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Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008

Location: Washington, DC

SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2008 -- (House of Representatives - May 15, 2008)


Mr. HALL of New York. Mr. Speaker, I would like to express my admiration and support for the brave men and women of our military who are nobly serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. In Afghanistan, they continue to perform an important mission by taking action against our enemies in the country that served as host to the Al Qaeda organization that attacked the United States of America on September 11th, 2001, and they do so with complete skill, courage, and professionalism. I am fully supportive of them and their mission. I have voted to provide funding solely for our military activities in Afghanistan, and would do so again if such a bill were to come before the House.

However, the funding measure in Amendment Number 1 brought before the House today included funding for the ongoing war in Iraq without accompanying conditions on those funds or a timeline for withdrawal of American forces. I remain opposed to the President's mistaken war in Iraq, which has now claimed over 4,000 American lives, undermined our military and ability to respond to other threats abroad, and cost hundreds of billions of dollars that could have been used to meet pressing needs at home. I believe that we must change course in Iraq, and cannot support the appropriation of additional funds without measures to impose conditions on that funding and start bringing our troops home. Accordingly, I could not vote for Amendment Number 1.


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