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Statement Regarding Vote On War Supplemental

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STATEMENT REGARDING VOTE ON WAR SUPPLEMENTAL

Today the House approved legislation that was advertised as an effort to meet the needs of our men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. In actuality, the bill will harm our efforts to fight terrorism. The final product was rife with pork that had nothing to do with fighting terrorism. To tie so many special interest projects to time-sensitive funding of our troops is shameful.

The following is a statement from U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulshof regarding Friday's vote on the budget supplemental:

"Today the House approved legislation that was advertised as an effort to meet the needs of our men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. In actuality, the bill will harm our efforts to fight terrorism. The final product was rife with pork that had nothing to do with fighting terrorism. To tie so many special interest projects to time-sensitive funding of our troops is shameful.

"This bill micromanages the military, hamstrings the fight against terrorists and places the political desires of groups like MoveOn.org over the recommendations of America's most capable military commanders.

"There were some parts of the bill that deserve support, like an increase in the minimum wage and disaster assistance for farmers. I have voted for these issues in the past based upon their individual merits. I will continue to support them in the future.

"In the final analysis, I could not overlook the egregious unrelated spending that the majority tacked onto the bill to gain the necessary 218 votes. Today they did our men and women in uniform a grave disservice.

"The approach embraced by the Democrats in Congress is clearly dead on arrival. The White House has signaled its intention to veto the bill, and the Senate is almost certain to reject the misguided approach adopted by the House. It is my hope that, after the majority is done with its political posturing, we can pass a clean, meaningful bill that properly supports our troops and gives our commanders in the field the resources they need to accomplish their mission."


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