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OCTOBER 8, 2003
2:45 PM
CONTACT: U.S. Representative Doggett 
Marshall Maher (202) 225-4865
Rep. Lloyd Doggett warns that Americans more in debt than Iraqis
WASHINGTON - October 8 - As the House Appropriations Committee considers the gigantic $87 billion Iraq supplemental tomorrow, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) today warned that American families have a greater debt burden than Iraqis.

According to authoritative sources:

* The national debt attributable to each Iraqi man, woman, and child is $15,516

* The national debt attributable to each American man, woman and child is $23,314 (and already growing quickly every day)

"Remember, this request is not the first installment requested by the President in support of his go-it-alone invasion without an imminent threat to America, and it certainly will not be the last," said Rep. Doggett. "Why should Americans continually have to do most all of the paying and most all of the dying?"

In April, Congress passed an emergency supplemental appropriation of $63 billion to fund this war, and over $368 billion was just approved for the Department of Defense.

Doggett added: "Billions more in taxpayer dollars are no substitute for a strategy that will provide security for both our troops abroad and Americans at home."

Sources: The figures cited draw from the CIA World Fact Book, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Census Bureau.


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