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Support the troops, sign the war funding bill

The White House issued a statement today, speaking on behalf of the President, in which it threatened to veto critical funding for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The $122 billion dollar bill was passed by both houses of Congress but the statement from the White House said ” The President is disappointed that the Senate continues down a path with a bill that he will veto and has no chance of becoming law”. The statement went on to say the Senate confirmed General Petraeus and now they (the Senate) “need to support him by providing our troops the funding they need”. Also, “As the President said, our men and women in uniform should not have to worry that politicians in Washington will deny them the funds and the flexibility they need to win.”

Now call me crazy here, but let me see if I clearly understand this. The House and Senate both PASSED the war funding bill to the tune of around $122 billion. But the statement from the President said he’s “disappointed that the Senate continues down a path with a bill that he will veto and has no chance of becoming law”. They (the Senate) “needs to provide our troops the funding they need” and “our men and women in uniform should not have to worry that politicians in Washington will deny them the funds and the flexibility they need to win.”

Here’s the link to the White House website and the statement I’m referring to.

So since both houses of Congress PASSED the war funding bill and the President intends to veto it, I ask this simple question. Exactly who in Washington is denying the troops the funds and the flexibility they need to win?

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March 27, 2007 - Posted by | Current Events, Iraq, Military & War, Politics

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