Carter: "We Are Disrespecting Our Troops."
House Republican Conference Secretary John Carter (TX-31) reaffirmed the call for Nancy Pelosi to name conferees to the Veterans' Affairs/Military Construction Appropriations bill that would fund our military families and veterans. It's been 130 days since the House of Representatives passed the bill and Speaker Pelosi has yet to appoint conferees in order for the bill to be completed and sent to the President's desk. Carter issued the following statement:
"Our men and women in uniform are winning a war, and when they return home from Iraq, we better be ready to pay them what is due. Holding funds for our troops and veterans hostage for political gain is disrespectful to the men and women who have fought and are fighting to protect our country. Speaker Pelosi has kept these funds from our soldiers long enough. I am ready to work with Democrats to get our men and women in uniform the funds they need. It is time for the Speaker to make a move."
Note: Republican Minority Leader John Boehner (OH-08) named the following House Republicans to serve as conferees on the FY 2008 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act (H.R. 2642):
Rep. Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)
Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-FL)
Rep. John Carter (R-TX)
Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX)
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)