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Washington D.C. - Today, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Republicans on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee voiced strong support for legislation introduced by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) to ensure the Congress does not cut off or restrict funding for America’s warfighters deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
“Our troops, who are currently in harm's way, want, need, and deserve our support. As a former fighter pilot who served in two wars, I know that the full support of the nation is critical for troop morale and mission success,” said Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX).
The following statements were provided by Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee:
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
Ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Committee
“I stand beside Sam Johnson in his efforts to block any reprehensible attempts to cut off or block reinforcements from being sent to our forces in Iraq.”
Rep. Terry Everett (R-AL)
"I can think of nothing more demoralizing to our brave men and women in uniform than for Congress to limit funding to our troops while claiming to be supporting their mission. You cannot have it both ways. American soldiers and Marines on the front lines of the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan are making every sacrifice to keep us all safe at home. We owe them our assurance that they will have what they need to win this critical war."
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)
“While we may disagree about the best way to proceed in Iraq, our troops’ safety should not be a topic for debate. President Bush has committed our forces, and it is the responsibility of Congress to ensure these men and women receive the best resources possible for fulfilling their mission. As the father of four sons in the military, I appreciate Congressman Johnson’s efforts to protect our soldiers.”
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA)
“Adequate funding for our troops is critical to victory in Iraq, and withholding these funds is just a sheepish way of giving up in the last round of the fight. We have to cut through the politics of this issue, because our resolve in Iraq isn’t a matter of President Bush’s popularity or legacy. It’s a matter of national security and stability in the Middle East.”
Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)
“If we allow terrorists to take over Iraq, we are subjecting Americans and the entire human family to inexpressible danger. Democrats in Congress seem to be in denial of this fact, and for them to threaten to cut the funding for our warriors in the field, in this critical time of war, is unconscionable.”
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX)
“Now is the time to put aside partisanship and come together in support of our men and women in uniform. Regardless of whether you supported the initial reasons for engaging in military action in Iraq, the fact of the matter is that we are there and we should not punish the men and women of the armed forces by engaging in partisan tactics to restrict funding of the war. Our mission in Iraq is challenging; but winning the war is more critical than ever, and will require the unwavering efforts of a unified country.”
Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY)
“As Congress considers proposals on a way forward in Iraq, there are many ideas that are worthy of discussion and debate. We must ensure success in Iraq. Stability in the Middle East is critical to our national security. I understand some of my Democrat colleagues’ concerns about the direction of the war, however I believe efforts to cut off funding are counterproductive. We should be evaluating and debating plans to succeed in Iraq. Cutting off funding is a plan for failure.”