Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum, D-Minn., has signed on as a co-sponsor of legislation to establish a temporary surtax to pay for the war in Afghanistan.
The chairman of the House appropriations committee, Rep. David Obey, D-Wisc., introduced the measure. McCollum explained her support of the proposed surtax today in a news release.
“Achieving stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan is a national security priority that directly impacts the safety of our citizens,” McCollum said. “All additional funding necessary to achieve stability in this region should not be put on America’s credit card, but paid for today. In a time of economic crisis, borrowing billions of dollars from China to pay for war in Afghanistan actually undermines our national security. Shared sacrifice means not only committing to fight a war but also committing to pay for it.”