Union Tribune

October 1, 2003

Rep. Davis backs Bush's Iraq funding request


WASHINGTON Although she voted against authorizing President Bush to attack Iraq and still sees "a credibility gap" in his reasons for war, Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, yesterday endorsed his request for $87 billion to support U.S. forces and reconstruction in Iraq.

Davis decided to support the supplemental funding after a four-day congressional visit to Iraq showed her how much the nation needed help.

Davis cited the rundown and underequipped hospitals and joined others in the 17-member, bipartisan House delegation in emphasizing the need to rebuild Iraq's electrical power system and restore security to speed up a transition to Iraqi control.

"If we don't get better electricity and security, we may need more money" in the future, she said.

Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, who also voted against the war resolution, said he would not support the $87 billion request "until there is accountability for the money that has been spent . . . and a plan to extract ourselves."

Filner, who did not make the trip to Iraq, did say he wanted to support U.S. troops, citing the need to supply the soldiers with better protective vests, which could reduce the mounting death toll.

San Diego County's other representatives Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon; Randy Cunningham, R-Escondido; and Darrell Issa, R-Vista supported the war resolution and expect to support the supplemental funding.

Davis echoed others in the delegation who said the situation in Iraq was better than the media portrayed.

She said she would support steps to offset the cost of the supplemental funding, including repealing tax cuts for the highest income earners.

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