Alexander Praises Senate Passage of Supplemental Appropriations Bill

Posted on June 15, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today voted for the conference report for the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Hurricane Recovery, which passed the Senate by a vote of 98 to 1. “This bill gets emergency funding to our troops and hurricane victims, while cutting $14.4 billion from the Senate bill that was unrelated to those pressing needs,” said Alexander, who voted against the Senate version of the bill. “It also includes $2.6 billion for border security, providing for 1,000 new Border Patrol Agents, 4,000 detention beds, and for National Guard personnel to be deployed as part of the border security initiative. Our troops and border patrol need these resources to succeed." In May, Alexander voted against the Senate version of the supplemental appropriations bill because it contained more than $14 billion above the President’s request.