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Afghanistan evacuation price tag rises by $7 billion

Added 12-02-21 10:22:02am EST - “Members of Congress say they still can't get clear answers about the U.S evacuation effort in Afghanistan, but they're being asked to approve an additional $7 billion to manage the pipeline of people still coming and the tens of thousands…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Afghanistan evacuation price tag rises by $7 billion”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Members of Congress say they still can’t get clear answers about the U.S evacuation effort in Afghanistan, but they’re being asked to approve an additional $7 billion to manage the pipeline of people still coming and the tens of thousands of Afghans already here.

House Democrats announced the $7 billion item early Thursday as part of a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running past a Friday shutdown deadline, buying time for lawmakers to try to hash out a broader spending deal for fiscal year 2022.

The evacuee money, agreed to by top Republicans and Democrats, comes on top of $6.3 billion included in the last stopgap bill in late September, as the price tag for the chaotic withdrawal continues to rise.

Most of the new money — $4.3 billion — goes to the Defense Department, which ran the evacuation and the camps where the evacuees are being hosted until they can be processed and released.

The new stopgap bill is up for a vote in the House this week, though it might be days before Senate action.

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