Roe Supports the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations
Funding for for Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Pandemic Flu
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) voted to pass the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations legislation. While most of the money is devoted to military operations, some funding goes toward fighting pandemic flu. As a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Roe noted that it is the duty of our nation to honor and support our service members and veterans. This bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a vote of 368-60. It will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.
“The men and women who serve our nation deserve the best equipment, training and support we can give them,” said Roe. “This bill includes necessary funding for military operations, our troops and our security at home.”
The Administration sought $80 million in the Supplemental to begin the process of closing the Guantanamo facility with no exit strategy in place; however, the request was denied.
“Closing Guantanamo might be a good policy if there was a workable alternative; however, the President announced the closure of this facility with no such plan in place. I am pleased we are not allotting funding to close this facility with no exit strategy.”