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Democrats Leave Town Without Passing Needed Funding for Our Troops

June 5, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 5, 2009

CONTACT: Ryan Murphy

(202) 225-2452 (Office)

(202) 689-4825 (Cell)

WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) issued the following statement today after House Democrats left town early in order to avoid bringing a critical troop funding bill to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote. Democrats have insisted on including a $108 billion loan to the International Monetary Fund in the War Supplemental and refused to bring a clean bill to the floor. Faced with a lack of support from House Republicans and some Democrats, the majority leadership chose to adjourn early.

“Our troops and the national security they provide should be a priority not a vehicle to push through billions in unrelated taxpayer dollars for a global bailout. It is absurd that the House of Representatives was unable to consider this vital troop funding bill this week when it includes much needed support and resources for our men and women in harm’s way. The bill had strong bipartisan support before some chose to tack on billions in unrelated spending. Democrats should stop standing in the way of funding for our military and work with Republicans to bring this bill to the Floor and get it passed.”

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