DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2006--CONFERENCE REPORT--Resumed
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Ms. STABENOW. I thank my friend and colleague who has done such a wonderful job on this issue, the Senator from Washington.
I rise to oppose this motion and to clearly state, along with my colleagues, that we all support funding our troops. We support helping those in the gulf who have been hurt and are in such difficult times. We all support the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. We have had the opportunity to vote on these. This is a question of whether something that cannot pass following the rules gets put into a bill that we all support on behalf of our troops, and somehow we are blackmailed into passing that in order to get the funding for the troops that we all want and that we all support.
I oppose this tactic. I appreciate that there are people on both sides of the aisle, well-meaning people who disagree on whether we should drill in the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve. I say no. But this is about whether we will support our troops and not allow the process to be hijacked. Let's vote no and get on about the business of funding our troops.