The following was an email I received from Senator John Kerry where he share his feelings about the Iraq funding bill. You can click on the blog Daily Kos link to get the entire message.
The compromise supplemental will probably be presented to the Senate later today, but I wanted to drop a quick note to let all of you know my thoughts on it. I’m voting against it. I explain my feelings in a post I put up on the blog Daily Kos.
You can read it here.
Here are the first couple of paragraphs:
Let’s be really clear about the Iraq vote coming down the pike in Congress this week.
I’m voting no on this bill. I’m tired of the false choices of Republicans and all the recycled spin of old battles and the political calculations that do nothing for our troops who bear the real costs of this war. Bottom line: we support the troops by getting the policy right, and this bill doesn’t do that. I’ve said it again and again and I’m not about to stop: we need a deadline to force Iraqis to stand up for Iraq and bring our heroes home, not watered down benchmarks and blank check waivers for this President. We support the troops by funding the right mission, not with a White House that opposes a pay raise for our brave men and women in uniform. Do we need to bring out the hand puppets and make the case again?
Thanks for all of your help so far in this fight. I’m disappointed in the compromise bill, but I’m more convinced than ever that we’ll win this fight.
Senator John Kerry (D-MA)
John Kerry for Senate,
129 Portland St., Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114-2014, U.S.A.