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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Conference Report on H.R. 5631, Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2007

August 6, 2009
Floor Statement
Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA]: Mr. Speaker, I rise to oppose the conference report for the Fiscal Year 2007 Defense Appropriations Act.

Among other things, this bill contains $50 billion for the war in Iraq, pushing the total amount U.S. taxpayers have paid for the Iraq war and the war in Afghanistan to more than $500 billion. The vast majority of these costs are for the Iraq war.

This conference report throws billions of dollars into the sands of Iraq, while at the same time this Administration and the Republican Congress call for drastic cuts to dozens of vital domestic programs.

This is immoral and wrong. We should be investing in schools and health care for all Americans. Certainly, we should fully fund the Department of Veterans Affairs, which the Republican-controlled Congress has under-funded by $9 billion over the past 6 years.

In 2002, in the lead-up to the war, the Administration assured the Congress and the American people that this war would be affordable.

How wrong they were! Not only is the Iraq war devastating the lives of thousands of U.S. service members and Iraqis, it is devastating our Nation's finances. The Administration must develop a plan to not only pay for this misguided endeavor but also to bring our troops home.