U.S. Embassy in Iraq
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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Concerns about the U.S. Embassy in Iraq have surfaced regarding the quality of construction and reported assertions of trafficking-like labor practices by First Kuwaiti General Trade and Contracting Company, the primary builder of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The Bush Administrations FY2008 budget request includes 65 million for base funding for operations in Iraq. In addition, the Administration requested 823.9 million for mission operations in an FY2007 supplemental request and another 1.9 million for mission operations in an FY2008 emergency request. On May 24, 2007, Congress passed a compromise supplemental appropriation H.R. 2206, which the President signed into law P.L. 110-28 on May 25. The enacted law included 750 million for State Department operations in Iraq. A previous emergency supplemental appropriation H.R. 1268P.L. 109-13, signed into law on May 11, 2005, included 592 million for embassy construction -- all that is needed for construction of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, according to the Department of State. Completion of the embassy is expected by the end of summer 2007. This report will be updated as information becomes available.
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