Bush $82 billion war fund request targets those in need at home, says Green Party congressional candidate
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Kevin McKeown, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-393-3639,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
SACRAMENTO (February 15, 2005) – President Bush's request for another $82
billion in war funds should be rejected by Congress until he lays out a
plan to end the war, and restore budget cuts for the needy in the U.S.,
according to Green Party congressional candidate Pat Driscoll.
The bulk of the spending package announced by Bush on Valentine's Day would
be used to fund the day-to-day cost of the war in Iraq while ignoring the
needs of Californians and all Americans here at home, Driscoll said.
"We are told the country cannot afford health care for all, and that the
social security system is underfunded, yet the President and Congress can
find enough money to pay for the quagmire in Iraq," said Driscoll. "There
is funding for social programs, if we would just stop the killing in Iraq."
Driscoll is a candidate in a March 8 special election in Sacramento to fill
a vacancy in the 5th Congressional District after 14-term incumbent Robert
Matsui (D) died Jan. 1.
The administration quietly released a list of the domestic programs it
intended to cut this week, including $18 million for the National Youth
Sports Program, which has provided athletics, tutoring, drug and alcohol
abuse prevention and comprehensive medical exams for low-income children
for more than three decades. The administration would also eliminate a
program to repair "severely distressed" public housing and reduce grants
for Section 8 vouchers, and kill seven health programs for emergency
medical services for children, traumatic brain injury and newborn hearing
"These programs and many others targeted by President Bush and a willing
Congress are being sacrificed to continue the killing on both sides in
Iraq. It is time for an immediate cease fire in Iraq, and the peaceful
withdrawal of U.S. troops. We could then begin the rebuilding of social
programs not only here in the U.S., but in Iraq," added Driscoll.
The Green Party of California
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Phone: (916) 448-3437