June 30th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement against a House Democrat proposal to attach $10 billion state education funding to the pending war supplemental:
"The $33 billion war supplemental to fund ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the surge in Afghanistan, is still being held up by House Democrats who want to attach $10 billion for bankrupt states like New York and California that refuse to cut their unsustainable budgets.
"This is simply unacceptable to our fighting men and women. Critical resources are being held back, and Defense Secretary Bob Gates warns that if the supplemental is not passed by July 4th, the Defense Department may be forced to begin furloughing civilians and being unable to pay active-duty military. General Petraeus has called the supplemental 'essential for the conduct of this mission.'
"And yet the war funding is being held hostage to public sector union politics who want another bailout. Enough is enough.
"Congress has a constitutional responsibility to give our troops everything they need to win on the field of battle, and absolutely no role in balancing state budgets and handing out tens of billions of dollars to public employee unions. Now is the time to stop playing politics with our troops in harm's way and pass a clean war supplemental."
Troops' Funding Held Hostage by Public Sector Union Politics, by ALG President Bill Wilson, June 28th, 2010.
"Driving Right Off the Cliff," by ALG President Bill Wilson, June 16th, 2010.