Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, voted today, Wednesday, for the appropriations bill that funds the Department of Defense (DoD), but she voted NO on a massive $100 billion plus spending bill because it adds to an already out of control spending spree by the Congress.
The DoD bill is critical to our efforts in both Afghanistan and Iraq and will give our fighting men and women the support they need to wage an effective war against Islamic extremists. Also included, and of much importance to Ros-Lehtinen, is a military pay raise that provides a 3.4% average pay increase for military personnel.
It also includes funding for programs that will help those in need due to the present recession including an extension of unemployment insurance, highway funding, flood insurance programs, and reauthorization of two SBA loan programs.
Ileana opposed the "Stimulus II" appropriations bill because it has more unnecessary government spending that will only deepen our financial troubles and will bring little relief to the millions of Americans also suffering from job losses or financial difficulties.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "Once again the Majority is risking the future of my granddaughter by driving this country deeper into debt. I have never seen so many multi-billion dollar votes in such a short time. It's irresponsible and it is placing our nation at great risk because this debt will be owned by our number one adversary: Communist China. I urge the Majority to come to their senses and put a stop to this maddening rush towards financial insolvency."