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The Friday Faxline: Issue 504

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The Friday Faxline: Issue 504

Pentagon forced to shift funds while waiting on stalled Iraq bill

With Congressional Democrats stalling on a bill to fund our troops in combat, the military has been forced to shift funds between services and constrain spending in certain areas in order to fully fund America's soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Specifically, the Defense Department has taken action to divert $1.6 billion from the Air Force and Navy and redirect it to the Army. While this funding shift will temporarily keep the Army troops supplied in combat, it is not a long-term solution. Unfortunately, this short-term fix will come at the cost of our non-deployed military units and their families. It's time for Congress to quit playing politics and pass a clean war-funding bill that gives our troops the resources they need, without tying their hands with timetables and arbitrary withdrawal dates.

Bush calls for action in Darfur

On Wednesday, President Bush visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. During his visit, Bush addressed the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan, calling it a genocide and comparing it to the atrocities carried out by Nazi Germany. He also threatened increased sanctions against the Sudanese government if President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir doesn't quickly act on his promise to allow U.N. peacekeepers into Darfur. This could include action from the U.N. Security Council, as well as sanctions against Sudan's commercial interests within the U.S. I welcome the President's leadership on this issue. As the leading advocate for freedom and justice around the world, the U.S. must be a leader in the effort to stop the horrible injustice taking place in Darfur.

Clinton accepts max donation from Hugh Hefner

Despite press reports suggesting heavy-handed fundraising tactics used by her campaign, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) impressed observers across the political spectrum this month when she announced her gaudy fundraising figures for the first quarter of 2007: $26 million raised in just three months. The number is almost as much as the total amount raised by all of the Democratic nominees combined during the same period four years ago. This week, she raised eyebrows again when the names of some of her top individual donors were reported. Among those giving the maximum amount allowed by law during the primary are Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner, and talk show host Jerry Springer. Also supporting Clinton's bid were Barbara Streisand and Rosie O'Donnell.

Local Marine reaches highest enlisted rank

A native of Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District recently achieved the U.S. Marine Corps' highest enlisted rank. Donnie G. Boyle, of Elizabethtown, was promoted from First Sergeant to Sergeant Major during a ceremony held last weekend. He has served in the Marines for nearly 28 years, including a recent tour of duty in Iraq, where his son was also serving at the time. He recently told the Lancaster New Era, "There's nothing I don't like about [being a Marine]. They're good quality people. Honor, duty, country - I like what the Marine Corps stands for." I congratulate Sergeant Major Boyle on his promotion, and I thank him for his decades of service to our country. He and his fellow Marines have a long and proud tradition of sacrificing personal comfort and well-being in the defense of our nation, and America would not be as free and prosperous as it is without them.

Quote of the Week

"Today's decision affirms that the Constitution does not stand in the way of the people's representatives enacting laws reflecting the compassion and humanity of America."

- President George W. Bush, reacting to Wednesday's Supreme Court decision upholding a ban on partial-birth abortion.

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