Boehner Warns Majority Not to Put Billions in Worthless Pork on the Backs of Our Troops & Veterans
In advance of an expected motion to go to conference on the Labor/HHS Appropriations bill, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) warned Democratic leaders that House Republicans will oppose any effort to send a giant spending package of three bills to the President that adds billions in worthless pork on the backs of our troops and veterans. Boehner issued the following statement urging Democratic leaders to bring a clean troops/veterans funding bill to the floor:
"The Majority is attempting to use our troops and veterans to win passage of a pork-laden Labor-HHS spending bill. They are once again attempting to pass pork-barrel spending on the backs of our troops and veterans, just as they did last spring in the fight over the supplemental spending bill. Our soldiers and veterans deserve better, and House Republicans will oppose any effort to combine these three spending bills into one omnibus loaded up with billions in pork-barrel spending. The President has already said he will veto the bill, so continuing on this course is little more than a calculated political strategy that is doomed to failure.
"House Democratic leaders have already stalled completion of the veterans and troops funding bill for 138 days even though this bill has received overwhelming bipartisan support every year. These types of decisions underscore the Majority's flawed priorities that put politics before bipartisan accomplishment. House Republicans will continue to fight for a clean bill to support our veterans and our troops to ensure they receive critical benefits like housing and health care they need."
Boehner represents Ohio's 8th District, which includes all of Darke, Miami and Preble counties, most of Butler and Mercer counties, and the northeastern corner of Montgomery County. He was first elected to Congress in 1990.