Burr Statement On The Passage Of The Supplemental Funding Bill

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement today after the Senate passage of The 2008 Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R.2642):

"I am pleased that the Senate has approved a supplemental funding bill that the President can sign into law. It is unfortunate that political games have been played with this funding, which the President requested over 500 days ago, that supports our troops in combat. It is up to the Congress to provide our men and women in uniform with the tools they need to fight the War on Terror, and I am glad to see the Congress finally come together to provide for our troops in harm's way."

"As the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, I am pleased that this legislation will provide a long overdue boost to education benefits provided to our veterans, making college more affordable to those who serve. Included in this bill is a provision from Senator McCain, Senator Graham, and myself that will allow career servicemembers to transfer their benefits to others in their family, giving our military a vital tool they need so they can continue to recruit and retain the best America has to offer."