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Letter To Speaker Of The House Pelosi And Chairman Obey

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Letter To Speaker Of The House Pelosi And Chairman Obey

Dear Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Obey,

We are writing today to express our extreme concern over the potential composition of a Fiscal
Year 2010 Defense Appropriations bill package, and the process by which you intend to bring
the bill to the House floor.

Recent reports indicate that you are considering attaching costly and controversial non-defense
legislative items like an increase in the debt limit to the Defense Appropriations bill. V/e object
to this maneuver, and we will oppose a Defense Appropriations package that includes such
provisions.

Let us be very clear: House Republican members of the Appropriations Committee will not
support passage of the Defense Appropriations measure if it is used as a vehicle fo raise the
debt limit.

Our troops have been aggressively fighting to protect American interests overseas and our
security here at home. Their exemplary service has accomplished much in ensuring the safety of all Americans and stopping terrorist threats around the globe. Now, especially with a heightened effort beginning in Afghanistan, we must honor the service of our troops by providing them with the support they need to accomplish the mission.

Our men and women in uniform deserve this support without strings and caveats, and without
being used as bargaining chips to accomplish other unrelated legislative priorities.
It has been four months since the House passed its version of the Defense Appropriations bill,
and two months since the Senate did the same. However, this critically important piece of
legislation has languished in legislative purgatory, being held hostage to indecision and partisan
maneuvering. There is no valid reason why a clean Defense Appropriations bill could not have
already been approved and signed into law, giving our troops a much needed infusion of
resources, as well as the knowledge that they have the support of their Congressional leaders.
Congress should move immediately to pass a clean Defense Appropriations bill as prompt action
on this legislation is vital to the well-being of our troops and our national security. However,
while time is of the essence, we will not support a process that circumvents basic legislative
responsibilities in order for the Democrat majority to force through controversial and costly
legislative items.

It is time to pass a clean Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Appropriations bill that we all can be proud to
support. Our troops deserve no less as we bring this challenging year to a close.


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