Opposition to $87 Billion Iraq Supplemental
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released the
following statement on the Supplemental budget request for Iraq,
which is scheduled for a vote on the House floor tomorrow:
as the House begins consideration of the Presidents $87 billion
Supplemental budget request for Iraq, I announce my intention to
vote against the Presidents request and reiterate my support
for the Democratic substitute.
take seriously our Constitutional responsibility to provide for
the common defense and to protect our troops. We know the United
States must succeed in restoring stability in Iraq.
President has failed to provide the tools our troops need to get
the job done and a plan to get them home safely and soon. To date,
there has been no accounting for the $63 billion that we appropriated
last spring, and no accountability for the failure to plan for post-war
Iraq. As a result, American soldiers are taking virtually all the
risks and the American taxpayers are paying virtually all the bills.
Supplemental budget request is an $87 billion bailout for his failed
policy. It is time for the Bush Administration to be held accountable
for its policy, which miscalculated the risk in post-war Iraq, misunderstood
the challenge, and misrepresented the facts. As retired Marine Corps
General Anthony Zinni has said, the level of sacrifice has not been
matched by the level of planning.
David Obey has proposed a Democratic substitute that does more to
support our troops and to encourage international participation
in stabilizing and rebuilding Iraq. It does so at less cost to American
Democrats stand united with our troops. We honor our men and women
in uniform for their courage, patriotism, and the sacrifice they
are willing to make. They are risking their lives and expect and
deserve our support."