Garrett Supports Funding for Our Troops
Congressman Scott Garrett voted in favor of the conference report to H.R. 4939, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Hurricane Recovery for Fiscal Year 2006, in a show of strong support for the men and women currently fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.
"As our heroic servicemembers fight this global war on terror it is critical that we provide them with the very best tools and equipment and the highest quality training," said Garrett. "I will always cast my vote on behalf of the young men and women who have put their lives on the line that we may live safe and free."
But, Garrett also reiterated his concern about funding routine projects through emergency supplemental appropriations bills, questioning the budget gimmicks that Congress often uses to keep spending off-budget and fund personal projects with minimal scrutiny.
After the Senate added approximately $15 billion in Federal spending during their consideration of the bill, Garrett led a successful House effort urging the conference committee members to reject the additional, non-emergency spending included by the Senate. Senators had lumped in such items as a $700 million railway to Gulf Coast casinos in Mississippi. The conference report passed today cut the gratuitous Senate spending.
"I am pleased that my House colleagues and I were able to hold the line and prevent the Senate from adding an additional $15 billion for their pet projects," Garrett stated. "But I remain concerned about other non-emergency spending included in the bill and I will continue to urge my colleagues and the Administration to have greater respect for the American taxpayer by funding only truly emergency projects in any future emergency appropriations bills."
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