$2.2B Supplemental Appropriations Act will help preserve C-17 jobs

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richardson-with-troopsCongresswoman Laura Richardson voted to support passage of the Supplemental Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (H.R. 2346), legislation that will secure $2.2 billion in funding for the C-17 aircraft, preserves 11,000 California jobs and initiates the fiscal drawdown of the troops in Iraq.

“Protecting the security of our country at home and abroad and keeping people in our communities working are my top priorities in Congress,” Congresswoman Richardson said.

“When Congress is bailing out both Wall Street and the auto industry, it makes little sense to put 30,000 hardworking Americans out of work by closing the C-17 production line of the last American built cargo airlift plane,” Congresswoman Richardson added.

Further, the Supplemental Appropriations Act also prohibits the Department of Defense from the establishment of permanent military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan in response to the American public’s direction by the November, 2008 election and requires the Secretary of Defense to provide Congress with a detailed, month-by-month description of the transition of U.S. military forces, equipment, and contractors out of Iraq.

“The 2009 Supplemental is critical to ending the war in Iraq, minimizes unregulated build ups in Afghanistan and fulfills a commitment to bringing our troops home safely and responsibly,” Congresswoman Richardson said. “In my 20 months as a U.S. Representative, I have consistently opposed further war spending without a plan to bring our soldiers out of Iraq.”

The Supplemental Appropriations Act for FY09 will also:

  • Provide $534 million to retroactively provide service members and veterans $500 for every month they served under stop-loss orders since 2001.
  • Extend the new GI Bill to include education benefits to children of members of the armed forces who die while on active duty.
  • Prohibit the release of current Guantanamo Bay detainees from being released or transferred into the United States.
  • Provide a $5 billion line of credit to the International Monetary Fund to ensure that it has adequate resources to play its key role in helping to restore global economic growth.
  • Provide a total of $7.3 billion to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease and Control Response to assist in efforts to control a pandemic flu response, like the H1N1 virus.
  • Enact the “Cash for Clunkers” Bill to provide consumers with up to $4,500 vouchers when they trade in their old vehicle for a new one with higher fuel efficiency.

From day one, Congresswoman Richardson was on the forefront of the battle to save the C-17’s. She authored a bipartisan letter from over 60 members of the House of Representatives to the Administration urging President Obama to support the aircraft. The Congresswoman also held four face-to-face meetings with Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Murtha to earn his commitment to include funding for the C-17 in the FY09 Supplemental.

Production of the C-17 aircraft at the Boeing Plant in Long Beach employs 5,000 people. The C-17 production in California is responsible for 11,000 jobs, has an approximately $4 billion economic impact on the state and supports the employment of over 30,000 people nationwide.


One Response to “$2.2B Supplemental Appropriations Act will help preserve C-17 jobs”
  1. Nick Dibs says:

    “Of significance for citizens of the 37th Congressional District are evidence and facts which appear or may appear to be Rep. Laura Richardson’s lack of principle-based ethics and judgment in the past and recently. For the record, as a Democrat running for Congress she paid money to be on a “Yes on 8” pro-McCain (pro-Republican) campaign mailer and at the same time also had her name on a “No on 8” campaign mailer just prior to the 11-4-08 election. Yet, in May 2009 Richardson decided to appear and participate in the Gay Pride Parade in Long Beach . When it comes to important issues, it appears she prefers going the route of political expediency – of allegedly pandering to people on both sides for political support and to gain votes, – rather than declaring and sticking to a principled position.

    In what appears to be another lack-of-judgment-by-Richardson development, according to the LA Times (front page) of 6-12-09 and the Daily Breeze of 6-14-09, Richardson’s house-mismanagement is ongoing and she “… must cleanup her blighted Sacramento house”!

    Since first elected to Congress in August 2007, Richardson voted several times (including very recently) to spend and squander many-billions of our taxpayer dollars to continue the US war and “military occupation” in Iraq while informing people and newspapers that she favors bringing the troops home: According to the OC Register of 3-15-09, she conveyed “…her support for a withdrawal (of US troops) from Iraq.” In my view, this is but another lack-of-principles/ethics example of Richardson’s continuing practice of pandering for votes from citizens on both (opposing) sides regarding important policies. The lives of people are on the line and there is no military solution in Iraq or Afghanistan (www.IVAW.org; http://www.DemocracyNow.org). From both countries there are now over 5,000 US soldiers killed and over 30,000 US soldiers wounded! In Iraq there are over a million killed and four million refugees! As of today, 6-16-09, another war-funding appropriations bill is to be voted on in the House for approximately $100 billion. How many more people need to die and be wounded before Richardson will commit to bringing all the troops home in the foreseeable future and will vote ‘No’ on any more US taxpayer funding of the US war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan? Over a trillion (many billions!) of the American people’s taxpayer dollars are continuing to be poured down the sewer of ongoing foreign/military policy failures in Iraq and Afghanistan! Such significant tax dollars are needed now and here at home for energy-independence projects, to help better-fund local schools and cities, to put people to work, etc. and to revive our economy!”

    Nicholas (Nick) Dibs, 6-16-09

    37th Congressional District Independent Candidate (2008 election)