war on terror. The additional request of $42.3 billion brings the total to $189.3 billion for fiscal year 2008.
Here’s a rundown of how much has been spent on the war on terror since the invasion of Iraq:
-2007 — $173 billion
-2006 — $121.5 billion
-2005 — $107.6 billion
-2004 — $94.1 billion
-2003 — $81.1 billion