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Miller: Playing Politics With An Unprecedented Level of Non-Defense Spending


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Congresswoman Candice Miller (MI-10) today made the following statement regarding the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010 (H.R.4899):

"The first and foremost duty of the federal government is to provide for our national defense. Part of that duty is for Congress to provide the needed funding our nation needs to support our troops in harms way protecting our freedom, to strengthen our borders and assist with national emergencies, such as the BP Oil Spill clean-up. Today, the House of Representatives made a mockery out of that duty by including in the War Supplemental Spending bill projects that do not meet the critical funding criteria. And to make matters worse these projects will also needlessly add tens of billions of dollars to our out-of-control national budget deficit. Enough is enough. Members of Congress must realize that it is simply wrong to stuff vital pieces of legislation full of sending projects that don't qualify as emergency spending, aren't paid-for and will force more debt on our children and grandchildren. The spending the Democrat Majority added to this bill today is so bad and so out of step with what we should be doing, supporting our troops in the field, that President Obama has said he will veto the legislation if it reaches his desk.

"I support the spending that strengthens our borders, that supplies our troops with the funding they need to carry on their missions and for the funding that will assist the Gulf Coast clean up. Republicans in Congress, including myself, committed to President Obama that we would support a clean funding bill that met the needs of our troops and supported Americans touched by tragic events. It is a shame that despite the pleas of President Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and General David Petraeus to supply much needed funding before the Fourth of July to support our troops engaged in the fight against our nation's enemies -- the Democratic leadership has decided to play the worst sort of politics. I will gladly commit to sustain the President's veto of this terrible piece of legislation if it reaches his desk."

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