Troop funding bloated

Published 4:14 pm Sunday, May 11, 2008

By Staff
Once again, the Democratic majority in Congress has chosen to force our troops to wait for the funding they need to continue their efforts in the Global War on Terror.
At the same time, the majority party's leadership is using this bill, which is intended to provide funding for our troops, as a means to appropriate billions of tax dollars in unrelated and unauthorized spending.
Perhaps the most egregious example of abuse of power during my tenure in Congress is the Democratic majority choosing to craft this supplemental spending bill - an estimated $245 billion bill - behind closed doors, out of the public view, and without the participation of a large majority of elected Members of Congress.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have chosen to bypass the normal and democratic processes enumerated by our founding fathers.
Instead, this bill, which will authorize upwards of $245 billion in taxpayer money, will bypass the committee process altogether. Debate on the House floor will be limited, effectively shutting out all but a handful of legislators from having any say in what the final bill looks like.
In order to increase its chances of passage, Democrats are stuffing the bill with billions of tax dollars in unrelated spending.
News reports indicate the bill will include: