Friday, March 23, 2007

Knollenberg's Vote Today Hurts Our Troops

In addition to assuring funding sufficient for the Pentagon to properly equip the troops, the supplemental spending bill that passed the House today (also known as the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health and Iraq Accountability Act" also supported the troops in other ways as well.

The Act would hold the Bush Administration and Iraqi government accountable and would get our troops out of the way of the current civil war by engaging in a strategic redeployment by 2008.

In addition, the bill expanded funding for veterans’ health care and hospitals.

The bill also funded efforts to refocus military efforts on Afghanistan and fighting terrorism.

The only thing the opponents could come up with was that the bill was "micromanaging" the war. But that is disingenuous. There are legislative off-ramps that would allow the President to waive any provisions that were too restrictive. There was no excuse not to support this bill.

Joe Knollenberg voted NO on all of these things.

But I think the part that is still most disturbing is that Knollenberg refuses to vote for legislation that would mandate that the troops have proper body armor.

Again, this 30 second video illustrates the consequences of Knollenberg's stubborn refusal to give our troops the proper body armor:

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