Inouye Speaks Out Against War Supplemental
Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye spoke out Tuesday against inserting new war supplemental funding in the $625.8B defense appropriations bill currently awaiting presidential signature. In its current form, the bill contains $128.2B in war funding, but recent reports have indicated that the Pentagon may be preparing to issue an additional request pending whatever new strategy President Obama chooses to pursue in Afghanistan. The request is said to be in the neighborhood of $30-40B. Despite these reports, the President has pledged to abandon the use of such “emergency” war supplemental bills, a practice that was frequently utilized by former President Bush.