Ryan Statement on War Supplemental
Wisconsin's First District Congressman Paul Ryan voted against the conference report for the Fiscal Year 2007 war supplemental appropriations bill because this fiscally irresponsible legislation contains more than $20 billion in non-emergency spending unrelated to winning the war on terrorism, and it puts politicians in the position of micromanaging America's military commanders in the field. The legislation passed in the House by a vote of 218-208.
"Congress should consider a clean war supplemental that's not larded up with unrelated spending. Some of these provisions have merit, but they don't belong in a wartime emergency spending bill and they should be considered separately. I also think it's counterproductive to give insurgents and terrorists troop withdrawal dates to circle on their calendar. By setting dates for military withdrawal from Iraq, the bill could also discourage wary Iraqi citizens from working with our troops and Iraqi security forces to quell the violence there," Ryan said.
This bill violates the emergency spending reforms Rep. Ryan helped put in place last year. These reforms were meant to prevent non-emergency spending from being inserted into emergency supplementals. This measure waives those safeguards.