Campaign 2010

Jun 25, 2009

Congressman Terry Votes Against Offutt Families

 

As the President signed the FY 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Bill yesterday we were reminded that despite bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, Congressman Lee Terry voted against funding for our nations troops fighting overseas and military families at Offutt Air Force Base and across Nebraska. 

 

"Despite previous claims of support for our servicemembers and their families, we now learn that Congressman Lee Terry's commitment ends where partisan loyalty begins," said Gabby Adler, the Midwestern Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "With the countless military families in the Omaha Metro area and living on Offutt Air Force Base, it is unimaginable that Congressman Terry in good conscience could put politics above these families and vote against much needed services for the families and children of our nation's dedicated servicemembers."

 

Included in the Supplemental Appropriations Bill was over $708 million for family advocacy programs, which provide military families with access to child psychologists, child care, financial counseling and other support.  This investment is intended to help cope with the disruption and stress common for military families.

 

Also included in the legislation was funding to allow for the transfer of GI Bill education benefits to children of members of the armed forces who die while on active duty.

 

BACKGROUND

 

  • Representative Lee Terry voted against the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009 [H.R. 2346], which included critical funding for our nation's troops fighting overseas and military families at Offutt Air Force Base and across Nebraska. [H.R. 2346, #348, 6/16/09]

 

  • Representative Lee Terry (NE-02): "Today Congressman Lee Terry (R-NE) continued his strong stand in support our troops by voting for the war funding amendment to the War Supplemental Bill. This amendment provides $162.5 billion for military activity in Iraq and Afghanistan through summer, 2009.

"Every single day our troops put their life on the line for our freedom. We owe them a lifetime of gratitude. We must give our military every resource it needs. Terrorists have declared war not just on the United States, but on anyone who does not share their radical religious doctrine. This money will be wisely used to fight the war on terror. When our mission is complete we can then begin the process of a gradual withdrawal of our troops from Iraq,' said Congressman Terry." [Terry Release, 5/15/08]

 

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