Theodore's World: War Supplemental Funding Conference Report

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June 24, 2009

War Supplemental Funding Conference Report

Democrats Can't Pass War Supplemental

According to House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Chairman John Murtha (D-Pa.), Democrats do not have the votes to pass the War Supplemental bill to fund the troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Democrats have relied on Republican votes to pass previous supplementals because their liberal membership routinely refuses to fund the ongoing conflict. But Republican support was lost when House and Senate Democrats stripped the Graham-Lieberman provision from the bill. Graham-Lieberman would have banned release of Defense Department photos showing alleged abuse of terrorist detainees. Those photos are sought by the ACLU in a current lawsuit.

Republicans also oppose the International Monetary Fund donation of up to $108 billion that is attached to the war supplemental as an extraneous amendment.

“We don’t have the votes for it yet,” Murtha said. Of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Murtha said, “Nancy’s working it. It’s going to be a very close vote.”

American taxpayers would have to borrow the money from foreign governments, like China, to lend to the IMF to lend to other foreign governments. Republicans would not sign on. That left Democrats with egg on their face, either having to pull the IMF funding or find a way to get their far left fringe to vote to support the troops, which is always difficult. The answer Pelosi seems to have come up with is to pack the supplemental with fringe elements, like stripping the ban on the detainee photo release, to attract the hard-left votes.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spoke to the conference and tried to push through the adoption of a Senate amendment which would have barred the release of the detainee photos for several years. The amendment was defeated on a straight party line vote 17-13.

President Obama, who is in favor of the American taxpayer footing the bill for the foreign government bailouts through the IMF, sent a letter (pdf) to the Democrat conferees opposing the passage of the McConnell amendment.

Obama’s letter couldn’t have been more troubling.

“On May 13, I announced I would resist the release of additional detainee photos because I did not believe it would add any additional benefit to our understanding of what happened in the past, and that the most direct consequence of releasing them would be to further inflame anti-American opinion and to put our troops in greater danger,” Obama said in the letter. “Earlier today, the Second Circuit granted the Government's motion that will stay the earlier court order to release the detainee photos, and we will now move forward with a petition to the Supreme Court to appeal the case.”

Obama knows that he could -- by the stroke of his pen -- classify the photos and put them out of reach of the ACLU and al-Queda -- which is akin to what the Graham-Lieberman amendment did before it was stripped out and what Sen. McConnell attempted to do by amendment in conference.

During the conference committee, Democrats also created an enormous loophole for the Obama administration, inserting watered-down language that would allow Gitmo prisoners to be brought into the U.S. for trial within 45 days of the Obama administration submitting requested certifications to Congress.

Ahead of any completed actions by Congress, Obama already transferred Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, to New York last week to be tried for his role in the August 1998 of the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.

The mangled War Supplemental Conference Report is scheduled to make its way to the floor of the House this week for final passage.

Pence Talks Energy Plans in GOP Weekly Radio Address

House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence on Saturday talked energy on the weekly Republican radio address, excoriating the Democrat plans as a disastrous move toward higher energy prices and job losses. In the weekly address, Pence reminded listeners that it was the President who first admitted cap and trade would be prohibitively expensive for American families.

“President Obama even admitted that under his energy plan utility rates would ‘necessarily skyrocket,’” Pence said. “If the Democrats’ cap and trade bill were to become law, estimates suggest that the average American family would face up to $4,300 a year in extra energy costs and anywhere between 1.8 and 7 million American jobs could be lost. That’s a heavy price to pay for a plan that will do very little to clean up our environment, since manufacturers will probably ship their plants, and their pollution, to countries with less stringent environmental safeguards. This national energy tax amounts to an economic declaration of war on America’s families, small businesses and family farms. The American people know we can do better.”

Republicans released their own plan that would rely heavily on clean nuclear energy for electricity and expanding domestic drilling to achieve energy independence.

“This past week, House Republicans introduced the American Energy Act,” Pence said. “It’s an ‘all of the above’ energy plan that offers energy independence, more jobs and a cleaner environment, without imposing a national energy tax.”

The American Energy Act would also create a trust from royalties on new drilling leases that would fund the research into renewable energy sources for the future.

This is one of the good guys, Mike Pence. When Rush Limbaugh first said how he wanted Obama to fail, his agenda, his socialist policies etc. Mike Pence agreed with Rush when he was asked. He did not kiss up to the left about it or answer in a weak way at all. He was firm and direct in his answer.

Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) interviewed by Rick Sanchez on CNN, March 3, 2009

Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), who is the third-highest member of the House GOP in his role as conference chairman, appeared yesterday on CNN and quite loudly agreed with Rush Limbaugh -- he wants President Obama to fail:

Rick Sanchez: Do you want Barack Obama to fail?

Pence: Oh, come on, Rick. Nice try. I know what Rush Limbaugh meant. I actually listened to him about a month ago when he made this point on the air. I heard much of his speech on Saturday.

Look, everybody wants America to succeed. But everyone like me, like Rush Limbaugh and others who believes in limited government, who believes in conservative values, wants the policies that this administration is bringing forward -- higher taxes, a massive increase in government spending, a huge increase in the role of government in our daily lives, a departure from traditional values -- you bet, we want those policies to fail.

Because, Rick, we know big government, increases in debt, the micromanagement of the economy out of Washington, D.C. is a policy that will fail. It has failed throughout the last century, across the globe...

Wild Thing's comment.........

More Democrat chaos!

American taxpayers would have to borrow the money from foreign governments, like China, to lend to the IMF to lend to other foreign governments. Republicans would not sign on. That left Democrats with egg on their face, either having to pull the IMF funding or find a way to get their far left fringe to vote to support the troops, which is always difficult.

No surprise here, the left wants to be protected and feel safe, they just don't want to pay for equipment or anything else to do with our awesome military to help them with what they need. They prefer NOT to back our military at all.

Posted by Wild Thing at June 24, 2009 05:40 AM


Democrat double speak. A war funding bill that is loaded with pork and supplements that have nothing to do with war funding.

The IMF funding amendment is the US taxpayer being gored to buy international goodwill for obama by third world countries that don't like America. It will literally take generations to pay off all the debt that obama is generating for us.

Posted by: TomR at June 24, 2009 11:54 AM

We are acutely aware of what is going on, some in the GOP are too, but the rest are blindly selling out to the IMF and the UN hoping that our enemies will treat us with kindness. Uh, does Mogadishu or the events in Iran ring a bell about UN benevolence and paying off 'friends'.?

Posted by: Jack at June 24, 2009 03:03 PM

These bastards they will fund an illegitimate and corrupt organization like ACORN but not their own troops without releasing damaging information that could get troops killed in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Posted by: Mark at June 24, 2009 07:38 PM

Tom, yes they say it will be peoples
grandchildren paying for all of this.
But I bet too it is longer then that.

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 24, 2009 11:42 PM

Jack, we are not far off when all this
hits the fan. The UN will cheer to see
America broght down.

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 24, 2009 11:46 PM

Mark, grrrrr this makes me sick to my

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 24, 2009 11:50 PM