House panel clears emergency war funds

A House of Representatives committee on Wednesday rejected the Bush administration’s new initiative to promote democracy in Iran as it approved $71 billion in emergency funds mostly to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Republican-led House Appropriations Committee granted the administration almost all of the $67 billion it wanted for the wars, and ordered that some $1.3 billion be used to upgrade armor on Army vehicles after the

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