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Appropriations Ranking Member Jerry Lewis warns Democrat leadership against playing politics with war funds, abusing democratic process, and exploiting troops

, April 16, 2008

 
Appropriations Ranking Member Jerry Lewis warns Democrat leadership against playing politics with war funds, abusing democratic process, and exploiting troops

WASHINGTON, D.C. – It has been over 430 days since the Administration submitted the 2008 emergency war supplemental funding request to Congress. However, because of the subsequent inaction of the Democrat leadership to fully fund this request, the Defense Department will soon be forced to make drastic budget reductions, including cutting military pay and family benefits.

Appropriations Ranking Member Jerry Lewis has issued the following statement regarding the FY 2008 war supplemental funding request:

“Our troops have been waiting a year and a half for Congress to give them the emergency funds they need to continue their efforts in the Global War on Terror, yet the Democrat leadership has failed to act. If the Democrat leadership continues to play politics with war funding, 490,000 active duty military troops will face the prospect of no paycheck in June and 300,000 military families could lose their housing benefits – in effect rewarding the service of our soldiers and their families with IOUs and eviction notices. 

I would expect that we consider this long overdue and important supplemental for the troops through a normal, traditional, and open appropriations process - unlike the closed, truncated process used by the Democrat leadership last spring. It would be unfortunate if the Democratic leadership seeks to use this self-created crisis to sweep billions in extraneous spending through the House without regard for public debate, democratic practices, or fiscal responsibility.

Any attempt by the Democrat leadership to use procedural gimmickry to jam billions in unrelated spending down the throats of the American public, abuse the rules and processes of the House, and exploit military personnel and their families will ignite the full and unadulterated opposition from the Republican members of this committee.”

 

 

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