I really didn't think it was possible, but the Democrats are finally begging to become actual accomplices to murder of the fighting men and women of the USA. Want to know why "The Emergency Supplemental Bill" was vetoed? Have a gander at a part of Senator Jim Bunning's Floor Speech on this bill.
""Mixed in with the defense spending is a complicated list of earmarks, legislative language, and program expansions. Let me walk you through parts of the bill.
The hurricanes of 2005 were truly devastating and I have supported the government's rebuilding effort in the region. But the bill before us today includes $1.45 billion in unrequested and unnecessary funding for the Corps of Engineers. It also eliminates a 10 percent local matching requirement for FEMA funds and eliminates the prohibition on forgiving community disaster loans.
These are two provisions Congress has supported in the past to ensure responsible spending. These provisions are not only inappropriate for a wartime supplemental, but also bad policy.
Another area of extra spending relates to agriculture. I have been a strong supporter of American farms, but the programs in this bill are routinely funded through the regular process. I can not justify supporting $3 million for a Hawaiian sugar cane co-op or $20 million for insect damage in Nevada on a wartime supplemental bill. This bill is about our troops, not our farmers.
There are even more glaring examples in this bill. There is $3.5 million for the Capitol Guide Service to provide services in tourists in this building. It adds $100 million for dairy production losses. $13 million for a lamb replacement and retention program. $40 million for the tree assistance program. $6 million for flooded crop land in North Dakota. $25 million for asbestos abatement at the Capitol power plant. $23 million for geothermal energy research.
The list goes on and on. I can not support requests like these on the backs of our fighting men and women. will support every effort to strip all the non-defense funding out of this bill. It is time to show fiscal restraint and use emergency wartime spending legislation for precisely that purpose â€“ to pay for the war.
Finally, I want to address the single most important issue in this supplemental: the shortsighted and political call for troop withdrawal.
This bill includes similar language which was rejected by the Senate two weeks ago. It calls for the withdrawal of troops starting 120 days after passage of the bill and sets an arbitrary goal of full withdrawal from Iraq by March 31, 2008."
This was originally written as a comment by me on an article written by David Anderson entitled "A Response To The President's Veto," but I wanted to be sure as many people as possible know the truth as to why the bill was vetoed.
According to this speech, theÂ arbitrary date is for full withdrawal, but the date of mandatory withdrawal, and it doesn't state how many, is just 4 months from now. This bill is so filled with useless pork that theÂ Democrats should be worried about hog conservation next. Looks like theyÂ have managed to weasel in their usual big spending plans at the cost of taxpayers, but more loathingly, at the expense of troops that need the funding to save their lives! How despicable and low can they get or have they finally reached bottom?