Pelosi on Surprise Iraq Funding Request

Washington, D.C. — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the Bush Administration’s $25 billion Supplemental Appropriations request for the war in Iraq:

“By requesting just $25 billion in additional money for our troops in Iraq – when we know that at least twice that amount will be needed – the Bush Administration is once again keeping the true cost of the war from the American people.

“For weeks, despite the increased fighting in Iraq and the continued loss of our brave soldiers, the President and the Secretary of Defense have maintained that an additional funding request could not be submitted before the November election because it was impossible to know the right amount.

“We need to know how the Administration all of a sudden decided that it needed $25 billion since many experts – including the House Budget Committee – have concluded that at least $50 billion in additional funding will be necessary to provide our troops with the equipment and support they need to accomplish their mission.

“We must give the troops what they need to be successful under increasingly risky conditions. And the President must tell the hard truth to the American people about how much longer our troops will remain in Iraq and how much more it will cost.”