The total U.S. cost of the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has crossed the $6 billion mark, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.
A defense spokesman says that, as of January 31, the total cost to U.S. taxpayers of anti-ISIS operations that began on Aug. 8, 2014, is $6.2 billion.
That’s an average of $11.5 million per day, for 542 days of operations. The average daily cost of operations has gone up from $11.4 million per day, as of late December.
The war has still not been authorized by members of Congress, despite more than half a dozen lawmakers — Republicans and Democrats — drafting proposals to do so. The White House also sent over a draft proposal, but it was panned by both sides of the aisle.