House Fails to Approve War Funding
On Thursday, House Democrats voted to deny funding for day-to-day combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Without action by Congress, current funding is set to expire in the middle of June at which point the Department of Defense would be required to begin temporarily laying off workers. During floor consideration of an emergency supplemental spending bill, Democrats voted to strip out $162.5 billion in funding for the needs of our men and women deployed in harm's way. In its place, the measure was amended to include language that would set an arbitrary timeline for withdrawal from Iraq, attach more than $21.2 billion in unrelated non-emergency spending, and enact a $54 billion tax increase targeted at small business owners. Congressman Miller strongly opposed this effort to hijack the troop funding bill for partisan ends. As the appropriations process moves forward, he believes firmly that Congress must provide our troops the resources they need by passing a clean troop funding bill without delay and without needless strings attached.