Braley Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Require True Accounting of Iraq, Afghanistan War Costs

Mar 18, 2013 Issues: Defense and National Security

Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) has joined Republican Rep. Walter Jones (NC-03) to introduce bipartisan legislation requiring a full accounting of the human and financial costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the American ground invasion of Iraq.

Braley said, “Congress has spent $1.5 trillion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan so far, but those costs don’t even begin to account for so many indirect costs and the costs of these wars yet to come: lifetime care for injured veterans, long-term mental health treatment, spousal benefits for families of those we lost, and more. 

“These wars have had a tremendous impact on our federal budget and our standing in the world.  American taxpayers deserve a true and full accounting of these conflicts, so we understand the financial and human toll these wars have placed on our nation.”

The bipartisan True Cost of War Act requires the President to work with the secretaries of Defense, State, and Veterans Affairs to submit a written report to the public tallying the long-term human and financial costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Braley first introduced the True Cost of War Act in 2008 and has worked in subsequent sessions of Congress to pass the bill into law.  In 2011, the legislation was passed by the US House in a bipartisan vote.  However, the True Cost of the War Act has never advanced to the President’s desk for his signature into law.

The True Cost of War Act of 2013, Rep. Bruce Braley

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