Posted on April 27, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) yesterday joined 34 of his Senate colleagues in a letter to President Bush supporting a potential presidential veto on the Supplemental Appropriations Act. “I am very concerned with the overall funding level of this bill,” said Alexander. “This is an emergency appropriation for the war on terror and hurricane relief. It is fiscally irresponsible to have such a large number of items attached to this bill that do not directly relate to those needs.” The letter to President Bush expressed the concerns of 35 members of the United States Senate about the overall amount of spending that exceeds the president’s requested amount for the supplemental appropriations bill. The senators who signed the letter have pledged to sustain President Bush’s veto if the final amount exceeds the amount he requested. The letter text is as follows: Dear Mr. President: We strongly support your leadership in providing support for the Global War on Terror, hurricane relief efforts, and other emergency needs. However, we also agree with you that we have a responsibility to the American people to control spending. Like you, we are seriously concerned with the overall funding level in the Senate- reported bill, and the numerous items that are unrelated to the Global War on Terror or emergency hurricane relief needs. Should the final bill presented to you exceed the total amount you requested, forcing you to veto the bill, we will vote to sustain your veto.