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National Priorities Project: $1.09 trillion total spending in Iraq and Afghanistan

– Tallies Cost of War Including Recent Supplemental Bill through September 30, 2010

  • $749.9 billion for Iraq
  • $337.8 billion for Afghanistan
  • $1.09 trillion total spending

With the passage of a supplemental spending bill last week (H.R. 4899), Congress has appropriated an additional $36.2 billion for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the 2010 fiscal year. The bulk of this money was directed to Afghanistan accounting for $33.9 billion. National Priorities Project estimates that total spending for this fiscal year is now $65.1 billion for Iraq and $106.6 billion for Afghanistan.

These new appropriations bring war-related spending for Iraq to $749.9 billion and for Afghanistan to $337.8 billion, with total war costs of $1.09 trillion1.  National Priorities Project (NPP) updated its Cost of War counters to reflect the new totals and to show the local costs of these wars to states and many cities. NPP’s trade-off tool allows you to explore what services could be obtained for your community with the same amount of money that Congress has appropriated for war spending.

Additional war-related spending is anticipated as a part of the FY2011 budget with $51.1 billion requested for Iraq and $119.4 billion requested for Afghanistan. The Obama administration is attempting to integrate war funding into the core budget appropriations process. Since 2001, the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and related activities have been funded almost entirely through emergency supplemental appropriations. In a departure from this practice, much of the FY2010 war funding came from the core budget with a lesser amount from last week’s supplemental bill. Spending for FY2011 is expected to come entirely from the annual budget.

In addition to war-related funding, this supplemental bill included spending for: Vietnam veterans affected by Agent Orange ($13.3 billion); replenishment of FEMA accounts ($5.1 billion); assistance to Haiti following the earthquake ($2.9 billion); costs of storms and floods ($399 million); costs related to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill ($94 million); costs related to the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster ($22 million); and costs of a new radio system for the Capitol Police ($13 million).

For more information: 413.584.9556 or www.nationalpriorities.org.

1 Total war funding to date includes all approved funds for Afghanistan since FY2001 plus all approved funds for Iraq since FY2003. See also CRS Report RL33110 July 2010. Please note that funding estimates for FY2007-2010 have been revised in this updated report on which our estimates are based.

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