Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 03032540 (posted Mar. 25, 2003)"
Supporting Our Troops Abroad and Increasing Safety at Home
Today's Presidential Action
President Bush will submit a wartime supplemental budget request to Congress
- Support the men and women of our Armed Forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom and
in the war on terror;
- Provide humanitarian relief for the people of Iraq;
- and Help to defend our homeland against the threat of terrorism.
Every item in the President's request is directly tied to Operation Iraqi
Freedom, the war on terror, or addressing the terrorism threat to our homeland
and the preparedness needs of our first responders. The President urges Congress
to pass this needed bill quickly and without adding extraneous and unrelated
spending. The total amount of the supplemental request - $74.7 billion - is
necessary and affordable at less than 1% of Gross Domestic Product.
Background on Today's Presidential Action
Supporting America's Armed Forces: The supplemental requests
$62.6 billion to support America's military, both in Iraq and in other
operations related to the war on terrorism. This request includes funding to pay
for transporting forces to the region, supplying our war fighters, and
maintaining vehicles, vessels, aircraft, and equipment. It will also allow the
Pentagon to replace cruise missiles, smart bombs, and other high-tech munitions
that are currently being used by our Armed Forces. Significantly, it will help
to provide combat pay for active duty soldiers in the theatre, and it will pay
for America's Reservists who have answered the call to duty, including their
training, housing, and equipment.
Providing Humanitarian Relief to the People of Iraq: The
President has requested $2.4 billion to create a new, flexible account focused
on relief and reconstruction for the people of Iraq. These funds will be used to
provide food, water, medicine, and clothing to the people of Iraq. They will
also be used to repair damaged infrastructure, restore important government
services, and keep schools open. The total commitment of resources for Iraq
relief and reconstruction, including those provided through the Department of
Defense, is approximately $3.5 billion.
Defending Our Homeland Against the Threat of Terrorism: The
supplemental request includes $4.25 billion to strengthen America's defenses
against terrorism. This funding will enhance the security of our Nation during
this period of heightened threat and improve the preparedness of first
responders. These funds must be flexible to enable homeland security and
emergency preparedness officials to target resources based on the latest
intelligence. The President's request includes:
- $2 billion through the Department of Homeland Security for state and local
terrorism preparedness and prevention. This request will help state and local
first responders with new equipment, training, and better emergency planning. As
part of Operation Liberty Shield, it will also provide new funding to improve
protection at critical infrastructure facilities and secure high-threat urban
areas identified by DHS.
- $1.5 billion to support expanded operations of the Department of Homeland
Security as part of Operation Liberty Shield. These funds support Coast Guard
forces deployed to the theater as well as increased security at home to protect
our ports and the deployment of military supplies. It also increases resources
for border and transportation security, including additional screening of
visitors crossing the border; increased inspection of high-risk goods and cargo
at ports-of-entry; additional flight hours for airspace security; and other
- $750 million for other immediate and emerging terrorism-related prevention
and response requirements, including $500 million for the Department of Justice
and $250 million for other agencies throughout the federal government.
For more information on the President's initiatives, please visit www.whitehouse.gov