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President Asks Congress to Support Funding for Troops

By Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2005 – President Bush today urged Congress for its support of the $81.9 billion supplemental funding request for troops fighting the war on terror.

The funding will help provide the weapons, ammunition, spare parts, and equipment that troops need to do their jobs, he said in his weekly radio address.

"At this moment, our courageous men and women in uniform are serving in distant lands, risking their lives to ensure our security," he said. "We must give them all the resources they need to protect us from the threats of determined enemies and to prevail in the war on terror.

"I urge Congress to come together to resolve their remaining differences and send me a bill quickly," he added.

The president pointed out that while troop overseas are making the United States more secure, they are also helping to transform other nations that until recently "knew only tyranny and despair."

He noted that in Afghanistan, millions went to the polls after U.S. troops helped liberate the country from the Taliban. And in Iraq, he said, citizens there are becoming more in charge of the country's stability. "Iraqi security forces are becoming more self-reliant and taking on greater responsibilities," he said.

The president noted that today more than 150,000 Iraqi security forces have been trained and equipped, and for the first time, "Iraqi army, police, and security forces outnumber U.S. forces in Iraq."

"Like free people everywhere, Iraqis want to be defended and led by their own countrymen," he continued. "We will help them achieve this objective, and then our troops will come home with the honor they have earned."

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