Presdient Obama and the War-funding bill

There is a House-Senate sealed agreement on the war funding bill, which had been stopped over controversial detainee abuse photo releases. President Barack Obama personally guaranteed the photos would never be released. The president can use his powers that can include issuing an order to classify the photos. This is a much needed slap in the face for the American Civil Liberties Union, which is trying to force the photos’ release. The $106 billion war funding bill will face votes in both houses next week. The negotiating session sealed a compromise on dealing with Guantanamo Bay detainees. Barack Obama would be allowed for the next four months to order the detainees into the United States to face trial. The question of whether Guantanamo detainees tried and convicted in military courts in the United States would serve their prison sentences in the U.S. or other nations. This will buy President Obama a little more time to fulfill his promise to close the detention facility by January 2010. The bill started out at $83 billion request from President Obama, then jumped to $106 billion with money to fight the flu, buy military cargo planes and help poor nations weather the global economic crisis. They also added a $1 billion for a new “cash for clunkers” program that aims to boost new auto sales by allowing consumers to turn in gas-guzzling cars and trucks for vouchers toward the purchase of more fuel-efficient vehicles. This is the same week that President Obama and Speaker Pelosi, aimed for “pay-as-you-go” law requiring new programs to be paid for instead of being lumped onto the deficit, the measure would use deficit dollars for the auto-buying subsidies programs and to give GI Bill education benefits to the children of military service members who die while on active duty. Remember this is the change they promised but it sounds like more of the same old business as usual.

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