Congressman Franks One of Only 27 Member to Vote Against the Continuing Appropriations Bill

Dec 13, 2007 Issues: The Federal Budget, Veterans

December 13, 2007 - Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) gave the following statement today following a vote on H.J.Res 69, Making Further Continuing Appropriations for the Fiscal Year 2008 (CR).  This new CR, like the one that expires tomorrow, contains no funding for our troops and their families.

Franks stated, “While I have rarely if ever voted against something as usually innocuous as a Continuing Resolution, I felt that under the circumstances, to vote for the one put forth by the Democrats today would be nothing less that a disservice to our troops.  It is unconscionable for us to pay ourselves and government bureaucrats while refusing to appropriate the funding necessary to sustain our noble soldiers fighting to keep us all free.

“The political posturing of the Democrats on the issue of funding our troops is having very real and tangible effects on the battlefield.  Already, the Army is having to evaluate its operations and maintenance funding, which means furloughs for contractors and the civilian work force could begin as early as February.  Our noble soldiers continue to make deeply felt sacrifices for the sake of human freedom, and will continue to do so as Congress adjourns to enjoy the holidays with our families.  The absolute least we can do is provide them with the necessary resources and funding for their protection, and enable them to faithfully carry out their missions.”

On Nov. 28, the Army announced that it would consider furloughing civilian employees in February, as well as make further cuts in family programs, if Congress does not pass a military spending bill.

Please contact Bethany Barker if you with to reach Congressman Franks for further comment.

Congressman Franks is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives, and is a member of the Committee on Armed Services, Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Readiness Subcommittee, Committee on the Judiciary, and is Ranking Member on the Constitution Subcommittee.

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