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Congressman Barrett Votes in Favor of Military Troops

June 20, 2008

Congressman Barrett Votes in Favor of Military Troops

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After months of delay, H.R. 2642, the Iraq/Afghanistan Supplemental Appropriations Bill was brought to the House floor for a vote this evening. The bill provides $165.4 billion for the Department of Defense and was passed by the Senate in May of this year. This should cover costs through the summer of 2009.
Congressman Gresham Barrett, a former Captain in the Army and strong supporter of military troops and veterans, made the following comments in regards to his support of the legislation; “This past February, I was fortunate to visit our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and observe their tremendous progress. In my conversations with our military personnel on the ground, it was clear to me that continued success would not be possible without future funding. Our troops deserve the knowledge that their elected representatives and their country support their mission and are willing to see it through to the end – victory.”
Barrett was pleased that the legislation did not include a timetable for withdrawal or language limiting the ability of the Commander-in-Chief and military generals to make decisions. “Congress should not be micro managing this war from DC or tying the hands our generals. We need to ensure our military has the tools and resources they need to successfully complete their mission so we can bring them home with the honor and respect they deserve, and leave the battle decisions to the military generals and war-fighters on the ground.”
Congressman Barrett is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, the Victory in Iraq Caucus, and is an original co-sponsor of the Iraq Victory Resolution.
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