Biden administration asks Congress for billions as costs for Afghan refugees, natural disasters pile up

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Biden administration asks Congress for billions as costs for Afghan refugees, natural disasters pile up
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Biden administration asks Congress for billions as costs for Afghan refugees, natural disasters pile up
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The Biden administration on Tuesday called on Congress to pass tens of billions of dollars in funding to keep the federal government running as lawmakers work to pass its annual budget legislation. Government funding runs out at the end of the month as the new fiscal year starts in October.

As part of the temporary funding measure, known as a so-called continuing resolution, the administration is also requesting additional money to address what administration officials called urgent needs: the response to natural disasters as well as the relocation of thousands of Afghan allies after the Taliban took over the country as the U.S. withdrew last month.

The administration is seeking $6.4 billion for sites to process Afghan allies overseas and in the U.S. as well as for security screenings and humanitarian assistance. An administration official said the funding request will support plans for as many as 65,000 vulnerable Afghans to arrive in the U.S. by the end of September and up to 30,000 additional Afghans over the following 12 months.

You can read the rest of Sarah Ewall-Wice’s article at CBSnews.com

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