on Passage of Iraq Supplemental
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement opposing the Iraq Supplemental conference report, which
passed late tonight by a vote of 298 to 121.
of Congress we recognize that we have no greater responsibility
than that charged to us in the Preamble of the Constitution -- to
'provide for the common defense.' We all take that responsibility
seriously. Of course, both sides of aisle will do whatever is necessary
to support the troops.
conference report gives another $87 billion to an Administration
that has not answered questions about its failed post war Iraq policy.
The $63 billion for Iraq we already approved has not been adequately
accounted for. And it is clear that this $87 billion is merely an
installment. The Administration has already said it will ask for
ago, Democrats tried to offer a substitute that did more for our
troops and was fiscally responsible. But Democrats were not allowed
to offer it. Last week, a bipartisan majority of the House and Senate
sent a clear message that the bill should include a loan provision
to lower the cost of reconstruction to American taxpayers. But last
night, conferees chose to ignore the will of the people and both
Houses of Congress by stripping the loan provision from the conference
report, turning a deaf ear to what the American people want.
tonight, we are asked to vote on a conference report that hands
the President another blank check for post war Iraq. As long as
the Republicans in Congress keep writing the President blank checks,
the American people lose."