Gates informs Congress of Pentagon funding shift

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Pentagon spokesman says Defense Secretary Robert Gates has notified Congress that the Pentagon will move around more than 4 billion dollars in response to a war-funding stalemate with lawmakers.

The Pentagon press secretary says 3.7 billion dollars will come from the Navy and Air Force payroll budgets, while 800 million will come from elsewhere in the Pentagon's base budget.

The money will be used to provide more funding for Army and Marine Corps war operations and to keep afloat the Pentagon office that works on solutions to roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The House recently passed a 50 billion-dollar bill that would keep operations afloat for several more months, but sets a goal of bringing most troops home by December 2008. That bill was blocked by Senate Republicans.

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