06 May 2004
Bush Asks Congress for Additional $25 Billion for Defense
Says money needed as demands on troops increase
President Bush is asking Congress to establish a $25 billion contingency
reserve fund to meet additional demands on troops in Iraq and Afghanistan
as well as those serving elsewhere in support of the global war
"We must make sure there is no disruption in funding and resources
for our troops," President Bush said in a statement issued by the
White House May 5.
The administration cannot predict specifically the costs for military
operations next year, he said, but he wants to ensure that U.S.
troops have sufficient resources for their missions.
As the administration has stated previously, the president said
in his written statement, "we will pursue a full FY (Fiscal Year)
2005 supplemental request when we can better estimate precise costs."
Following is the text of the Bush statement:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
May 5, 2004
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
This morning, Secretary Rumsfeld and I discussed recommendations
from our commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan about additional resources
that they may require.
While we do not know the precise costs for operations next year,
recent developments on the ground and increased demands on our
troops indicate the need to plan for contingencies. We must make
sure there is no disruption in funding and resources for our troops.
I am requesting that Congress establish a $25 billion contingency
reserve fund for the coming fiscal year to meet all commitments
to our troops and to make sure we succeed in these critical fronts
in the war on terror. As my administration has previously said,
we will pursue a full FY (Fiscal Year) 2005 supplemental request
when we can better estimate precise costs.
Our troops in Iraq are performing superbly in their efforts to
help the Iraqi people realize a free and peaceful future. I have
pledged to our troops that they will have all the resources they
need to get the job done, and I look forward to working with Congress
on this high priority.