WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is signaling that it will soon request billions of dollars in supplemental Pentagon funding for air operations against Islamic militants and higher troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Congressional aides say non-war funding is likely to be part of the administration request, too.
The postelection war funding request would be yet another ingredient in a mix of budget-related items for an unpredictable lame-duck session. Other items include preventing a government shutdown when a government-wide temporary funding bill expires Dec. 9, funding to help Louisiana rebuild from devastating summertime flooding, and money to help Flint, Michigan repair its lead-tainted water system.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters in September that a war funding request would be coming after the elections but offered little detail.