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Military Construction, Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2007

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MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, MILITARY QUALITY OF LIFE AND VETERANS AFFAIRS APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2007 -- (House of Representatives - May 19, 2006)

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Mr. LaHOOD. Mr. Chairman, I move to strike the last word.

I want to stipulate, Mr. Chairman, I do not have any projects in this bill. I also want to stipulate that the gentlemen that have been out here on the floor for the last 2 hours, talking about the fact that they support our troops, they support the idea that we should be funding our troops and funding the war, almost all of them voted against the rule that would have funded all of the money for the last supplemental for the war.

You all voted against the rule. So please do not come out here and lecture us on the idea that you are for supporting the troops when you voted against the rule. Every project that you had stricken today was authorized by the last Armed Services bill that was on the floor about 10 days ago. When I last checked the vote on that, only three people voted against that bill. None of you. So please do not come out here and lecture us.

You picked the wrong bill to have your earmark fight. Please do not tell us you support the troops. Please do not tell us you support the war. When you came out here and X'd out all of these important projects that help our troops, help us win the war, help the administration fight the war on terror.

Pick another bill, not this one, and then try to lecture all of us on the idea that you support all of this. You voted for it in the authorization bill; however, you did vote against it in the rule in the last supplemental, which would have funded the supplemental. So you cannot have it both ways. I know you would love to, but you cannot.

And I just want the record to show what happened here.

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