Feingold statement against defense appropriations bill

Prior to a final vote on the Defense Appropriations Bill (H.R. 3326), Sen. Russ Feingold issued a statement in opposition to the bill:

“I strongly oppose this fiscally irresponsible and misguided bill. While the bill includes many good provisions, it will also fund a massive troop surge in Afghanistan that will over-burden our troops and will likely hurt, not help, our efforts to eliminate the global threat posed by al Qaeda and its affiliates. And it is stuffed with earmarks and wasteful spending, such as $2.5 billion for 10 C-17s that the Defense Department does not want and $130 million for a presidential helicopter program that has been cancelled. The Senate should scrap this bill and replace it with one that enhances our fiscal and national security.”

In keeping with his statement in opposition to the pork-laden appropriations bill, Sen. Feingold was one of ten Senators to vote against the bill, joining nine Republicans who opposed the bill.


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