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The Troops Lose When Politicians Play Games

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The Troops Lose When Politicians Play Games

Nancy Pelosi and her Democrat Majority passed their micromanaging Iraq supplemental bill Thursday of last week, but it was sent to the president for his consideration Tuesday of this week. That bill contains funding that our troops need to fulfill their missions in the field. What was the holdup?

The bill was held so the Democrats could create a political spectacle and to give their supporters from Moveon.org fodder for protests. Speaker Pelosi waited to send the bill to the president's desk until this week to mock the president's declaration of "mission accomplished," which occurred four years ago this week. Even if she knew the president was going to veto the bill, she should have sent it to the White House the day after it passed so Congress could get back to business drafting a clean funding bill that will support our troops.

The Speaker's excuse for the delay was that she needed more time to review it. She said, "It's a major piece of legislation and you have to go through it word for word and line by line." Shouldn't that have been done before it was offered on the floors of the House and Senate? Was the Speaker unaware of the contents of the bill before she brought it up for final passage in the House?

Speaker Pelosi clearly delayed moving the bill because she wanted it to land on the president's desk on the four year anniversary of his declaration of "mission accomplished." This took place while our troops are in harm's way and that money is critical to their mission. I am deeply disturbed when politics trumps national security. Speaker Pelosi along with Majority Leader Reid and their Democrats clearly believe that political gain and appeasing their base takes precedent over keeping our troops safe.


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