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Rep. Waters Says Providing Additional Iraq War Funding in Time of Crisis is “Shameful”

July 30, 2009
Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35), Chairwoman and co-founder of the Out of Iraq Congressional Caucus, issued the following remarks in advance of House consideration of the Defense Authorization for FY 2009, which authorizes nearly $70 billion in emergency war funding:

The Defense Authorization for FY 2009 to be voted on today under suspension of the rules is unacceptable.  This package will give President Bush an additional $70 billion to continue the war in Iraq as he sees fit.  We cannot give another blank check for the President's war that the taxpayers just can't cash.

The timing for this additional funding could not be worse.  American taxpayers are facing a $700 billion bailout package to stem the crisis in the financial markets which has threatened to wipe out their savings, their homes and their jobs.  In May, Congress granted President Bush's request for $170 billion in war funding that was supposed to last well into next year.  And last month, the Government Accountability Office reported that Iraq will generate an estimated $86 billion revenue surplus this year, primarily driven by the high price of oil being paid by Americans and others.