Larsen Votes to Override President’s Veto of Iraq Accountability Act</A

May 2, 2007


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted today to override the President’s veto of the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Health and Iraq Accountability Act. Larsen released the following statement:

“Last night, the President vetoed a new direction in Iraq. He rejected billions of dollars in funding for our troops in harm’s way.  And he said “no” to billions more for veterans health care.”

“Although Congress failed to override the President’s veto of the Iraq Accountability Act, the situation has not changed – Congress should not give a blank check to the President. The American people expect a new direction in Iraq.

“The patience of the American people is nearly exhausted due to the lack of Iraqi government action to aggressively address the issues at the root of the Iraqi civil war. It seems possible to move forward by insisting on enforceable benchmarks for the Iraqi government. If the Iraqi government doesn’t meet those benchmarks, the United States should cut U.S. taxpayer funding for the Iraqi government and their reconstruction efforts.

“Congress must continue to require that U.S. troops deployed to Iraq get training, equipment and time at home consistent with Department of Defense policy.  If the President insists on violating those requirements, he must waive them and explain why he is sending our military men and women overseas without the training, equipment and time at home they need.”