Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Supplemental Funds for Iraqi Reconstruction will save American Lives

Oct 1, 2003
Press Release
Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) made the following remarks on the House Floor: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of President George W. Bush’s supplemental request of $87 billion dollars for the War on Terror. This will support our troops who were historically successful in combat, and help develop Iraq so that we can win the peace,” said Congressman Wilson. “After World War II, America led the effort in the Marshall Plan to rebuild Germany. We prevented Germany from becoming a breeding ground for Communists and we defeated Communism. Today we can redevelop Iraq and prevent it from being a breeding ground for terrorists and we will defeat terrorism. This funding is mutually beneficial for the people of America and Iraq. “We cannot abandon the newly freed people of Iraq and allow the terrorists to regain strength. We can either fight the terrorists overseas, or on the streets of America. “I believe that every dollar of this supplemental is a weapon which will help save American lives, and I encourage members to stand firm in our promise to continue the fight in the War on Terror. “In conclusion, may God bless our troops,” said Congressman Wilson. ###