ROSKAM STATEMENT ON IRAQ SUPPLEMENTAL SPENDING BILL
Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) issued the following statement today on the Democrat's Iraq War Supplemental (Round 3):
"After 4 months of political posturing by the Democratic majority, I am pleased to have supported a clean Iraq War Supplemental. Precious time has been wasted in getting these resources to our servicemen and women, a move that has been irresponsible.
"This legislation makes sure our troops will have the money they need to accomplish their mission abroad, and remain ready to protect us at home without an arbitrary timeline for withdrawal. While surrender timetables harm our troops, benchmarks that do not tie the hands of our commanders will put pressure on the Iraqis to do their part.
"The benchmarks contained in this bill are an important tool to put pressure on the Iraqi government without continuing to delay funding that negatively impacts our forces on the field. As a cosponsor of H.R. 1062, which proposed similar benchmarks for progress in Iraq, I strongly support the accountability provisions included in today's bill.
"While this funding bill is long overdue, on this Memorial Day we will remember the brave men and women who have served our country in defense of freedom and we honor them by continuing our nation's pursuit of liberty."