ALEXANDER STATEMENT ON VOTES TO FUND ONGOING U.S. MILITARY OPERATIONS IN IRAQ

Posted on November 16, 2007

“When our soldiers are in the field, we shouldn’t attach strings to the funds that will buy them better armor and vehicles,” Alexander said. “We should just buy them what they need. I continue to be disappointed that the Senate leadership will not permit an up-or-down vote on the Salazar-Alexander legislation to implement the recommendations of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group.” Alexander voted in favor of invoking cloture, or cutting off debate, on S. 2340, which would have provided $70 billion for ongoing military operations in Iraq. The Senate failed to invoke cloture, which requires 60 votes, on a vote of 45 to 53. Alexander voted against invoking cloture on H.R. 4156, a bill that placed several impractical conditions upon continued funding of military operations in Iraq. The Senate also failed to invoke cloture on this bill by a vote of 53 to 45. # # #