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Blackburn: Troop Funding Ensures Progress In Iraq Will Continue

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Blackburn: Troop Funding Ensures Progress In Iraq Will Continue
Measure includes historic funding for nations veterans

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-07) hailed the passage of the Senate amendments to H.R. 2764, a spending package that ensures funding for our men and women in harms way will continue. The measure, passed by an overwhelming majority, also includes the largest ever budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"Now is not the time to play political games with our national security. Despite the best efforts of Democrat leaders and their 'slow bleed' strategy, our men and women in uniform are making remarkable, but fragile, progress in Iraq. This funding will help our troops to solidify their gains and continue their momentum in the year to come."

"The political games we have all witnessed over the last year would have resulted in laying off the very people who our troops rely on to support them back at home-- many of them military spouses. It is time for the Democrat leadership to accept the reality on the ground; our troops are making progress and with our backing in the New Year, Iraq can find itself on firmer footing. It is time to come together as a nation and offer America's men and women in harms way our unqualified Congressional support."

The spending measure, a compilation of eleven appropriations bills that the Democrat's misplaced priorities left until the last moments of the session, also included the largest increase in veterans funding in the VA's history.

"It shouldn't have taken us this long to get here. Those who have served in our nation's uniform are the bravest among us, and making them whole is a primary responsibility of the Congress. I look forward to working with my colleagues and Tennessee's veterans to ensure that men and women who have served get the quality care they deserve."


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