TUESDAy, MAY 8, 1973
Mr. MANSFIELD.' Mr. President, the
bombing activity now underway in Cambodia
Is being undertaken without the
consent or the advice of the Congress.
The administration is now asking for the
transfer of funds to continue the bombing
to the end of the present fiscal year
and is doing so despite the fact that there
is no legal, constitutional or other justification
for such action.
Furthermore, we have been told that
even if the Congress voted against the
request of the Pentagon to transfer
money for continued bombing in Cambodia
that, notwithstanding such an action,
the U.S. bombing of Cambodia
I would point out that recent court decisions
have stated the approval of funds
for the carrying out of activities of war
implies approval of the policy Inherent
therein. In other words, approval of the
Pentagon request to transfer funds which
are allegedly being held in "escrow" at
the present time would indicate approval
of the bombing policy now underway in
Furthermore, we have been informed
that the continuation of this policy would
be of an Indefinite nature. What the approval
of this policy implies, in my opinion,
is, in effect, a back door Tonkin Gulf
resolution. I, for one, will not vote for the
transfer of funds contain~d in the supplemental
appropriations bill and I
would hope that the Congress would
uphold its constitutional authority and
not bow to the type of procedure which
confronts us in the Appropriations
Committee at the present time, which
will confront the House of Representatives
on Thursday of this week and
which, if approved in the Senate Appropriations
Committee, will be before the
Senate shortly thereafter.
What we are doing In Cambodia is
wrong because it only Intensifies the
tragedy of Indochina. What we are doing
In Cambodia is illegal because it is not
·sanctioned in the law or the Constitution.
What we are doing in Cambodia cannot
be legitimatized because it is a continuation
of a war which was supposedly
ended. What we are doing in Cambodia
would not "undermine the essential
agreement of the January agreement in
Paris" because the "central achievement"
was to get all Americans out of Vietnam
and all our POW's released. This has
What we are doing is creating more
refugees, killing more people, and if we
follow the Pentagon's line of reasoning
we are, in effect. "destroying Cambodia to
save it." Even now, the press is blocked
out by the American Embassy in Phnom
Penh. Therefore, they do not have access
to whatever meager information that
Embassy would be able to compile.
The answer to the situation which confronts
us in Cambodia is to stop the
bombing now-today-and to do what we
can to bring about the return of Prince
Norodom Sihanouk so that he wm be able
to bring about a return to neutrality and
unity in that war-stricken woebegotten
The ACTING PRESIDENT pro tempore.
Does the Senator from Pennsylvania
Mr. SCOTT of Pennsylvania. No, Mr.
President; I yield back my time.
The ACTING PRESIDENT pro tempore.
Under the previous order, the Senator
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