Democratic Failure to Fund Troops Forces Army Cutbacks
Democrats are already forcing cutbacks to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
President George W. Bush, joined by military family members, addresses his remarks on the Iraq War supplemental spending bill in the East Room at the White House, Monday, April 16, 2007. President Bush urged Congress to pass an emergency war spending bill, without strings and without further delay. (White House photo by Joyce Boghosian)
The US army is already forced to cut back on repairs on equipment due to the democrat’s refusal to fund the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan!
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army will defer spending and slow repair work on any equipment not needed for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan due to Congress’ failure to approve $100 billion in extra war funding, the largest branch of the armed forces said on Monday.
The Pentagon also will ask Congress to allow the Defense Department to use $1.6 billion in funds meant for the Navy and Air Force to pay the Army’s operating expenses, the Army said.
If funds are not approved by May, further spending restrictions will be made. That, the Army warned, could hurt its ability to take on a new fight.
“The Army estimates that even with these spending restrictions and a temporary reprogramming of $1.6 billion, funds are sufficient to keep operations running only until the end of June,” the Army said in a prepared statement Monday.
“These actions carry consequential effects, including substantial disruption to installation functions, decreasing efficiency and potentially further degrading the readiness of non-deployed units,” the Army said.
President Bush earlier today joined with members of Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission to urge the democratic Congress to get the funds to US troops serving in harm’s way.
Jules Crittenden notes how long it took to mention the salient detail that these are the mothers, fathers, brothers, sister, sons and daughters of American soldiers killed in Iraq with Bush.