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Roe Statement on Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2010

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Washington, July 2, 2010 | comments
WASHINGTON, DC – Last night, the U.S. House approved an emergency military funding bill - H.R. 4899, the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2010 - but not until House Democrats added $17 billion in non-emergency domestic spending. U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) voted against the measure.

Liberals in the House failed in attempting to set a definite timetable for troop withdrawal and failed in another measure to completely choke off military spending for our troops in Afghanistan. Democrats in the House were able to garner enough votes to add $17 billion in non-emergency domestic spending to the military funding bill.

Congressman Roe issued the following statement on H.R. 4899:

I am very disappointed the Majority Democrats chose to use this emergency military spending bill to add billions of dollars in non-defense spending. This bill should fund our troops, and extraneous spending should be voted on in a separate bill. Our grandchildren are already facing a mountain of debt, and there is too much deficit spending that we could offset with spending cuts.

In addition, Rep. Barbara Lee, a Democrat from California, offered an amendment that would strip all military funding from the Senate’s troop funding bill. I served in the Army in Korea, and saw what happened in Vietnam when Washington politicians micromanaged a war and prevented commanders from having the resources available which they thought would win. I will never support a plan in which I think we are tying the hands of our brave service-members.

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