WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration is asking Congress for almost 190 billion dollars for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the coming year.
That's an increase of more than a third over initial projections.
In remarks prepared for a Senate hearing, Defense Secretary Robert Gates says an extra 42 billion dollars is needed. He says the money would be used to buy vehicles that can protect troops against roadside bombs, refurbish worn equipment and consolidate U.S. bases in Iraq.
In the prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press, Gates says he is aware that the war in Iraq "will continue to be a source of friction" between the president and Congress.
He says the Iraq war is one of several "difficult choices America faces in the war on terror."