Burr was one of 10 members to oppose the bill, reports Barb Barrett. In an e-mail to supporters, Cunningham suggested that Burr doesn't care about military families.
"I can't believe it. This morning Senator Richard Burr voted against funding for our troops, both at home and abroad," Cunningham wrote in the e-mail Saturday. "Tell (Burr) that voting against our military families is unacceptable."
Cunningham quoted two military spouses whose husbands now are serving in Iraq.
The $626 billion defense appropriations bill funds the military budget for fiscal year 2010. President Barack Obama signed it into law Monday.
Among a host of other projects, it includes a pay raise for troops. It doesn't include money for the surge of troops in Afghanistan that Obama recently announced. Burr said he had a problem with that.
"It didn’t fund the surge to Afghanistan, and it had about $18 billion worth of un-defense-related earmarks in it that were not paid for,” Burr said in an interview.
Obama just made his announcement on troop levels this month, and former President George W. Bush also failed to include his troop surges in regular appropriations bills.
This bill is different, Burr said.
"Because I thought the president set a new mark," Burr said. "It was a commitment to the American people that anything we did war-related was going to be in the war appropriations bill."
The bill’s 1,700 earmarks, he said, included museums and other projects un-related to the Department of Defense.