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Pelosi Stalls On War Bill ConfereesElsewhere (link subscription-only):
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday delayed appointing lawmakers to finish a war-funding bill, putting off the emergency legislation for the second day since returning from the House's two-week spring break.
Both bills contain about $20 billion in nonmilitary spending, including pork-barrel projects that lured support from some skeptical lawmakers, bringing the Senate bill to $123 billion and the House version to $124 billion.
Murtha Blasts Pentagon For Trying To Pressure Congress Regarding SupplementalThough "dire straits" may indeed be some weeks away, the impact is already being felt. Defense Secretary Robert Gates outlined the Pentagon's plans for dealing with budget shortfalls last month.
According to the April 16 memo from the Army secretary to members of Congress, the Pentagon plans to ask Congress for the approval to reprogram $1.6 billion from Navy and Air Force personnel accounts to pay for Army operating expenses and outlines the potential consequences of a failure to pass the supplemental.
...John Murtha (D-Pa.) said the public nature of the Pentagon's unapproved reprogramming request "gets under my nerves" and argued the statement was sent to pressure Congress.
"It's just irritating," Murtha said, adding that the subcommittee has responded to the needs of the military in the past. He added that the Army is not going to be in "dire straits" until June.
I think we need to start a boycott of the products the pork is supposed to cover. Heck why don't we boycott Starkist in honor of Ms. Pelosi. I've had it with these idiots. You can hate George Bush, but you are sticking it to our troops. How can they do this. My heart breaks for them.Posted by Lori at April 18, 2007 03:57 PM
MNSTC-I is already out of money. Look up the FY07sup request and you will find request to equip and train 33,000 IA support troops.
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Feb07: Data from FY2007 suplemental. IA Force enhancements to incl 33,000 more pers for Log, Sust, Maint & Sup elements (Engr, EOD, MI, MP); Weapons including ARs, MGs, NVD, Howi, Mort, Airlift, AAslt, UAVs & OPV; Requirement to form a SOF Util Helo Sq for I SOF & a turboprob trainer (T6 like) with COIN cap.