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April 8, 2011

Fund the Military, Mr. President

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(Mr. POE of Texas asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, today we are engaged in a debate about out-of-control government spending, but there should never be an issue about fully funding our military. They should never worry that Congress will not provide them the resources to defend this Nation.

So this House just passed a CR that fully funds the military and also cuts $12 billion, but the White House has issued a veto threat with no explanation. Why? Does the Commander in Chief intend to command a military with no money? Doesn't he know we are engaged in three wars?

I just received an e-mail from one of our troops. He asks, ``How would the

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citizens of America feel if we, the military, did not defend our Nation one day because we went on strike?--but we won't go on strike. We will live in tents, eat MREs, and hope our families can survive without pay, food and shelter.''

The House has voted to support the military. The Senate needs to pass this bill. The President needs to sign up to support our troops.

Are you in, Mr. President?

And that's just the way it is.

(House of Representatives - April 7, 2011)

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