Reichert: "Our troops do not deserve to have their funding used as a political tool"
Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) voted today to stop taxpayer funds from being diverted to governments that support terrorist activities and to keep terrorist detainees from being transferred into communities in the United States. The House voted today, 226-202, to cut funds for our troops in the field in order to loan U.S. taxpayer dollars to countries like Iran and Syria that support terrorist activities. The legislation also included a loophole that would make it easier to transfer terrorist detainees from military prisons into the United States.
"Our men and women in uniform give one hundred percent effort every single day to defend our freedom, and it is our responsibility to support them one hundred percent," said Reichert. "A funding bill to support our soldiers in the field in every way should not be used to bailout foreign sponsors of terrorism nor to permit captured terrorists to be transferred into our communities. This is just wrong. Our troops do not deserve to have their funding used as a political tool or to advance a political agenda. I was proud to stand with our soldiers to support their funding in a stand-alone troop funding bill last month; Congress should have worked together and rejected this bill show their respect for our soldiers. It is our duty to supply our troops with the funds they need to carry out their mission."