US supplemental budget approves $3,000 million for Iraq reconstruction

14 April 2003
The supplemental budget approved by US Congress on 12 April provides almost $3,000 million to cover the cost of humanitarian and oil industry reconstruction work in Iraq, the full text of the appropriations act shows.

The supplemental budget approves $2,468.3 million 'for humanitarian assistance in and around Iraq and for rehabilitation and reconstruction in Iraq.' The US Agency for International Development (USAID) said on 11 April that it expected to receive $1,700 million for its relief and reconstruction activities.

The budget also approves $489.3 million to pay for 'expenses necessary to address emergency fire fighting, repair of damage to oil facilities and related infrastructure and preserve a distribution capability.' This amount is cover the cost of the contracts awarded by the US army for emergency work in Iraqi oil fields to Kellogg Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton, and other projects it initiates in the sector in the present financial year.

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