National Priorities Project Tallies Cost of War through September 30, 2010
$747 billion for Iraq
$299 billion for
has appropriated an additional $136.8 billion for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
for the 2010 fiscal year. National Priorities Project estimates that for this
fiscal year, $64.5 billion is directed to Iraq and $72.3 billion to
Afghanistan. Bills that included war-related funding were the Department of
Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 2892) passed on October 28, 2009; the
Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 3288) passed on December 16, 2009; and the
Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 3326) passed on December 19,
appropriations bring total war-related spending for Iraq to $747.3 billion and
for Afghanistan to $299 billion, with total war costs of $1.05
trillion. National Priorities Project
its Cost of War
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.
These current year appropriations do not include funds to support the “surge” of 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan proposed by the Obama administration on December 1, 2009. Conservative estimates suggest that it will cost approximately $30 billion to fund this surge. Supplemental appropriations for this funding are expected later this year.
2001, the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and related activities have been
funded through emergency supplemental appropriations. In a clear departure from
this practice, the Obama administration integrated the FY2010 war funding into
the core budget appropriations process. While this process purportedly allows
for greater scrutiny and control over the allocation of tax dollars relative to
the emergency supplemental funding process, it has – ironically – also become more
difficult to ascertain the exact spending amounts directed to Iraq and
Afghanistan. Past supplemental bills outlined funding almost exclusively for
war costs whereas departmental appropriations combine these war costs with all
other departmental funds for the entire fiscal year.
War funding was found within three separate appropriations bills with the bulk of money in the Defense Appropriations Bill passed just before Congress left for their winter break. In addition to defense funding, this bill was used to extend Food Stamp benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP), unemployment benefits, and COBRA payments to continue health insurance coverage for the unemployed.
continue to follow Iraq and Afghanistan war funding including any supplemental
bills to support the Afghanistan surge that has already begun as well as any
other additional war costs.
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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 September 2009. Please note that funding estimates for FY2007-2009 have been revised in this updated report on which our estimates are based.
The cost of these extensions was not included in the bill but NPP estimates place funding for these three programs at approximately $40-$45 billion.
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