Mar 29 2007

FY 07 Supplemental Appropriations Bill Sets a Deadline for Defeat

U. S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today voted against the fiscal year 2007 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill.  The Senate approved this legislation by a vote of 51 to 47 and will now go to a conference committee with the House of Representatives for consideration.

Senator Shelby’s Comments are below:

“I am disappointed that the Senate voted to set an arbitrary timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. armed forces from Iraq.  I believe this legislation ties the hands of our commanders by linking critical funding to a timetable for withdrawal and sends a detrimental and contradictory message to our troop.  The Senate, within this Supplemental spending bill, has named the date for defeat in Iraq.”

“We need to give our troops both the time and resources to succeed.  Four month is clearly not enough time for us to see if a surge in troop numbers will turn the war.  It is unwise to abruptly withdrawal from Iraq – this will only embolden the enemy.  Micromanaging the war from the halls of Congress is not the right thing to do.  We must give our armed forces the opportunity to win.”