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Duncan on Libya: Stop Money Flow


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement Thursday regarding the murder of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other American citizens:

"The money pipeline to Libya should be stopped immediately from every U.S. taxpayer source until that government takes action to hunt down those responsible and impose the harshest possible punishment.

"Liberals have always misled the American people about foreign aid--arguing it is only one percent of the federal budget each year. But in reality, about half of what the Defense Department alone does is foreign aid, and almost every other federal department and agency spends big money in other countries.

"Not one more penny from any federal department or agency should go to Libya until these murderers and terrorists are brought to justice, and the government of Libya must cooperate to the fullest extent.

"I am also in favor of stopping the flow of taxpayer dollars to Egypt and any other country where there are anti-U.S. demonstrations, especially where there are any threats or injuries to U.S. citizens.

"It makes no sense whatsoever to me to keep spending billions and billions of dollars in countries where the people do not appreciate it and at times express hatred toward us."

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