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Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Letter from the President to Congress Regarding the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009

TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
TO THE CHAIRMEN AND RANKING MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE
AND SENATE COMMITTEES ON ARMED SERVICES, APPROPRIATIONS,
AND THE JUDICIARY, THE CHAIRMEN AND RANKING MEMBERS
OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEES ON HOMELAND SECURITY,
FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE
ON INTELLIGENCE, AND THE CHAIRMEN AND
RANKING MEMBERS OF THE SENATE COMMITTEES
ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, HOMELAND SECURITY
AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS, AND INTELLIGENCE

March 30, 2010

Dear Mr. Chairman: (Dear Madam Chairman:)
(Dear Representative:) (Dear Senator:)

In response to the requirement of section 1117 of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009, and in order to keep the Congress fully informed, I am providing the attached report related to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

My Administration completed a thorough policy review last November, and I announced a new approach at West Point on December 1, 2009. As with the development of that policy, we have continued to consult closely with the Congress on the implementation of this new approach. We are now implementing this policy and do not believe further adjustments are required at this time. Consistent with the statute and given the time necessary to accumulate data, the attached report covers the period ending December 31, 2009. To the extent possible, the report provides an update on our assessment since that date.

As the Congress begins consideration of the supplemental, I underscore our Nation's interests in the successful implementation of this policy.
Sincerely,

BARACK OBAMA