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Rep. Chu's Statement on Today's War Supplemental Vote

July 27, 2010
Press Release

Rep. Judy Chu today issued the following statement in response to today's 308 – 114 vote in the House of Representatives to pass the Senate’s Amendment to H.R. 4899 – The 2010 Supplemental Appropriations Act 2010.  Today's legislation cut $10 billion in funding to prevent teacher layoffs, $1 billion for summer youth employment, $5 billion for Pell grants and $701 million for border security, all of which were offset and budget-neutral, from the previous version of the appropriation bill.  It  provides $37.12 billion in war funding that has not been paid for and will increase the national debt.

"Today I voted against extending and expanding the Afghan War because I'm tired of seeing investments in American jobs, education and security become the victims of friendly-fire," said Chu. "The vote to finance this war on the backs of future generations, while cutting programs to increase those same generations' earning power and educational attainment is a tragic one. Removing almost $17 billion in paid-for, budget-neutral investments in teachers, students and border security, while pushing through over $37 billion in war spending that only adds to the debt without making us more secure is a mistake. If we continue down this path, this war's biggest casualty will be our children’s futures."

Representative Judy Chu is a member of the Out of Afghanistan Caucus, which supports a quick and responsible end to military operations in Afghanistan.  Chu was elected in July 2009 to the U.S. House of Representatives as the Representative of California's 32nd District, which includes East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. She immediately got to work representing the interests of her constituents, voting on several environmental bills and working through the night on her first day in office during a marathon debate on the health care reform bill. She is a member of the House Judiciary, Government Oversight and Education and Labor Committees.