Senate Passes Resolution Opposing Russian Offer to Question U.S. Officials, 98-0
House Session - February 15, 2007

Members debated a non-binding resolution opposing current U.S. policy in Iraq while supporting military personnel stationed in the region.

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    THE HOUSE AS THEY CONTINUE THEIR DEBATE ON THE IRAQ RESOLUTION. [CAPTIONING

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    THE HOUSE AS THEY CONTINUE THEIR DEBATE ON THE IRAQ RESOLUTION.…

    THE HOUSE AS THEY CONTINUE THEIR DEBATE ON THE IRAQ RESOLUTION. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, INC., IN COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ANY USE OF THE CLOSED-CAPTIONED COVERAGE OF THE HOUSE PROCEEDINGS FOR POLITICAL OR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED BY THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.]

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  • 10:01:35 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE CHAPLAIN. CHAPLIN COUGHLIN:…

    BE IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY THE CHAPLAIN. CHAPLIN COUGHLIN: GOD EVER MINDFUL OF THOSE WHO PLACE THEIR TRUST IN YOU, YOU PLESS OUR COMINGS AND OUR -- YOU BLESS OUR COMINGS AND OUR GOINGS BECAUSE YOU ARE GOD WITH US AND GUIDE EVERY STEP OF THE DAY. TODAY WE ASK YOUR BLESSING UPON LORRAINE MILLER AND DAN BEARD AS THEY ENTER THIS CHAMBER TO BE SWORN IN AS OFFICERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. MAY THEY FAITHFULLY FULFILL THE DUTIES THAT ARE ABOUT TO BE LAID UPON THEM. AND SERVE THIS NOBLE INSTITUTION AND ITS MEMBERS WITH DILIGENCE, PRUDENCE, AND RIGHT JUDGMENT. MAY THEY BE WELCOMED WITH SINCERITY AND GRATITUDE. TODAY, LORD, WE ALSO PRAY FSH THE HONORABLE CHARLIE NORWOOD, WHO WILL BE CARRIED FROM YOUR CHURCH HERE ON EARTH AND LAID TO REST. MAY THE MODEST SMILE ON HIS FACE COME TO FULL EXPRESSION AS HE HEARS YOU SAY, WELL DONE, MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT. COME, ENTER THE JOY OF YOUR MASTER. GRANT HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS THE CONSOLATION THAT COMES FROM FAITH. MAY HE AND ALL THOSE WHO SERVE AND LOVE OTHERS AND WORK IN PUBLIC SERVICE THROUGH YOUR MERCY REST IN PEACE. AMEN.

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  • 10:03:14 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND NOW…

    THE CHAIR HAS EXAMINED THE JOURNAL OF THE LAST DAY'S PROCEEDINGS AND NOW ANNOUNCES TO THE HOUSE HER APPROVAL THEREOF PURSUANT TO CLAUSE 1 OF RULE 1, THE JOURNAL STANDS APPROVED. THE PLEDGE WILL BE LED BY THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, MRS. CHRISTENSEN.

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  • 10:03:37 AM

    MRS. CHRISTENSEN

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    THE SPEAKER

    CHAIR WILL NOW SWEAR IN THE NEW OFFICERS OF THE HOUSE. LORRAINE

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    THE SPEAKER

    I DO.

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    I DO.

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    CONGRATULATIONS.

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    THE SPEAKER

    CONGRATULATIONS.

  • 10:06:05 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND RISE?

  • 10:06:09 AM

    MR. HOYER

    I OFFER A PRIVE LEMMED RESOLUTION AND ASK IT IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION TO…

    I OFFER A PRIVE LEMMED RESOLUTION AND ASK IT IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION TO TELL THE UNITED STATES SENATE THE HISTORIC ACTION WE HAVE TAKEN TODAY.

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  • 10:06:22 AM

    THE CLERK

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN RISE?

  • 10:06:53 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    PURPOSE DOES THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN RISE?

  • 10:06:59 AM

    MR. HOYER

    ANOTHER PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION.

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    THE SPEAKER

    LIKE TO SAY WITHOUT OBJECTION THE PREVIOUS RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE…

    LIKE TO SAY WITHOUT OBJECTION THE PREVIOUS RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE.

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  • 10:07:09 AM

    MR. HOYER

    ONCE AGAIN, I ASK THAT A PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION BE TAKEN FROM THE DESK AND…

    ONCE AGAIN, I ASK THAT A PRIVILEGED RESOLUTION BE TAKEN FROM THE DESK AND IMMEDIATELY CONSIDERED.

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  • 10:07:19 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    THE CLERK

    166, RESOLVED THAT THE CLERK BE INSTRUCTED TO INFORM THE PRESIDENT OF THE…

    166, RESOLVED THAT THE CLERK BE INSTRUCTED TO INFORM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS ELECTED LORRAINE C. MILLER, A CITIZEN OF THE STATE OF TEXAS, CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 110TH CONGRESS.

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  • 10:07:48 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. THE RESOLUTION IS AGREED TO AND THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID ON THE TABLE. THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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  • 10:08:04 AM

    THE CLERK

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR -- MADAM, UNDER…

    THE HONORABLE THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SIR -- MADAM, UNDER CLAUSE 2-G OF RULE 2 OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES I HEREWITH DESIGNATE MARJORIE C. KELLEHER DEPUTY CLERK AND JORGE SORENSEN DEPUTY CLERK TO SIGN ALL ACTS THEY WOULD BE AUTHORIZED TO DO BY VIRTUE OF THIS DESIGNATION EXCEPT SUCH ARE PROVIDED BY STATCHT BY MY TEMPORARY ABSENCE OR DISABILITY. THIS SHALL REMAIN IN EFFECT WITH THE 110TH CONGRESS OR MODIFIED BY ME. WITH BEST WISHES I AM SIGNED SINCERELY, LORRAINE C. MILLER, CLERK OF THE HOUSE.

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  • 10:08:52 AM

    THE SPEAKER

    THANK YOU. THE CHAIR WISHES TO CONGRATULATE LORRAINE C. MILLER ON THIS…

    THANK YOU. THE CHAIR WISHES TO CONGRATULATE LORRAINE C. MILLER ON THIS HISTORIC OCCASION AS SHE ASSUMES THE DUTIES OF THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE. FIRST TIME AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN HAD HELD A POSITION OF LEADERSHIP IN TERMS OF BEING AN OFFICER OF THE HOUSE. THE RESOLUTIONS ARE NECESSARY FOR THE OFFICE OF CLERK AND SO THERE'S MUCH FANFARE ASSOCIATED WITH THAT. WE ARE ALSO EQUALLY AS PLEASED TO HAVE THE SERVICES OF DANIELE P. BEARD AS OUR CHIEF MISHTIVE OFFICER OF THE HOUSE. CONGRATULATIONS TO DAN BEARD AS WELL. THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO 10 ONE-MINUTES ON EACH SIDE. FOR WHAT PURPOSE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE RISE?

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM IS RECOGNIZED.

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    FROM IS RECOGNIZED.

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    ONE-MINUTE PREPARED TO TALK ABOUT THE DEBATE ON IRAQ BUT I THINK WHAT IS…

    ONE-MINUTE PREPARED TO TALK ABOUT THE DEBATE ON IRAQ BUT I THINK WHAT IS MORE APPROPRIATE AT THIS TIME IS TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS EXPERIENCED SINCE JANUARY 4. THE DOORS OF THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, INDEED, THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN OPENED TO THOUGHT, PERSPECTIVES AND ISSUES THAT HAVE BEEN STIFLED FOR THE LAST 12 YEARS. I WANT TO THANK THE SPEAKER FOR HER LEADERSHIP, FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND THE CHAIRMAN AND WHAT THEY BROUGHT FORWARD. THE FIRST WOMAN EVER ELECTED SPEAKER IN THIS COUNTRY'S HOUSE, THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN ELECTED CLERK. HISTORY IS BEING MADE. THE ISSUES COMING FORTH FOR MIDDLE AMERICA, PEOPLE IN NEED, FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS PLANET. I WANT TO THANK THE SPEAKER. AMERICA IS GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THANK YOU.

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  • 10:11:02 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RISE.

  • 10:11:04 AM

    MR. POE

    REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:11:09 AM

    MR. POE

    BAND CONTINUES TO PLAY TODAY WHILE CONGRESS ARGUES THE RESOLUTION OF…

    BAND CONTINUES TO PLAY TODAY WHILE CONGRESS ARGUES THE RESOLUTION OF RETREAT FROM IRAQ. THIS ILLNESS OF DEFEATISM IS SPREADING. SELF-PROCLAIMED MILITARY EXPERTS ARE SAYING THE WAR CANNOT BE WON, EVEN WITH MORE TROOPS. WARS HAVE ALWAYS HAD HOMEGROWN CRITICS AND DOOM SAYERS EVEN IN THE MILITARY. THOSE WHO SAY WE CANNOT WIN SHOULD NEVER BE PLACED IN A POSITION TO ALLOW US TO LOSE. THEY ARE THORNS IN THE BATTLEFIELD OF HOPE. THIS RESOLUTION, THIS POLICY, NO MORE TROOPS FOR THE TROOPS LEAVES OUR VOLUNTEERS IN IRAQ IN A PRECARIOUS VULNERABLE SITUATION. SINCE NO HETCH IS COMING TO OUR AID WHAT SHALL OUR TROOPS IN IRAQ DO? FIGHT A CONTAINMENT WAR? FIGHT NOT TO LOSE? OR WIN NOT FIGHT, RETREAT TO THE HILLS? THIS RESOLUTION IS GOOD NEWS TO THE TERRORISTS, BAD NEWS FOR THE TROOPS. WE SHOULD FIND THE MORAL WILL TO FINISH OR MISSION IN IRAQ AND PROTECT AMERICAN INTERESTS WITH WHATEVER NUMBER OF TROOPS IS NECESSARY. DUTY REQUIRES SUCH AND SAFETY AND HONOR DEMAND IT. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.

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  • 10:12:18 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE RISE?

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    UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:12:30 AM

    MS. SHEA-PORTER

    WE CONTINUE TODAY TO DEBATE A RESOLUTION ON THE FLOOR VOICING THIS…

    WE CONTINUE TODAY TO DEBATE A RESOLUTION ON THE FLOOR VOICING THIS CONGRESS' OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO SEND 21,500 MORE TROOPS TO IRAQ, I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE STRESS THAT CONGRESS IS NOT ALONE IN OPPOSING THE PRESIDENT'S ESCALATION. FIRST OF ALL, IT'S CRITICAL THAT WE REMEMBER THAT THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ DO NOT WISH US TO BE IN THEIR COUNTRY. THEY WISH TO SORT THIS OUT THEMSELVES AND WE NEED TO HONOR THAT. BUT RETIRED MILITARY LEADERS IN OUR COUNTRY HAVE ALSO EXPRESSED THEIR OPPOSITION TO THIS PLAN. RETIRED GENERAL BARRY MCAFTERRY DESCRIBED THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN AS A FOOL'S ERRAND. RETIRED GENERAL WESLEY CLARK SAID WITHOUT SUCH FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE IN WASHINGTON'S APPROACH THERE IS LITTLE HOPE THAT THE TROOP SURGE, IRAQI PROMISES AND ACCOMPANYING RHETORIC WILL AMOUNT TO ANYTHING OTHER THAN STAY THE COURSE MORE. THIS FROM LIEUTENANT GENERE MONDAY ODEONO, THE COMMANDER OF THE MULTINATIONAL CORPS IN IRAQ. IT IS CLEAR YOU CANNOT SOLVE THIS PROBLEM MILITARILY. YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE COMBINATION OF MILITARY, ECONOMIC AND DIPLOMATIC THINGS THAT WE NEED TO DO. THANK YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:13:46 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE, MR. SPEAKER. SWOUKS.

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    FOR ONE MINUTE, MR. SPEAKER. SWOUKS.

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    THE RESOLUTION BEFORE THE HOUSE. IT IS A RESOLUTION IN TWO PARTS. THE…

    THE RESOLUTION BEFORE THE HOUSE. IT IS A RESOLUTION IN TWO PARTS. THE FIRST PART SAYS WE SUPPORT THE TROOPS. THE SECOND PART SAYS WE'RE NOT GOING TO REINFORCE THE TROOPS. THAT IS KIND OF CURIOUS, IN A WAY, I SUPPOSE, ISN'T IT? WE WOULD SUPPORT THEM WITH UPARMORED HUMVEES, TANKS, BUT, OH, NO, WE ARE NOT GOING TO LET THE TROOPS HELP THE OTHER TROOPS THAT ARE THERE. YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. YOU PICTURE DAVY CROCKET AT THE ALAMO. HE IS THERE AND HE HE HAS THE OTHER ARMY'S BACK TO THE WALL. HE CHECKS WITH THE CONGRESS SAND AND SAYS, YEAH, DAVY CROCKET, WE SUPPORT YOU BUT WE ARE NOT GOING TO SEND ANYBODY TO LEP. WHEN I WAS A LEGISLATOR IN THE STATE OF MISSOURI I KEPT TRACK OF THE SILLIEST LEGISLATION I HAD SEEN. ONE OF THEM WAS THIS LADY THAT GOT SO ENTHUSED ABOUT VOLUNTEERING THAT SHE CREATED A BILL CALLED MAN TERRY VOLUNTEERISM. -- MANDATORY VOLUNTEERISM. THAT WAS ODD. HERE WE ARE SAYING SUPPORT BUT DON'T SUPPORT. THIS IS CURIOUS AND IT UNDERMINES FEEL LIKE MY SON WHO HAS SERVED IN FALLUJAH. THANK YOU.

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  • 10:15:09 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA RISE?

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  • 10:15:16 AM

    MS. LEE

    HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. STWOUKS.

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    MS. LEE

    FOR FOUR YEARS PRESIDENT BUSH HAS BEEN ABLE TO RUN THE WAR IN IRAQ ANY WAY…

    FOR FOUR YEARS PRESIDENT BUSH HAS BEEN ABLE TO RUN THE WAR IN IRAQ ANY WAY HE WANTED TO WITHOUT OVERSIGHT FROM CONGRESS. THAT CHANGED WITH THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS WHEN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAID THEY WANTED A CHECK ON THE PRESIDENT'S POWER. THE HOUSE IS DEBATING A SIMPLE RESOLUTION THAT SENDS THE PRESIDENT THE MESSAGE THAT THIS HOUSE DOES NOT AGREE WITH HIS PLAN TO SEND MORE TROOPS TO IRAQ. I HOPE THIS DEBATE SERVES AS A WNBAUP CALL TO THE PRESIDENT AND THAT THE STATUS QUO IN IRAQ IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO THIS NEW CONGRESS AND THE NEW PLAN IS NOT A CHANGE IN DIRECTION, BUT AN ESCALATION OF HIS SAME FAILED AND DANE ROUSE POLICY. THE PRESIDENT HEARD FROM THE BIPARTISAN IRAQ STUY GROUP THAT A MILITARY SLUGSE IS NO LONGER -- SOLUTION IS NOT LONGER POSSIBLE. THIS WEEK DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WILL SEND THE PRESIDENT A STRONG MESSAGE THAT WE MUST CHANGE COURSE IN IRAQ AND IT'S TIME FOR THE PRESIDENT TO LISTEN.

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  • 10:16:15 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    TO HONOR AMERICA'S BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN CURRENTLY SERVING IN THE NAME OF…

    TO HONOR AMERICA'S BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN CURRENTLY SERVING IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM AND TO OPPOSE THIS RESOLUTION OF RETREAT. AS ABRAHAM LINCOLN SAID FAMOUSLY IN HIS SECOND INAUGURAL ADDRESS, FERVENTLY DO WE PRAY THAT THIS MIGHTY SCOURGE OF WAR MAY SPEEDILY PASS AWAY. AS AMERICANS WE ARE RELUCTANT WARRIORS, BUT THROUGHOUT OUR RICH HISTORY WHENEVER OUR TROOPS HAVE BEEN IN HARM'S WAY AMERICA HAS SUPPORTED THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND MADE CERTAIN OUR TROOPS HAD THE NECESSARY RESOURCES TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR MISSION. WITHOUT A DOUBT MISTAKES HAVE BEEN MADE. AND THESE MISTAKES ARE IMPORTANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE. BUT WE MUST GO FORWARD WITH A NEW STRATEGY IN IRAQ BASED ON QUANTIFIABLE GOALS AND MEASURABLE RESULTS. WE MUST NOT RETREAT. AT THIS CRITICAL TIME THE AMERICAN PEOPLE LONG FOR TRUE LEADERSHIP AND RESOLVE. AND I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO PUT ASIDE POLITICAL POSTURING AND PARTISANSHIP AND ENSURE OUR TROOPS HAVE THE RESOURCES AND SUPPORT NEEDED TO COMPLETE THIS MISSION. VICTORY IS THE ONLY OPTION. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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  • 10:17:24 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RISE?

  • 10:17:28 AM

    MR. KUCINICH

    MR. SPEAKER, I REQUEST PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE. REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:17:33 AM

    MR. KUCINICH

    RATHER THAN ANNOUNCE A DIPLOMATIC INITIATIVE SIMILAR TO NORTH KOREA TO…

    RATHER THAN ANNOUNCE A DIPLOMATIC INITIATIVE SIMILAR TO NORTH KOREA TO RESOLVE THE STALEMATE OVER IRAN'S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS, YESTERDAY THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT IS SUPPLYING DEADLY WEAPONS TO FIGHTERS IN IRAQ EVEN THOUGH HE CAN'T PROVE THE ORDERS CAME FROM THE HIGHEST LEVELS IN TEHRAN. WHY IS HE MAINTAINING THIS? I BELIEVE HE'S MAINTAINING IT TO SATISFY SECTION 2-C OF THE 1973 WAR POWERS RESOLUTION WHICH READS IN PART, THE CONSTITUTIONAL POWERS OF THE PRESIDENT'S COMMANDER IN CHIEF TO INTRODUCE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES INTO HOSTILITIES IS CLEARLY INDICATED BY THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND OUR EXERCISE PURSUANT TO A NATIONAL EMERGENCY CREATED BY THE ATTACK UPON THE UNITED STATES, ITS TERRITORIES, OR POSSESSIONS, OR ITS ARMED FORCES. SO WHAT'S GOING ON HERE IS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION IS SEEKING A JUSTIFICATION FOR A MILITARY CONFLICT WITH IRAN. THAT'S WHY THE ADMINISTRATION IS CHANGING ITS EMPHASIS. IT'S JUSTIFICATION NOW IS TO PROTECT U.S. TROOPS IN IRAQ. AND VERY SIGNIFICANTLY THIS JUSTIFICATION COULD RELIEVE THE PRESIDENT OF NEEDING CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZATION. YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:18:41 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NORTH CAROLINA RISE?

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  • 10:18:46 AM

    MS. FOXX

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:18:50 AM

    MS. FOXX

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M APPALLED BY WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THIS CHAMBER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M APPALLED BY WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THIS CHAMBER THIS WEEK. WE ARE TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE FREEDOMS THAT WE HAVE WHILE GOOD MEN AND WOMEN ARE DYING TO PROTECT US. AND WE ARE UNDERMINING THEIR EFFORTS. THE OTHER SIDE HAS DONE SOME VERY AWFUL THINGS FOR POLITICAL GAIN IN THIS SESSION, BUT THIS EVENT IS THE PIT OF HYPOCRISY NOT THE HEIGHT OF HYPOCRISY. HISTORY HAS SHOWN US THAT INVOLVEMENT IN SENDING ALL THE RESOURCES NECESSARY WAS ESSENTIAL TO WINNING WORLD WAR II, AND WE DID IN FACT PRESERVE FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY. MANY AMERICANS WERE AGAINST WORLD WAR II, CALLING FOR ISOLATIONISM AND PACIFISM HOPING HITLER WOULD STAY TRUE TO HIS WORD. THE UNITED STATES HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO ENTER THE WAR TO SAVE EUROPE AND DEMOCRACY, THAT WAS THE DEFINITIVE CONFLICT OF THAT ERA. WE ARE NOW FACING THE DEFINITIVE CONFLICT OF OURS. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A TREMENDOUS DISSERVICE TO OUR TROOPS, THEIR FAMILIES, AND THE AMERICAN TRADITION OF BEING HONORABLE LIBERATORS FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY. THIS RESOLUTION IS AN INSULT TO OUR TROOPS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE ARE LEADERS IN OUR BODY. IT'S TIME WE CAME TOGETHER AND ACT AS LEADERS. LEAVE POLITICS ASIDE TO FIGHT TERRORISM AND SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. WE OWE IT TO OURSELVES, THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT, AND FUTURE GENERATIONS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO RISE?

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  • 10:20:15 AM

    MRS. JONES

    TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE. REVISE AND EXTEND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:20:19 AM

    MRS. JONES

    SO PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN. I'M SO PROUD THAT WE HAVE FIRST AMENDMENT…

    SO PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN. I'M SO PROUD THAT WE HAVE FIRST AMENDMENT FREEDOMS AND WHY THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS DECIDED TO STEP UP AND DEBATE THE ISSUE OF IRAQ, I'M NOT ASHAMED THAT I WANT MY TROOPS TO COME HOME. I'M NOT ASHAMED TO SAY THAT THE BABIES THAT HAVE DIED IN IRAQ THAT COME FROM CLEVELAND, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, NEED TO COME HOME AND GET OUT OF HARM'S WAY. I'M NOT UNPATRIOTIC. I AM AS PATRIOTIC AS THE REST. AND I STAND HERE TO SAY TO AMERICA TODAY THAT THE DEMOCRATS IN THIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE WANT A DEBATE. FORTUNATELY WE HAVE A STRONG LEADER IN THE HOUSE AND WE ARE DEBATING. SOMEHOW THE SENATE CAN'T SEEM TO GET OFF -- AND NOT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEBATE THE ISSUE OF IRAQ. I'M PROUD TO BE AMERICAN. I'M PROUD TO HAVE TROOPS WHO HAVE STOOD UP FOR US, HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES. IT'S TIME FOR US TO STAND UP FOR THEM. LET'S REMEMBER THEM. LET THEM NOT BE NUMBERS. LET THEM BE PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES KNOW THAT WE CARE ABOUT THEM. I GIVE -- I YIELD THE REST OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    THE GENTLELADY'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM VIRGINIA RISE?

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  • 10:21:29 AM

    MRS. DRAKE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:21:32 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:21:34 AM

    MRS. DRAKE

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A HISTORIC WEEK IN IRAQ. THEY HAVE…

    MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS A HISTORIC WEEK IN IRAQ. THEY HAVE PASSED A NEW BUDGET FOR 2007, AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE IRAQ COUNCIL OF REPRESENTATIVES VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE $41.1 BILLION BUDGET THAT WILL AID IRAQ WITH REBUILDING, SECURITY, AND MOVE THEM FORWARD TO BE MORE SELF-SUFFICIENT. WE SHOULD CELEBRATE THIS ACHIEVEMENT AS EVIDENCE THAT WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS IN IRAQ AND WE SHOULD ALLOW THE NEW STRATEGY A CHANCE TO WORK. THE 2007 IRAQ BUDGET REPRESENTS A 21% INCREASE OVER THE 2006 BUDGET, OVER $10 BILLION WILL BE DEDICATED TO RECONSTRUCTION EFFORTS AND CAPITAL INVESTMENT PROJECTS THIS YEAR AND OVER $7 BILLION WILL BE USED TO PROVIDE SECURITY TO PROTECT IRAQ FROM INSURGENTS THAT CONTINUE TO WORK AGAINST THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM. THIS IS GREAT NEWS FROM IRAQ. WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS. I APPLAUD THE DEDICATION TO FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY IN IRAQ AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO CELEBRATE THE SUCCESS STORIES LIKE THIS ONE IN IRAQ. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:22:41 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO RISE?

  • 10:22:47 AM

    MR. WILSON

    UNANIMOUS CONSENT FOR PERMISSION TO SPEAK TO THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

  • 10:22:53 AM

    MR. WILSON

    THE IRAQ RESOLUTION THAT WE ARE DEBATING HERE IS BIPARTISAN. OVER THE LAST…

    THE IRAQ RESOLUTION THAT WE ARE DEBATING HERE IS BIPARTISAN. OVER THE LAST TWO DAYS DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS HAVE COME TO THIS FLOOR TO VOICE THEIR OPPOSITION ABOUT THE ESCALATION PLAN FOR THIS WAR. THERE IS ALSO A STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR A RESOLUTION IN THE SENATE THAT WOULD EXPRESS THE CHAMBER'S OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN THERE. UNFORTUNATELY SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADERS ARE PREVENTING THE DEBATE AND THE RESOLUTION PREFERRING INSTEAD TO BLINDLY FOLLOW THE PRESIDENT. WHY HAVE DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS COME TOGETHER TO EXPRESS OUR OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN? UNLIKE THE PRESIDENT WE HAVE LISTENED TO THE MILITARY EXPERTS, HIS OWN GENERALS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE TROOPS FIGHTING IN IRAQ, AND THE BIPARTISAN IRAQ STUDY GROUP THAT SAID THIS WAR NO LONGER CAN BE WON MILITARILY. CONGRESS MUST EXPRESS AN OPINION TO THIS PRESIDENT'S PLAN. OVER THE LAST MONTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE COMMITTEES HAVE CONDUCTED 52 HEARINGS IN IRAQ. CONDUCTING OVERSIGHT OF AN ADMINISTRATIONER THAT IS OFF COURSE INTERNATIONALLY. THE OVERSIGHT WILL CONTINUE AND WE WILL BRING A CHANGE OF COURSE IN IRAQ. I YIELD BACK MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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  • 10:23:58 AM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN…

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM MICHIGAN RISE?

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  • 10:24:02 AM

    MRS. MILLER

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MRS. MILLER

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS AFTERNOON I'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT THE WAR…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS AFTERNOON I'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT THE WAR RESOLUTION, BUT THIS MORNING I'D LIKE TO JUST TALK FOR A SECOND ON ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. SEVERAL WEEKS AGO WE HEARD THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCE PART OF HIS AGENDA FOR MAKING AMERICA MORE ENERGY INDEPENDENT. BUT THE REAL QUESTION IS, HOW DO WE GET THERE? THE PRESIDENT LAID OUT A PLAN TO PLACE NEW DRACONIAN FUEL EFFICIENCY STANDARDS ON OUR DOMESTIC AUTO MAKERS, WHICH I BELIEVE ARE THE WRONG APPROACH TO ENERGY INDEPENDENCE. IT'S THE WRONG APPROACH BECAUSE IT WOULD FORCE OUR DOMESTIC AUTO MAKERS TO INVEST IN OLD TECHNOLOGY AND STIFLE VERY EXCITING NEW TECHNOLOGIES. OUR DOMESTIC AUTO INDUSTRY IS NEARING INNOVATIVE BREAKTHROUGHS SUCH AS USAGE OF ALTERNATIVE FUELS, AND ADVANCED HYBRID VEHICLES. I BELIEVE IT'S IN OUR NATIONAL INTEREST TO PROVIDE FEDERAL SUPPORT TO ADVANCE THE AUTO TECHNOLOGIES OF THE FUTURE TO HELP ACHIEVE ENERGY SAVINGS. BOTH GENERAL MOTORS AND FORD RECENTLY UNVEILED PLANSED PLUG-IN HYBRIDS THAT USE A LITHIUM ION BATTERY. HELPING THAT TECHNOLOGY TO BECOME COMMERCIALLY VIABLE WILL ADVANCE OUR EFFORTS TO CONSERVE ENERGY BY LIGHT YEARS AND CREATE GREAT NEW JOBS HERE IN AMERICA. IF MY COLLEAGUES WANT TRUE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND A THRIVING AUTO INDUSTRY, WE MUST FOCUS ON THE TECHNOLOGY OF THE FUHR. I YIELD BACK.

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    MS. CASTOR

    I SEEK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE HOUSE FOR ONE MINUTE.

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    SPEAKER, OVER THE LAST TWO DAYS REPUBLICANS WHO SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT'S…

    SPEAKER, OVER THE LAST TWO DAYS REPUBLICANS WHO SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT'S TROOP ESCALATION PLAN HAVE HAD TWO MAIN MESSAGE POINTS. THE FIRST IS THAT THE RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN IS NONBINDING AND MEANINGLESS. THE SECOND IS THE RESOLUTION WILL BE END OF CIVILIZATION TO BORROW A TERM FROM A COLUMNIST. THEY CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. WHAT WE ARE DOING OVER THESE THREE DAYS OF DEBATE IS HAVING A REAL DISCUSSION ABOUT CHANGING THE COURSE OF THE WAR IN IRAQ. FOR THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE BUSH-CHENEY ESCALATION THIS DEBATE SERVES AS A PRIME OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLAIN WHY THEY THINK THIS ESCALATION WILL WORK WHEN FOUR OTHER SURGES HAVE NOT WORKED. IT IS A SHAME THAT SOME HAVE IGNORED THE MERITS OF THE RESOLUTION AND FOCUSED ON POLITICAL CALCULATION. IN FACT, SEVERAL REPUBLICANS SENT OUT A LETTER SAYING, THIS DEBATE SHOULD NOT EVEN BE ABOUT THE IRAQ WAR TODAY. IF WE LET DEMOCRATS FORCE US INTO A DEBATE ON THE SURGE OF THE CURRENT SITUATION IN IRAQ, WE LOSE. FAR FROM IT, MR. SPEAKER. NO ONE WILL LOSE BY HAVING A DEBATE. IN FACT, OUR GREAT DEMOCRACY BENEFITS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WIN BY KNOWING THAT WE ARE CHARTING A NEW DIRECTION.

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    TODAY BECAUSE I AM VERY SUPPORTIVE OF OUR TROOPS AROUND THE GLOBE AND IN…

    TODAY BECAUSE I AM VERY SUPPORTIVE OF OUR TROOPS AROUND THE GLOBE AND IN PARTICULAR THOSE WHO ARE IN HARM'S WAY IN IRAQ. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT H.CON.RES. 63. MR. SPEAKER, IN THE PRESIDENT'S JANUARY 29, 2002 STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS IN REGARDS TO PROTECTING AMERICA, RESPONDING TO TERRORIST THREAT AND CAPTURING OSAMA BIN LADEN, HE SAID, THIS IS A REGIME THAT AGREEED TO INTERNATIONAL INSPECTIONS THEN KICKED OUT OUR INSPECTORS. THIS ISES A REGIME THAT HAS SOMETHING TO HIDE FROM THE CIVILIZED WORLD. STATES LIKE THESE AND THEIR TERRORIST ALLIES CONSTITUTE AN ACTIONCIES -- AXIS OF EVIL. AND BY SEEKING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, THESE REGIMES POSE A GRAVE AND GROWING DANGER. THEY COULD PROVIDE THESE HARMS TO TERRORISTS GIVING THEM THE MEANS TO MATCH THEIR HATRED. SECRETARY RICE AFTER BEING NAMED SECRETARY TO SUCCEED COLIN POWELL WARNED SIX MONTHS BEFORE THE INVASION IN IRAQ THAT SADDAM HUSSEIN COULD DEPLOY A NUCLEAR WEAPON SAYING THAT THE ADMINISTRATION DID NOT WANT A SMOKING GUN. WE WANT TO KNOW AS NEW YORKERS WHEN WILL WE FIND OSAMA BIN LADEN? THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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    MR. SPEAKER, AS THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS SHOWED IRAQ IS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE…

    MR. SPEAKER, AS THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS SHOWED IRAQ IS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE WEIGHING ON AMERICA'S MINDS, A VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE NATION STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO SEND NEARLY 21,500 ADDITIONAL TROOPS INTO IRAQ AND A BIPARTISAN MAJORITY IN THIS CONGRESS HAS ALSO VOICED ITS OPPOSITION TO THIS MEASURE. THIS WEEK HERE IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE WE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS OUR OPINIONS ON THE TROOP ESCALATION AND THEN WE WILL HAVE TO VOTE WHETHER OR NOT WE SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT A DEBATE, AND WHILE THERE'S ONE GOING ON IN THIS HOUSE, THE SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP CONTINUES TO BLOCK DEBATE IN THE SENATE. ONE HAS TO WONDER WHAT SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADERS ARE SO WORRIED ABOUT? AFTER ALL, REPUBLICAN SENATORS LIKE JOHN WARNER AND CHUCK HAGEL JOINED WITH DEMOCRATS TO PROPOSE THEIR OWN RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE TROOP ESCALATION. ARE SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADERS REALLY WILLING TO STIFLE THE VOICES OF THEIR OWN REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SO THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE TO PROTECT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION? IT'S TIME FOR REAL DEBATE. IT'S TIME FOR A NEW DIRECTION ON THIS WAR.

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    THE DEBATE TAKING PLACE HERE IN THE HOUSE THIS WEEK IS LONG OVERDUE, WE…

    THE DEBATE TAKING PLACE HERE IN THE HOUSE THIS WEEK IS LONG OVERDUE, WE ARE APPROACHING OUR FIFTH YEAR OF THIS WAR AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME CONGRESS IS DEBATING THE STRATEGY PRESIDENT BUSH WANTS TO IMPLEMENT IN IRAQ. CONGRESS CAN NO LONGER STAND ON THE SIDELINES AND THE PRESIDENT HAS TO KNOW THAT TO ESCALATE THE WAR IN IRAQ IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. THE PRESIDENT HOPES THIS TROOP ESCALATION PLAN WILL HELP SECURE BAGHDAD AND REDUCE THE SECTARIAN VIOLENCE THAT IS RIPPING THE COUNTRY APART. BUT THERE IS NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THOSE HOPES. IN FACT, ON FOUR DIFFERENT OCCASIONS THE PRESIDENT INCREASED TROOP LEVELS IN IRAQ AND EVERY TIME THESE PLANS FAILED TO CALM THE VIOLENCE IN IRAQ. ADDITIONAL TROOPS ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE BECAUSE THERE SIMPLY IS NOT A MILITARY SOLUTION TO THE WAR IN IRAQ. THE DEVASTATING SECTARIAN VIOLENCE IS GOING TO CONTINUE, BUT OUR TROOPS SHOULD NO LONGER BE ASKED TO SERVE AS REFEREES IN A BATTLE BETWEEN RELIGIOUS SECTS THAT HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR CENTURIES. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO SECTION 3 OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 157, PROCEEDINGS WILL NOW RESUME ON HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 63, WHICH THE CLERK WILL REPORT BY TITLE.

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    THE CLERK

    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 63, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DISAPPROVING OF THE…

    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 63, CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DISAPPROVING OF THE DECISION OF THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED ON JANUARY 10, 2007, TO DEPLOY MORE THAN 20,000 ADDITIONAL UNITED STATES COMBAT TROOPS TO IRAQ.

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    TIME FOR DEBATE ON THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION ON THAT DAY HAD EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO THE RESOLUTION IT IS NOW IN ORDER FOR A FURTHER PERIOD OF DEBATE. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, MR. MEEKS, AND THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. MCCOTTER, WILL EACH CONTROL SIX HOURS. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. MEEKS

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO PRESENT FOR FIVE MINUTES THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO PRESENT FOR FIVE MINUTES THE DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY WHIP, THE HONORABLE JAMES CLYBURN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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    SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, HE WAS…

    SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. MR. SPEAKER, HE WAS CONSCIENTIOUS, COMMITTED TO PEACE AND MOMENTARILY PRAISED. HIS LAURELS BUSHED IN THE BOMBINGS, HIS VALOR HASTENED UPON HIS PEOPLE. IN EULOGIZING SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL UNEXPECTLY STRUCK A CON SILL TEAR CORD TOWARD NEVILLE CHAMBERLIN. IT IS NOT GIVEN TO HUMAN BEINGS HAPPILY FOR THEM OTHERWISE LIFE WOULD BE INTOLERABLE. TO PREDICT THE UNFOLDING COURSE OF EVENTS. IN ONE PHASE MEN SEEM TO HAVE BEEN RIGHT IN ANOTHER THEY SEEM TO HAVE BEEN WRONG. WHEN THE PERSPECTIVE OF TIME HAS BEEN LENGTHENED ALL STANDS IN A DIFFERENT SETTING. THERE IS A NEW PROPORTION, ANOTHER SCALE OF VALUES. HISTORY STUMBLES ALONG THE TRAIL OF THE PAST TRYING TO RECONSTRUCT ITS SCENES AND KINDLE WITH PALE GLEAMS THE PASSION OF FORMER DAYS. WHAT IS THE WORTH OF ALL THIS? THE ONLY GUIDE TO A MAN IS HIS CONSCIENCE, THE SHIELD TO HIS MEMORY IS THE SINCERITY OF HIS ACTIONS. IT IS IMPRUDENT TO WALK THROUGH LIFE WITHOUT THIS SHIELD BECAUSE WE ARE MOCKED BY THE FAILURE OF OUR HOPES AND UPSETS OF OUR CALCULATIONS. WITH THIS SHIELD WE MARCH ALWAYS IN THE RANKS OF HONOR. MR. SPEAKER, SERVING DURING THIS DEBATE AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT TO USE MARSHAL FORCE -- INCLUDING THE UNITED NATIONS RESOLUTIONS. DURING MY TIME AS A TEVER RARE CUSTODIAN OF MY CONSTITUENTS' OFFICE I HAVE STRIVEN TOWARD THE BATTLE F OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. I HAVE FOUR TIMES TRAVELED TO IRAQ AND WITNESS TO AFGHANISTAN TO MEET WITH OUR TROOPS. VISITED WOUNDED CITIZEN SOLDIERS, CONSOLED THEIR GRIEVING FAMILIES. AH WITNESS TO COURAGE, SACRIFICE AND SUFFERING I HAVE BEEN COMPELLED TO SUPPORT EVERY PROPOSE FOR OUR MILITARY, OPPOSE POLICY INJURIOUS AND SAD RANS MY OWN IDEAS HOW TO SECURE VICTORY TO ESTABLISH CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT OVER THE COURSE OF THIS CONDUCT AND REFUSE TO CONDONE A RESOLUTION BY MY REPUBLICAN FEARS THAT FAILED TO MEET ITS DUTY AND INTRODUCED A RESOLUTION OF MY OWN TO FULFILL A DUTY TO OUR SOLDIERS AND COUNTRY. AS A STAUMPLE SUPPORTER, I DID SO IT IS MORALLY IMPERATIVE FOR EVERY SOVEREIGN AMERICAN CITIZEN AND CONGRESSIONAL SERVANTS TO ENSURE OUR VALIANT TROOPS VICTORIOUSLY COME HOME TO THEIR LOVED ONE'S ARMS. I WOULD NOT ONLY BE VIOLATING MY TROOPS AND CONSTITUENTS TRUST BY THE DICTATES OF MY CONSCIENCE. IT IS EQUALLY TRUE, OF COURSE, HOW WITHIN IN HOUSE OTHER MEMBERS DICTATES OF CONSCIENCE HAS LED THEM TO A DIFFERENT BUT EQUALLY CONSTANT COURSE OF ACTION. I SHARE THE SENTIMENT SIR WINSTON HELD. YOU ARE AN AMERICAN WORTHY WHO HOWEVER THE FACILITIES MAY PLAY WILL MARCH ALWAYS IN THE RANKS OF HONOR. YET BECAUSE THE RESOLUTION THRUST BEFORE US IS A CRAVEN EXPOSITION OF OF CRISIS, MANY MAY STRAY FROM THE RANKS OF HONOR. THIS RESOLUTION IS NONBINDING, IT HAS NO FORCE OF LAW SCHOOL TO COMPEL ACTS AND COMPLIANCE WITH ITS DICTATES. THIS RESOLUTION LEGALLY CHANGES NOTHING. AMERICANS' MONEY WILL STILL FACILITATE OUR TROOPS DEPLOYMENT INTO HARM'S WAY DESPITE THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS CONDEMNING THE PRESIDENT'S TROOP REINFORCEMENT PLAN. THIS IMPOTENT RESOLUTION IS INJURIOUS BECAUSE IT WILL JUNE MIND THE MORALE OF OUR TROOPS, THEIR FAMILIES AND CITIZENS. THIS IMPOTENT RESOLUTION WILL NOT STOP WHAT MANY OF ITS SUPPORTERS PURPORT, A LOSS OF LIFE AND LOST CAUSE. NEITHER STOPPING THE WAR NOR SPEEDING OUR VICTORY THIS RESOLUTION IS IMMORAL. THIS IMMORALITY IS MANIFEST IN HOW THE INSINEWUATION THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS CAN SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND OPPOSE THEIR MISSION. IF AN ACT IS NOT IN OUR NATIONAL INTEREST SUCH AS THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN IS DEEMED TO BE IN THIS RESOLUTION THE ACT IS INJURIOUS TO THE NATIONAL INTEREST. IT WILL EXPEND RESOURCES OR TRAGICALLY CLAIM LIVES WITHOUT FURTHERING THE CAUSE OF VICTORY. OUR TROOPS UNDERSTAND THIS. THEREFORE, THIS COPPING DOES NOT SUPPORT OUR TROOPS WHEN IT PROCLAIMS THEY ARE RISKING THEIR LIVES IN A DOOMED MISSION INJURIOUS TO AMERICA. THE MEMBERS MUST MEET THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENUMERATE THE REASONS THEY DISAPPROVE OF THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN AND THE MISSION UPON WHICH OUR TROOPS HAVE EMBARKED. THIS RESOLUTION DOES NOT PROVIDE RATIONAL FOR ITS CONCLUSION. RATHER THAN SERVING OUR COLLECTIVE CONCURRENCE, IT DESERVES UNIVERSAL CONDEMNATION. SOME WILL OBJECT. DO NOT THESE SUPPORTERS FLOOR REMARKS PROVE THE RATIONALE SUFFICIENT TO SUSTAIN THIS RESOLUTION? NO. IF FLOOR REMARKS ARE SUFFICIENT TO SUSTAIN THE CONCLUSION, FLOOR REMARKS COULD DEROGATE THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN. CONVERSELY IF IT IS IMPERATIVE FOR THE DETRACTORS TO EXPRESS THEIR OPPOSITION IN A WRITTEN RESOLUTION THAT IS IMPERATIVE TO EXPRESS THEIR REASONS IN WRITING. ALAS, THIS PALES IN SOME OF THE MEMBERS. A VOTE OF DISAPPROVAL ON THE 'S PLAN WILL SET THE STAGE FOR ADDITIONAL IRAQ LEGISLATION WHICH WILL BE COMING TO THE HOUSE FLOOR. NO ONE PARTICIPATED IN THE CRAFTING OF THIS AGENDA ONE WONDERS IF IT WILL CUT OFF FUNDING FOR OUR TROOPS IN HARM'S WAY OR CRITICAL RECONSTRUCTION FUNDING IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS BILL TOPPLING AN ESSENTIAL PILLAR OF THE PRESIDENT'S NEW VICTORY STRATEGY AND PROVING THE PRESENT RESOLUTION. WHY WE WONDER AND WORRY THERE IS A STRATEGY TO MAKE THIS RUMORED LEGISLATIVE PLAN PALATABLE TO THE PUBLIC. THIS STRATEGY'S TACTICS WHICH ITS INSTIGATORS ARE HAPPY TO REPORT TO THE MEDIA ARE REPUTED TO INCLUDE A MULTIMILLION TV CAMPAIGN BY LEFTIST SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS. THERE LURKS A JEALOUS VELANDEHAM. INSTEAD, LET'S EXAMINE A PREVIOUS RESOLUTION TO GLEAM THE POTENTIALITIES OF THE BRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SECRET LEGISLATIVE PLAN. THE FOLLOWING PASSAGES ARE EXERTED FROM THE PREVIOUS RESOLUTION ALBEIT MORE FORLT RIGHTLY OPPOSES THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF'S DECISION. QUOTE THIS CONVENTION DECLARES AS THECEPS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AFTER FOUR YEARS OF FAILURE OF THE EXPERIMENT OF WAR AND NECESSITY OF WAR POWER HIGHER THAN THE CONSTITUTION THE CONSTITUTION HAS BEEN DISREGARDED IN EVERY PART AND PUBLIC LIBERTY TRODEN DOWN AND THE MATERIAL PROSPERITY OF THE COUNTRY ESSENTIALLY PREPARED JUST AS HUMANITY, LIBBLET AND THE PUBLIC WELFARE DEMAND IMMEDIATE EFFORTS BE MADE FOR CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES AT THE EARLIEST PRACTICAL MOMENTS. THIS PREVIOUS RESOLUTION EXPRESSES ITS SUPPORTS FOR OUR TROOPS IN HARM WAY, QUOTE, RESOLVED THAT THE SYMPATHY OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS EXTENDED TO TO SOLDS WHO ARE AND HAVE BEEN IN THE FIELD AND ON THE SEA UNDER THE FLAG OF OUR COUNTRY. IN THE EVENTS OF ITS ATTAINING POWER THEY WILL RECEIVE CARE PROTECTION AND CARE THAT SOLDIERS HAVE SO NOBLY EARNED. END QUOTE. THIS PREVIOUS RESOLUTION IS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY PLATFORM OF 186 WILL. IF THE PAST IS PROLOGUE LET US BE FIRM. IF THE RESOLUTION'S SUPPORTED SUPPRESS A VICTORY STRATEGY OR OTHERWISE FOR IRAQ, THESE PUBLIC SERVANTS MUST IMMEDIATELY REVEAL IT TO THE SOVEREIGN CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES. IF THEY REFUSE, THEY WILL INCUR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S INFERENCE. THIS PLAN ASSUMES AND HASTEN OUR DEFEAT IN IRAQ. HOW ELSE COULD ONE EXPLAIN THESE INDIVIDUALS ALREADY HAVING A LEGISLATIVE PLAN AND ACCOMPANYING MEDIA PLAN PREMISED UPON OUR TROOP REINFORCEMENT'S FAILURE? AND DOING SO REGARDLESS OF POTENTIAL AMERICAN VICTORIES ON THE GROUND OR THE ADVICE OF OUR MILITARY COMMANDERS. PERHAPS THESE ANONYMOUS COMMANDER IN CHIEF WILL DUBIOUSLY COIN THEIR PLAN AN EXIT STRATEGY. IT IS AN IRRELEVANT DISTINCTION. RIGHT NOW THE ENEMY IS ACTIVELY SEEKING TO MURDER MORE AMERICAN AND IRAQI SOLDIERS AND CIVILIANS. SO RIGHT NOW AND FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE, AN EXIT FROM IRAQ IS A DEFEAT IN IRAQ. WHAT EVERYONE PRETENDS TO THE CONTRARY ONE WILL NEVER CONVINCE OUR ENEMIES OTHERWISE. YES, IT IS ALL TOO HUMAN TO WISH THE WORLD WERE DIFFERENT. ALL TOO HUMAN TO RATIONALIZE AWAY ONE'S MISGUIDED ACTIONS. BEING COMPOSED OF FRAIL, FALLIBLE HUMAN BEINGS, EVEN GREAT ASSEMBLIES SUCH AS THIS HAVE SUCCUMBED TO THE TEMPTATION. WE MUST NOT. RIGHTING BELL BEFORE CHURCHILL'S EULOGY OF CHAMBERLAIN AND TO THE CONTRARY WARNING THE BRITISH PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVE OF HOW HISTORY WAS PITYLESS. GEORGE DANGERFIELD ASSESSED HIS NATIONAL LEADERS' MISMANAGEMENT OF STATE AFFAIRS DURING THE PREGREAT WAR YEARS OF 1910 THROUGH 1914, QUOTE, ALONG THAT ROW OF DISTINGUISHED AND ORIGINAL FACES THAT WERE PASSED FROM TIME TO TIME AS LIGHTLY AS A SHADOW UPON THE WATERS, AN ALARMING AND ALIEN SPIRIT, A SPIRIT DANGEROUS AND INDEFINITE. THE SPIRIT OF WHIMSY. IN THE HUSH OF CRISIS AND THE TUMULTUOUS OF ABUSE, OR WHEN THE STUFFY AIR OF THE COMMON SEEMED ALMOST TO GLITTER WITH THE SHINING SALT RIPPLES OF SARCASM, THERE IT PLAYED AIRY, REMOTE, AND IRRESPONSIBLE. END QUOTE. IS THIS INCOULD HE HATE ANGST OVER HISTORY'S FIND VERDICT THE REASON SOME SUPPORTERS OF THIS RESOLUTION HAVE TAKEN TO THIS FLOOR THOUGH NOT IN THIS RESOLUTION ITSELF AND VERBALLY PROFESSED THREE KEY DEFENSES OF THEIR DECISION. ONE DEFESS THEY WERE MISLED INTO SUPPORTING AN IRAQI REGIME CHANGE BECAUSE OF THE FALSE CLAIM IT DID OR MIGHT POSSESS WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. MERS MERCIFULLY LET US STIMULATE THESE ELECTIVE OFFICIALS PERFORMED THEIR DUE DILIGENCE ON THE MATTER AND ESPECIALLY FOR OUR DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES SO SITUATED THEY DID NOT OVERLY TRUST THE MAN SO MANY OF THEM HAD ACCUSED OF STEALING A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. AGAIN THERE WERE NUMEROUS JUSTIFIABLE REASONS FOR AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO MILITARY EXECUTE A REGIME CHANGE IN IRAQ. AS THOSE REASONS ARE WRITTEN IN THAT RESOLUTION, I WILL NOT DWELL UPON THEM FOR THEY DO NOT CONSTITUTE THE CRUX OF THE MATTER WHICH IS THIS. THE WAR AIM OF REGIME CHANGE WAS A SUCCESS. IT IS THE POSTWAR FAILURE OF IRAQI RECONSTRUCTION BREEDING OUR PRESENT PERILS. THUS EVEN IF A MEMBER OF CONGRESS CAN BE EXCUSED FOR AUTHORIZING FORCE ON THE BASIS OF BEING MISLED, THE MEMBER OF CONGRESS CANNOT BE EXCUSED FOR FAILING TO DEMAND ADEQUATE POSTWAR RECONSTRUCTION PLANNING. NOR FOR A THREE-YEAR FAILURE TO DEMAND CONSTRUCTIVE CHANGES TO AN INADEQUATE POSTWAR RECONSTRUCTION PLAN. DOVETAILING WITH THIS DEFENSE SOME OF THE RESOLUTION SUPPORTERS NOW CLAIM THEIR INITIAL ARDOR FOR REGIME CHANGE WAS A MISTAKE BECAUSE THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BOTCHED IRAQI RECONSTRUCTION AND THE FLING LING DEMOCRACY IS NOW IN A STATE OF CIVIL WAR. THIS ARGUMENT HAS THE MERIT OF BEING PARTIALLY CORRECT FOR DESPITE THE HARD LEARNED LESSONS OF OUR NATION'S FORMER SUCCESSES IN DOING SO, THIS ADMINISTRATION UTTERLY FAILED TO COMPREHEND AND IMPLEMENT THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF RECONSTRUCTING A DEFEATED, BILL LIDGE RANT NATION. IMPORTANTLY THIS DOES NOT PRECLUDE RECONSTRUCTING IRAQ NOW. WHILE RIFE WITH SECTARIAN VIOLENCE, MUCH OF IT INSTIGATED AND PERPETUATE INTERESTED EXTERNAL ELEMENTS, IRAQ IS NOT IN A CIVIL WAR. RELATIVE CALM EXISTS IN MOST OF THE NATION'S PROVINCES AND IF ONE DARES TO LOOK THERE ARE AGONIZINGLY SLOW BUT INCREMENTAL PROGRESS IN ESTABLISHMENT OF ORDER. THIS WILL BE EXPEDITED BY THE ADMINISTRATION'S NEW PLAN WHICH FINALLY INCORPORATES THE TWO FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF IRAQI OR ANY RECONSTRUCTION PLAN. ONE, A LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY EVOLVED UPWARD FROM HIS TRADITIONAL ROOTS OF ORDER NOT FROM A CENTRALIZED BUREAUCRATIC GOVERNMENT DOWNWARD. TWO, A NATION'S TRANSFORMATIONAL EVOLUTION INTO A LIBERAL DEMOCRACY BUS CONTEEM PRAINOUSLY PROVIDE TRANSACTIONAL BENEFITS TO ITS CITIZENS. THESE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED THROUGH CRITICAL INITIATIVES SUCH AS RECONSTRUCTION TEAMS AND ACCORD ON OIL AND REVENUE ALLOCATIONS AND NATIONAL RECONCILIATION PROCESS AMONGST OTHERS. BUT TO EARN THE SUPPORT OF TERRORIZED IRAQIS SECURITY MUST FIRST BE ESTABLISHED SO THEY MAY COMMENCE THE SECURING OF LIBERTY. THIS IS WHY THE TROOP REINFORCEMENT IS REQUIRED AND WHY THE TWIN PILLARS OF REINFORCEMENT AND GRASSROOTS RECONSTRUCTION CAN ACHIEVE A JOINT AMERICAN AND IRAQI VICTORY OVER THE ENEMIES OF LIBERTY. THE FACT OF OUR VICTORY IS IT MUST BE WON WITH THE HELP OF IRAQIS. WHICH IS DISCONSEQUENCE SERTING TO MANY THIS RESOLUTION SUPPORTERS WHO BELIEVE THE IRAQIS ARE UNWILLING TO FIGHT FOR THEIR FREEDOM AND ARE INCAPABLE OF PERPETUATING IT ONCE IT IS SECURED. THIS ARGUMENT OFTEN INSECTS WITH THE CHARGE OUR MISSION IN IRAQ HAS UNTENABLY SHIFTED FROM AFFECT WAITING REGREEM CHANGE TO EREEKTING A MODEL DEMOCRACY. FOR THE ABOVE REASONS THEY THINK THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE. THIS DEPLORABLE ARGUMENT IS ANTITHETICAL TO THE SELF-EVIDENT TRUTHS WITTEN INTO OUR OWN DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. IT IS NOT WITHOUT PRECEDENT. LET US REFERENCE ANOTHER RESOLUTION, THIS ONE OPPOSING A MILITARY MISSION CREEPING TOWARD A DECIDEDLY DIFFERENT GOAL. RESOLVED, THAT THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS AS UNWARRANTED IN MILITARY AS IN CIVIL LAW. A GUY DWANTIC USURP PASSION COMMENCED BY THE ADMINISTRATION FOR THE VINDICATION OF THE AUTHORITY OF THE CONSTITUTION INTO A CRUSADE FOR THE SUDDEN UNCONDITIONAL AND VIOLENT LIBERATION OF THREE MILLION NEGRO SLAVES, A RESULT WHICH WOULD NOT OVERWHELM BE A SUSH VERSION OF THE FEDERAL UNION BUT AN EVOLUTION OF THE SOCIAL ORGANIZATION OF THE SOUTHERN STATES. THE PRESENT' FAR-REACHING CONSEQUENCES OF WHICH TO BOTH RACE CAN NOT BE CONTEMPLATED WITHOUT THE MOST DISMAL FOREBODING OF HORROR AND DISMAY. THE PROCLAMATION INVITES SUR VIAL INSURRECTION AS AN ELEMENT IN THIS EMANCIPATION CRUSADE. IT IS A MEANS OF WARFARE. THE INHUMANITY OF WHICH ARE WITHOUT EXAMPLE IN CIVILIZED WARFARE AND WHICH WE DENOUNCE AND WHICH THE CIVILIZED WORLD WILL DENOUNCE AS AN UNEFFACEABLE DISGRACE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, END QUOTE. SO MUCH FOR PROGNOSTICATION FORCE THE PEACE DEMOCRAT CONTROLLED ILLINOIS LEGISLATURES' 1863 RESOLUTION. THANKFULLY BY THE GRACE OF GOD AND THE SACRIFICE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IT WAS THIS ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE NOT OUR AFRICAN-AMERICAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS OR OUR NATION'S GREAT EMANCIPATOR WHO ARE TO BE DENOUNCED BY THE CIVILIZED WORMED FOR ALL ETERNITY. WHAT OF OUR LEGISLATIVE BODY? NOW RESURRECTS THE SPECTER OF OUR OWN JUDGMENT WHICH HOVERS ABOVE AND SHADOWS US AS WE SEEK TO ENSURE WE ARE NOT FOREVER WEIGHED IN THE BALANCE AND FOUND WANTING. IT IS AS IT SHOULD BE, AS IT MUST BE. FOR NOTWITHSTANDING ITS NONBINDING NATURE EVEN AFTER THIS RESOLUTION'S DISPOSITION OUR DUTY DEMANDS TO MAKE MORAL DECISIONS AFFECTING OUR NATION'S VICTORY AND DEFEAT AND OUR FELLOW CITIZENS' LIVES AND DEATHS. IS THIS NOT WHY EVEN WHILE BEARING MALL LIST TOWARDS NONE OF THEM, DE -- MALICE TOWARDS NONE OF THEM, OUR OWN MALIGNED PRESIDENT WARNED HIS OPPONENTS HISTORY IS A HARSH MYSTERY. QUOTE, IS IT DOUBTED THEN THAT THE PLAN I PROPOSE IF ADOPTED WOULD SHORTEN THE WAR AND THUS LESSEN ITS EXPENDITURE OF MONEY AND OF BLOOD? IS IT DOUBTED IT WOULD RESTORE THE NATIONAL AUTHORITY AND NATIONAL PROSPERITY AND PERPETUATE BOTH INDEFINITELY? IS IT DOUBTED THAT WE HERE, CONGRESS AND EXECUTIVE, CAN SECURE ITS ADOPTION? WILL NOT THE GOOD PEOPLE RESPOND TO A UNITED AND EARNEST APPEAL FROM US? CAN WE, THEY, BY ANY OTHER MEANS SO CERTAINLY OR SPEEDILY ASSURE THESE VITAL OBJECTS? WE CAN SUCCEED ONLY BY CONCERT. IT IS NOT CAN ANY OF THUS IMAGINE BETTER BUT CAN WE ALL DO BETTER? OBJECTION WHATSOEVER IS POSSIBLE, STILL THE QUESTION RECURS CAN WE DO BETTER? THE DOGMAS OF THE QUIET PAST ARE INADEQUATE TO THE STORMY PRESENT, THE OCCASION IS PILED HIGH WITH DIFFICULTY AND WE MUST RISE TO THE OCCASION. AS OUR CASE IS NEW, SO WE MUST THINK ANEW AND ACT ANEW. WE MUST DISENTHALLED OURSELVES, AND THEN WE SHALL SAVE OUR COUNTRY. FELLOW CITIZENS, WE CANNOT ESCAPE HISTORY, WE HAVE OF THIS CONGRESS AND THIS ADMINISTRATION WILL BE REMEMBERED IN SPITE OF OURSELVES. NO PERSONAL SIGNIFICANT OR INCISION CAN SPARE ONE OR ANOTHER OF US. THE FIERY TRIAL THROUGH BY WE PASS WILL LIGHT US DOWN THROUGH HONOR OR DISHONOR TO THE LATEST GENERATION. WE SAY WE ARE FOR THE UEON. WE KNOW HOW TO SAVE THE UNION. THE WORLD KNOWS WE KNOW HOW TO SAVE IT IT. WE ARE EVEN HERE, WE HERE HOLD THE POWER AND BEAR THE RESPONSIBILITY IN GIVING FREEDOM TO THE SLAVE WE ASSURE FREEDOM TO THE FREE, HONORABLE ALIKE IN WHAT WE AND WHAT WE PRESERVE. WE SHALL NOBLY SAVE OR MAINLY LOOSE THE LAST BEST HOPE OF EARTH. OTHER MEANS MAY SUCCEED THIS COULD NOT FAIL, THE WAY IS PLAIN, PEACEFUL, GENEROUS, JUST AWAY WHICH IT FOLLOWED, AND GOD MUST FOREVER BLESS. MY FRIENDS, HISTORY HARKENS YOUR HONORABLE HEARTS TO RECONSIDER SUPPORTING THIS IMMORAL RESOLUTION. IF ONE BELIEVE ALL HUMAN BEINGS ARE EQUALLY GOD'S CHILDREN WHETHER THEY BE FREE OR YEARNING TO BE FREE, ONE CANNOT AFTER A CRUEL SIP OF HOPE CONDEMN 20 MILLION OF GOD'S EQUALLY BELOVE CHILDREN TO SLAUGHTER. IF SOMEONE SUPPORTS OUR TROOPS ONE CANNOT DERIDE THEIR CAUSES. IF ONE SEEKS OUR VICTORY IN THE WAR ON TERROR, ONE CANNOT ADVOCATE A RETREAT AND DEFEAT IN THE FACE OF OUR ENEMY. MY FRIENDS THROUGH THE FOG OF WAR OUR FIERY TRIAL ILL LUMES AND CREEPS EVER NEARER ALONG THE TRAIL. RATHER THAN CURSE THE DARKNESS AND DREAD THE ECHOES OF HISTORY'S VERDICT, LET US ACQUIT OURSELVES WITH LASTING HONOR BY LEADING OUR SEARCHING NATION THROUGH THESE TRYING TRANSFORMATIONAL TIMES AND INTO A TRIUMPHAL TOMORROW. LET US EARN THE ESTEEM OF THE LATEST AND LATER GENERATIONS OF ALL FREE PEOPLE BY REAFFIRMING OUR REVOLUTIONARY REPUBLIC, CHERISHES THE SELF-EVIDENT TRUTH ALL HUMAN BEINGS YEARN TO BREATHE FREE. LET US IN OUR NATION'S FINEST TRADITIONINGS AND TRUTHS REMOVE THE IRAQI PEOPLE'S BONDS OF OPPRESSION AND REPLACE THEM WITH FREE AND SECURE PEOPLES. LET US IN THE FACE OF TERROR MARCH ALWAYS IN THE RANKS OF HONOR AND COURAGEOUSLY AND SELFLESSLY SECURE THE IRAQI PEOPLE'S BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY AND IN SO DOING SECURE OUR OWN BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY FOR UNNAMED GENERATIONS OF AMERICAN CHILDREN. MR. SPEAKER, SPLI COGNIZANT OF MY MORAL DUTY TO OUR TROOPS, MY COUNTRY, AND CREATOR I CANNOT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION WHICH IS INJURIOUS TO THE CAUSE OF OUR NATION'S VICTORY AND PATENTLY IMPORL MORAL. I URGE THIS -- IMMORAL. AND URGE THE REJECTION OF THIS RESOLUTION. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. MEEKS

    UNDERSTANDING WE ARE HERE, A SEPARATE BUT EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT.…

    UNDERSTANDING WE ARE HERE, A SEPARATE BUT EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. EXECUTIVE DOES ITS THING. WE DO OURS. PART OF OUR RESPONSIBILITY IS TO DEBATE, INVESTIGATE, AND EVALUATE WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAYS. AND THAT'S SIMPLY -- AND NOT SIMPLY RUBBER STAMP WHAT HE SAYS. OVER THE NEXT THREE DAYS WHAT WE ARE DOING IS OUR JOBS AND WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ELECTED US TO DO. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, THE CHIEF DEPUTY WHIP, THE HONORABLE JAN SCHAKOWSKY.

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    MS. SCHAKOWSKY

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE ON BEHALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS IN…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I RISE ON BEHALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS IN ILLINOIS TO SAY A -- AS STRONGLY AS POSSIBLE FOR MYSELF AND FOR THEM THAT WE REJECT PRESIDENT BUSH'S DECISION TO DEPLOY MORE THAN 20,000 ADDITIONAL UNITED STATES COMBAT TROOPS TO IRAQ. TRAGICALLY THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ADMINISTRATION ARE DEALING WITH AN IRAQ THAT EXISTS ONLY IN THEIR IMAGINATION. BOB HERBERT SAID IT WELL IN MONDAY'S "NEW YORK TIMES," QUOTE, WE NEED TO STOP PRETENDING THERE IS SOMETHING SANE ABOUT CONTINUED U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN THIS RUINOUS WAR. WE KEEP SENDING TROOPS INTO THE COMBAT ZONE AND THEY KEEP SINKING EVER DEEPER INTO THE ANCIENT, MIDDLE EAST SAND. TO KEEP SENDING YOUNG PEOPLE OFF TO DIE IN A WAR THAT EVERYBODY KNOWS IS POINTLESS IS CRIME CAL, UNQUOTE. EACH TIME THAT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS PROCLAIMED WE MUST STAY THE COURSE BECAUSE THE WAR HAS JUST REACHED A TURNING POINT, THAT TURN HAS LED TO A DEAD END. MAY, 2003, PRESIDENT BUSH DECLARED MISH ACCOMPLISHED. BY THE END OF 2003 486 OF OUR TROOPS WERE DEAD AND 2,408 WERE WOUNDED, YET WE STAYED THE COURSE IN IRAQ. IN JUNE, 2004, PRESIDENT BUSH SAID, QUOTE, WE ARE HANDING OVER AUTHORITY TO A SOVEREIGN IRAQI GOVERNMENT, A TURNING POINT WILL COME IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS. UNQUOTE. BY THE END OF 2004, 1,334 OF OUR TROOPS WERE KILLED. AND 10,408 WERE WOUNDED. YET WE STAYED THE COURSE IN IRAQ. IN JUNE, 2005, VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY SAID, I THINK THEY ARE IN THE LAST THROWS -- THROES OF THE INSURGENCY. AND IN ZOSE, 2005, PRESIDENT BUSH SAID, QUOTE, THE YEAR 2005 WILL BE RECORDED AS A TURNING POINT IN THE HISTORY OF IRAQ, THE HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST, AND THE HISTORY OF FREEDOM, UNQUOTE. BY THE END OF 2005, 2,180 OF OUR TROOPS WERE KILLED AND 16,354 WERE WOUNDED AND YET WE STAYED THE COURSE IN IRAQ. IN MAY, 2006, PRESIDENT BUSH CALLED THE FORMATION OF A NEW IRAQI GOVERNMENT A TURNING POINT. BY THE END OF 2006 3,001 OF OUR TROOPS WERE KILLED AND 22,736 WERE WOUNDED AND YET WE STAYED THE COURSE IN IRAQ. AND JUST LAST MONTH VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY PROCLAIMED, WELL, I THINK IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT'S TRANSPIRED IN IRAQ WE HAVE IN FACT MADE ENORMOUS PROGRESS, UNQUOTE. AND PRESIDENT BUSH TOLD US THAT HIS NEW STRATEGY TO ESCALATE THE WAR IN IRAQ, QUOTE, WILL CHANGE AMERICA'S COURSE IN IRAQ AND HELP US SUCCEED IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERROR, UNQUOTE. SINCE THOSE REMARKS, MADE JUST DAYS AGO, MORE THAN 120 TROOPS ARE DEAD, AND ONCE AGAIN WE ARE BEING ASKED TO STAY THE COURSE IN IRAQ. MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE WANT TO CHARACTERIZE THIS TROOP INCREASE THE FOURS ESCALATION AS A NEW DIRECTION. BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW BETTER. THEY RECOGNIZE STAY THE COUSE WHEN THEY SEE IT AND THEY'RE SAYING NO. THE ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES THE CHARADE THAT IF YOU DON'T SUPPORT THIS WAR AND THIS ESCALATION THEN YOU DON'T SUPPORT THE TROOPS. SHAME ON THEM. IT IS THEY WHO HAVE FAILED TO SERVE THE TROOPS WHO HAVE SERVED US SO WELL. FROM DAY ONE OUR TROOPS WERE SENT INTO THE WAR THEATER WITHOUT THE PROPER EQUIPMENT TO MAXIMIZE THEIR SAFETY. FAMILIES HAVE BAKE SALES TO BUY THEIR LOVED ONES BETTER VESTS AND HELMETS. JUST LAST MONTH THE PENTAGON'S INSPECTOR GENERAL FOUND THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO PROPER EQUIP THE TROOPS IT ALREADY HAS WITH ENOUGH GUNS AND AMMUNITION TO EFFECTIVELY COMPLETE THEIR MISSION. IMAGINE, THIS WAR IS COSTING $12 MILLION EVERY HOUR, 24/7 FOR FOUR YEARS, NEARLY $500 BILLION AND OUR SOLDIERS DON'T HAVE ENOUGH BODY ARMOR, AMMUNITION, COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT? IF OUR TROOPS ARE NOT THE PRIORITY, WHO IS? HALLIBURTON, OTHER CHUMS OF THE PRESIDENT. DON'T LECTURE US ABOUT CARING FOR THE TROOPS. THE EXECIVE DIRECTOR OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS SAID, QUOTE, THERE ARE NOT NEARLY ENOUGH TRANSITIONAL CARE SERVICES, JOB PLACEMENT, HOUSING, IT IS NOT THERE, END QUOTE. $12 MILLION AN HOUR AND OUR VETERANS ARE RETURNING HOME WITHOUT THE PROPER CARE THEY NEED? OUR SUPPORT OF THE TROOPS COMPELS US TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AGAINST THE ESCALATION. WE DHONDT SEND OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM TO DIE IN THE MEAT GRINDER THAT IS IRAQ AND PUT THEM IN THE CROSS-HAIRS OF A CIVIL WAR. SPEAKER PELOSI HAS SAID THAT OUR GOAL IS TO END THIS WAR. WE CAN BEGIN RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW BY PASSING THIS RESOLUTION. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. MEEKS

    ON THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, DRISS VALHOLEN.

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    MR. VAN HOLLEN

    THE GENTLEMAN. NEXT MONTH WE WILL START THE FIFTH YEAR OF THE WAR IN IRAQ.…

    THE GENTLEMAN. NEXT MONTH WE WILL START THE FIFTH YEAR OF THE WAR IN IRAQ. MANY OF US URGED THE PRESIDENT TO TAKE A DIFFERENT COURSE THE WHITE HOUSE IGNORED THOSE APPEALS FOR RESTRAINT. THE PRESIDENT'S MANTRA WAS, AND THESE ARE HIS WORDS, "BRING IT ON." FOR ALMOST FOUR YEARS AFTER THE INVASION, THE PRESIDENT HAD A RUBBER-STAMP CONGRESS RIGHT HERE THAT NEVER SERIOUSLY QUESTIONED HIS MISGUIDED POLICIES IN IRAQ. IT WAS THE SEE NO PROBLEMS, HEAR NO PROBLEMS, CONDUCT NO OVERSIGHT CONGRESS. WHEN THE PRESIDENT STOOD BELOW THE BANNER, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, ABOARD THE U.S.S. ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN MAY 2003 THE RUBBER-STAMP CONGRESS BELIEVED THE SLOGANS RATHER THAN FACTS ON THE GROUND. WHEN VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY DECLARED THE INSURGENCY WAS, QUOTE, IN ITS FINAL THROWS, BACK IN MAY 2005, THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS ACCEPTED THAT VERDICT WITHOUT QUESTION. WHEN THE PRESIDENT UNVEILED HIS SO-CALLED PLAN FOR VICTORY AT THE NAVAL ACADEMY IN NOVEMBER 2005 THE OLD CONGRESS DUTYFULLY PARROTED THE TALKING POINTS SENT DOWN FROM THE OTHER END OF PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE. THE DAYS OF THE RUBBER-STAMP CONGRESS ARE NOW OVER. THIS CONGRESS WILL NO LONGER SERVE AS THE MOUTHPIECE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE. THIS CONGRESS IS FINALLY STANDING UP TO DO ITS JOB AS A SEPARATE AND CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE MESSAGE FROM THE LAST ELECTION WAS CLEAR. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE AN UNCANNY ABILITY TO CUT THROUGH THE SLOGANS AND GET TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER. THEY UNDERSTOOD CLEARLY THAT MORE OF THE SAME IN IRAQ WAS NOT WORKING. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHAT BOTH GENERAL CASEY AND GENERAL ABIZAID HAVE TOLD US. THEY THE ESCALATION OF MORE TROOPS IN IRAQ IS NOT THE ANSWER. THEY IT WILL MAKE MATTERS WORSE, NOT BETTER. INCREASING THE NUMBER OF AMERICAN TROOPS IN IRAQ WILL PUT OFF THE DAY THE IRAQIS, SHIIA, SUNNIS, KURDS, MUST MAKE THE DIFFICULT COMPROMISES TO ACHIEVE POLITICAL AND NATIONAL RELATION. IT WILL ONLY LEAD TO FURTHER VIOLENCE AND MORE AMERICAN AND MORE IRAQ CASUALTIES. IT IS TIME FOR THE IRAQIS TO ASSUME MORE RESPONSIBILITY, NOT LESS. THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN WRONG ABOUT THIS WAR FROM THE BEGINNING AND IT IS WRONG WITH RESPECT TO ITS PROPOSED COURSE OF ACTION NOW. THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE BIPARTISAN, INDEPENDENT BAKER-HAMILTON COMMISSION REPRESENT THE BEST WAY FORWARD IN IRAQ. TO THOSE WHO WOULD SUGGEST THAT HAVING THIS DEBATE WILL UNDERMINE OUR TROOPS I SAY SHAME ON YOU. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, GENERAL PETER PACE PUT THAT CAN NARD TO REST LAST WHEEK WHEN HE SAID, I QUOTE, THERE IS NO DOUBT THE DIALOGUE IN WASHINGTON STRENGTHENS OUR DEMOCRACY. END OF QUOTE. OUR MEN AND WOMEN FIGHTING IN IRAQ UNDERSTAND THE VIE BRAN SI OF THIS DEMOCRACY AND UNDERSTAND IT IS OUR DUTY IN THIS CONGRESS TO EXERCISE OUR BEST JUDGMENT FOR AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY. WHAT HAS HARMED OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS NOT THE DEBATE IN IRAQ, BUT THE LACK OF SERIOUS OVERSIGHT OVER THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S DECISIONS AND CONDUCT. WHAT EMBOLDENS OUR ENEMY IS NOT THE EXERCISE OF OUR DEMOCRACY, BUT MISGUIDED POLICIES THAT HAVE WEAKENED OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS WEAKENED WHEN OUR CREDIBILITY AROUND THE WORLD IS UNDERMINED BY FALSE CLAIMS REGARDING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS WEAKENED WHEN THE CHAOS IN IRAQ ALLOWS IRAN TO GREATLY EXPAND ITS INFLUENCE IN THE REGION. OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS WEAKENED WHEN AMERICA'S DIMINISHED STANDING IN THE WORLD HAS ERODED OUR ABILITY TO INFLUENCE THE ACTIONS OF OTHERS. OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS WEAKENED BECAUSE WE HAVE DIVERTED OUR ATTENTION AWAY FROM COMPLETING THE MISSION AGAINST THE ARCHITECTS OF 9/11, AGAINST OSAMA BIN LADEN, AL QAEDA, AND THE TERRORIST NETWORK THAT CONTINUES TO OPERATE ALONG THE AFGHAN-PAKISTAN BORDER. WE MUST CHANGE COURSE. WE MUST STRENGTHEN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY POSITION NOT COMPOUND THE ERRORS WE HAVE ALREADY MADE. THAT IS WHAT THIS RESOLUTION IS ALL ABOUT. WE HOPE THE PRESIDENT WILL JOIN US IN THAT EFFORT. LET'S CHART A NEW DIRECTION NOW TOGETHER. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER.

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    AND DOZENS OF SPEECHES, SPEECHES OF EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH QUALITY ON BOTH…

    AND DOZENS OF SPEECHES, SPEECHES OF EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH QUALITY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ISSUE. I HAVE LISTENED PARTICULARLY TO THE SPEAKERS WHO WERE HERE IN 2002 WHEN THE MOMENT US THE DECISION TO GO TO -- MOMENTOUS DECISION TO GO TO WAR WAS MADE. IN OCTOBER OF 2002 THEY WERE TAKING AN UNPOPULAR POSITION, BUT CLEARLY ONE THEY BELIEVED IN. THEY DESERVE OUR RESPECT EVEN IF I DON'T AGREE WITH THAT PARTICULAR POINT OF VIEW. I WATCHED THOSE WHO VOTED IN FAVOR OF THAT TOUGH DECISION AND WATCHED AS THEY STUCK TO THAT DECISION BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE THE STAKES ARE SO IMPORTANT TO THE UNITED STATES. THEY HAVE DONE SO EVEN WHEN PUBLIC OPINION HAS TURNED AGAINST THEIR POSITION. AND I ADMIRE THAT. FRANKLY, I HAVE WATCHED SPEAKERS WHO HAVE CHANGED THEIR POSITION WHO WERE FIRST FOR THE WAR, NOW ARE OPPOSED TO IT. IT IS EASY TO DERIDE PEOPLE IN THAT POSITION. QUITE FRANKLY, I WATCH THEM AND THEY ARE ANGUISHED IN THEIR OPINIONS AND CONCLUSIONS, THEY ARE SENSITIVE, OBVIOUSLY, TO THE EASY AND CHEAP CRITICISM OF OPPORTUNITYISM. I PARTICULARLY ADMIRE THOSE, FRANKLY, IN MY OWN PARTY WHO HAVE BROKEN WITH THEIR PRESIDENT AND PARTY OVER A POSITION THEY BELIEVE IN DEEPLY. I DON'T AGREE WITH THEM, BUT I ADMIRE THEM. I DON'T ADMIRE A DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP THAT HAS BROUGHT US A RESOLUTION THAT IS DIVISIVE WITHOUT BEING DECISIVE. IT ORDERS NO ACTION. I HAVE SPOKEN AT LENGTH ON THAT AND NOT GOING INTO THAT NOW. I WANT TO FOCUS ON THE ISSUES AT STAKE. LIKE ALL OF THOSE ELECTED IN 2002, 2004, 2006, I WAS NOT PART OF THE INITIAL DECISION TO GO TO WAR, FRANKLY, I OFTEN THINK HOW FORTUNATE I WAS TO HAVE BEEN SPARED THAT RESPONSIBILITY. NONE OF US ON THIS FLOOR EVER TRULY ESCAPES RESPONSIBILITY. MY ATTITUDE REFLECTS THAT OF MY DISTRICT AND MY FATHER WHO WAS A CAREER NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICER IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY. I RECALL ONCE WHEN HE WAS TALKING ABOUT WAR, HE SUMMED IT UP SIMPLY, WHEN YOU ARE IN IT, WIN IT. THAT'S WHAT I'VE TRIED TO DO WITH MY VOICE, MY VOTE, MY ENERGY SINCE I HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO REPRESENT MY DISTRICT. I HAVE DONE SO BECAUSE FRANKLY IN SOME AREAS I HAVE SEEN PROGRESS. REMOVING SADDAM HUSSEIN FROM POWER WAS A GOOD THING AND I'M PROUD THAT WAS ACCOMPLISH AND IT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ACCOMPLISHED WITHOUT THE VALOR AND PROFESSIONALISM OF AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN IN ARMS. I'M PLEASED TO HAVE SEEN A CONSTITUTION IN IRAQ THAT IS THE ENVY OF THE ARAB WORLD. I'M PROUD TO HAVE SEEN THREE ELECTIONS TAKE PLACE, ALL WITH INCREASINGLY HIGH PARTICIPATION AND HIGHER PERCENTS THAN OUR OWN ELECTIONS. I WAS HOPEFUL WHEN A COALITION GOVERNMENT WAS FORMED WITH KURDS, SHIIA, SUNNIS AND OTHER ELEMENTS IN THE IRAQI POPULATION. I HAVE BEEN IMPRESSED WITH IRAQI FORCES THAT DO STAND AND FIGHT. MAKE NO MISTAKE, MOST OF THE FIGHTING AND DIES IS BEING DONE BY IRAQIS. THEY DESERVE OUR RESPECT. FRANKLY, I THINK LIKE ALL MERPS I WAS RELIEVED WHEN I SEE ACTORS LIKE THE LATE ZACARI, PEOPLE WHO WOULD KILL AMERICANS ANYWHERE, ANY TIME, PEOPLE NOT FROM IRAQ, BEING SOUGHT OUT WITH THE HELP OF IRAQIS AND KILLED FAR AWAY FROM OUR SHORES THAT IS IMPORTANT. I HAVE SUPPORTED THE WAR BECAUSE I FEARED THE CONSEQUENCES OF DEFEAT IN IRAQ AND BELIEVE ME THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES TO LOSING THE WAR. THESE ARE REAL. IF WE ARE NOT SUCCESSFUL IN IRAQ WE WILL HAVE AN EMBOLDENED ENEMY, NOT JUST THE TERRORISTS WE DEAL WITH, THEY ARE BAD ENOUGH. BUT ALSO THE STATES THAT USE TERRORISM AS A TOOL OF DIPLOMACY. STATES LIKE IRAN, STATES LIKE SYRIA WILL DRAW COMFORT. WE'LL HAVE DEMORALIZED FRIENDS IN THE REGION AND AROUND THE WORLD WHO WONDER WHETHER OR NOT WE CAN MAKE A COMMITMENT. A DEATH OF AN INFANT DEMOCRACY. WE WILL SEE A SECTARIAN BLOOD BATH IN IRAQ THAT WULL RESULT IN THE DEATHS OF TENS OF THOUSANDS IF NOT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF IRAQIS. WE WILL SEE A DESTABILIZE REGION IN WHICH THE UNITED STATES HAS VITAL INTERESTS AND OUR OWN SECURITY IS INTIMATELY TIED. I ACKNOWLEDGE THINGS HAVE NOT GONE IN IRAQ LIKE EVERYBODY WOULD HAVE HOPED. NO QUESTION WE UNDERESTIMATED WHAT WAS REQUIRED, NOT TO DEFEAT SADDAM, FRANKLY, THAT WAS DONE BRAZIL ATLANTALY, BUT TO SECURE -- THAT WAS DONE BRILLIANTLY, BUT TO SECURE BAGHDAD. WE UNDERESTIMATED HOW ANXIOUS PEOPLE INSIDE IRAQ WOULD BE TO SETTLE OLD SCORES INSTEAD OF TO LOOK AHEAD AND WE UNDERESTIMATED THE IMPACT OF THE DIVIDED LOYALTIES OF IRAQIS THEMSELVES WHERE SO OFTEN WE SEE SECT AGAINST SECT, ETHNICITY AGAINST ETHNICITY, TRIBE AGAINST TRIBE. THESE DIFFICULTIES AND MISTAKES DO NOT CHANGE THE CONSEQUENCES OF LOSING IN IRAQ. FOR THE REGION, FOR IRAQIS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY FOR OURSELVES. AT THIS CRITICAL POINT THE PRESIDENT HAS OFFERED A PLAN TO AVERT DEFEAT AND IF THE IRAQIS ARE UP TO THE TASK TO TURN THE TIDE. IT HAS AN AMERICAN MILITARY COMPONENT. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS RESOLUTION DEALS WITH. BUT CONTRARY TO WHAT I HAVE HEARD ON THE FLOOR, IT IS NOT A MAJOR ESCALATION IN FORCES, IT IS NOT AN EFFORT TO ALLOW THE IRAQIS TO AVOID THE FIGHTING. NOR IS IT AN EFFORT TO WIN MILITARILY. IT IS AN EFFORT TO BUY THE TIME NEEDED TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT IN IRAQ THAT WILL ALLOW IRAQISES TO SUCCEED POLITICALLY. IT WILL ALLOW THEM TO BEGIN AND PUSH TOWARD THE RECONCILIATION PROCESS AND REVIEW THE DEBAATH FICATION PROGRAMS. IT WILL ALLOW ELECTIONS TO TAKE PLACE, OIL REVENUE TO BE DISTRIBUTED MORE EQUITABLY, IRAQIS UNITS TIME TO TRAIN AND STAND UP AND FIGHT AND MORE PROFESSIONALLY AND PROFICIENTLY THAN THEY HAVE. THE U.S. FORCE IS INDISPENSABLE IN ACHIEVING THESE MEASURES. BUT IT WILL NOT BE AND NOT INTENDED TO BE DECISIVE. WHAT WILL WIN OR LOSE IN IRAQ ULTIMATELY ARE IRAQI POLITICIANS. CAN THEY PUT THEIR DIFFERENCES ASIDE? IRAQI SOLDIERS, CAN THEY FIGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY INSTEAD OF AGAINST ONE ANOTHER? AND THE IRAQI PEOPLE. CAN THEY PUT ASIDE THE DIFFERENCES AND DEMAND BETTER LEADERSHIP THEY HAVE RECEIVED THUS FAR FROM THEIR OWN PEOPLE. SOME WILL SAY THIS IS A HOPELESS TASK. OUR MILITARY LEADERS AND TROOPS IN THE FIELD DON'T TELL US THAT. GENERAL PETRAEUS, A MAN WHOM ALL SIDES ACKNOWLEDGE AS A DEDICATED AND GREAT PATRIOT TELLS US HE THINKS THIS IS AN ACHIEVEABLE MISSION IF HE HAS THE FORCES HE NEEDS TO SUCCEED. THE AVERAGE SOLDIERS I TALK TO FROM MY DISTRICT ALSO TELL ME THEY BELIEVE THIS IS DOABLE. BUT THEY WANT US IN CONGRESS AND IN THIS COUNTRY TO HAVE THE POLITICAL RESOLVE TO MATCH THEIR PERSONAL COURAGE. HISTORY TEACHES US THAT FREEDOM IS A POWERFUL FORCE. WE SHOULD TRUST IT. AND IT ALSO TEACHES US SOMETIMES IT NEEDS OUTSIDE HELP. ALL OF US AS AMERICANS ARE JUSTLY PROUD OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. WE OFTEN FORGET IT TOOK A FRENCH FLEET, ARMY, AND BUTCH MONEY TO FINALLY FINISH THE JOB. MR. SPEAKER, BECAUSE I BELIEVE THE CONSEQUENCES OF LOSING IN IRAQ ARE HORRIBLE FOR IRAQIS, FOR AMERICANS, AND FOR THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY AND OUR FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD, BECAUSE I THINK THAT WE, THE IRAQIS AND THE AMERICANS TOGETHER, CAN STILL WIN, BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT DEFEAT HAS CATASTROPHIC CONSEQUENCES FOR THE UNITED STATES, I URGE THE REJECTION OF THIS RESOLUTION AND SUPPORT THE CAUSE THAT OUR FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN ARE SO NOBLY ADVANCING IN IRAQ. WITH THAT I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:16:21 AM

    MR. MEEKS

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IT IS MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME IT IS MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHAIR OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE, THE HONORABLE ROSA DELAURO.

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  • 11:16:39 AM

    MS. DELAURO

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK THE CONGRESS FINALLY TAKES UP ITS OBLIGATION TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, THIS WEEK THE CONGRESS FINALLY TAKES UP ITS OBLIGATION TO CHANGE COURSE IN IRAQ. WE HAVE ARRIVED AT A NEW MOMENT. FEW RESPONSIBILITIES ARE MORE SOLEMN FOR A MEMBER OF THIS BODY THAN ONE IN WHICH HE OR SHE IS OBLIGATED TO REGISTER A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THEIR PRESIDENT IN A TIME OF WAR. UNDER DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES I THINK MOST AMERICANS WOULD WANT TO GIVE THEIR PRESIDENT THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT ON MATTERS OF WAR. THAT THEY WOULD WANT TO TRUST THE PRESIDENT'S JUDGMENT TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY, FOR OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS, AND FOR OUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES. WHO NEVER LEAVE OUR PRAYERS. IT IS A MEASURE OF HOW DESPERATE MATTERS HAVE BECOME IN IRAQ THAT THE CONGRESS CONSIDERS THIS RESOLUTION OF DISAPPROVAL. TODAY WE FIND OURSELVES EMBROILED IN A WAR THAT IS NOT WINNABLE. A RELIGIOUS WAR THAT IS INCONSISTENT WITH OUR ORIGINAL MISSION THERE. A WAR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NO LONGER SUPPORT. AND WITH 3,100 AMERICAN LIVES LOST, SECTARIAN VIOLENCE THREATENING TO SPILL OVER INTO THE ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST, AND NO PROSPECT FOR A STABLE CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ IN SIGHT, TODAY WE CONSIDER THIS WAR FOR NOT WHAT WE WISH IT WERE BUT FOR WHAT IT IT HAS SO CLEARLY AND TRAGICALLY BECOME. A MISTAKE OF HISTORIC PROPORTIONS. AS SUCH I WILL SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE ESCALATION OF THIS CONFLICT. AND WITH THIS DEBATE THE CONGRESS TAKES UP ITS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY WITH A SENSE OF URGENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY THAT THE PUBLIC SO DESPERATELY SEEKS FROM US. FOR TOO LONG THE CONGRESS HAS ASKED TOO FEW QUESTIONS AND BEEN ALL TOO WILLING TO PUT POLITICS AND IDEOLOGY BEFORE OUR NATION'S SECURITY. TO BE SURE MATTERS OF WAR ARE THE MOST SERIOUS THAT I WILL DELIBERATE OVER IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. INDEED SUCH A VOTE WAS MY FIRST IN THE CONGRESS IN 1991. BUT WITH THIS MOMENT CONGRESS NOW HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THE COUNTRY INTO A NEW PHASE OF THIS WAR, TO ME NOTHING MATTERS MORE THAN GETTING THIS RIGHT. FOUR YEARS AGO I VOTED AGAINST AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT TO GO TO WAR BECAUSE, AS I SAID ON THIS HOUSE FLOOR, I BELIEVED TAKING UNILATERAL ACTION AGAINST IRAQ WOULD "WEAKEN OUR MORAL AUTHORITY, OUR MILITARY EFFECTIVENESS, AND OUR ABILITY TO KEEP EVENTS UNDER CONTROL AFTERWARDS." TODAY ONE MONTH INTO THE NEW CONGRESS AND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE PREVIOUS MAJORITY RUSHED TO AUTHORIZE THIS WAR IN OCTOBER OF 2002, EVERY MEMBER OF THIS INSTITUTION, DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN, WILL FACE A DIFFERENT CHOICE. WITH THE SITUATION SO CLEARLY OUT OF CONTROL, MEMBERS CAN TRUST PRESIDENT BUSH ONE MORE TIME AS HE ESCALATES THE CONFLICT IN IRAQ, OR THEY CAN SUPPORT A CHANGE IN DIRECTION THAT BEGINS TO REDEPLOY OUR TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ. THAT USES OUR MILITARY IN THE RIGHT WAY. TO MAKE OUR COUNTRY SAFER AND RAISE AMERICA'S STANDING SO THAT WE HAVE BOTH ALLIES AND MORAL AUTHORITY TO ADDRESS OUR THREATS. TO BE SURE OF ALL THE CONCERNS WE TAKE TO THE FLOOR WITH, IT IS THE DETERIORATING WELFARE OF OUR TROOPS THAT IS MOST ALARMING. OF COURSE EVERY AMERICAN TAKES COMFORT IN THE HEROISM AND DETERMINATION THAT OUR SOLDIERS HAVE SHOWN. THEY HAVE PERFORMED MAGNIFICENTLY. BUT THEY HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH AN IMPOSSIBLE MISSION THAT UNDERMINES THEIR INCALCULABLE SACRIFICE AND HAS STRAINED OUR MILITARY IN COUNTLESS WAY FROM MANPOWER TO MORALE. AS THE FATHER OF ONE MARINE WHOSE SON HAS BEEN DEPLOYED FOR THE SECOND TIME TO IRAQ WROTE TO ME, AND I QUOTE, YOU FORGET WHAT IT IS LIKE TO ACTUALLY SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT WITHOUT WAKING UP TO THE HORRIBLE THOUGHT THAT YOU MIGHT NOT EVER SEE YOUR SON AGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, WE ALL KNOW OUR TROOPS WILL DO ANYTHING THEIR COUNTRY ASKS OF THEM, BUT LET US NOT ASK THEM TO ESCALATE AN UNWINNABLE WAR. TODAY VIRTUALLY EVERYONE AGREES WE NEED A NEW STRATEGY. EVERYONE THAT IS EXCEPT FOR THE PRESIDENT WHO CONTINUES TO PURSUE AN OBJECTIVE, THE CONSENSUS JUDGMENT OF OUR NATION'S INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES SAYS HAS NO CHANCE OF SUCCESS. INDEED, IN PROPOSING AN ESCALATION OF THE CURRENT STRATEGY THE PRESIDENT REJECTS CONCLUSIONS DRAWN BY THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE. THE BIPARTISAN IRAQ STUDY GROUP, HIS OWN GENERALS, AND PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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  • 11:22:33 AM

    MR. JOHNSON

    I'LL MAKE A STATEMENT LATER, BUT RIGHT NOW I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE…

    I'LL MAKE A STATEMENT LATER, BUT RIGHT NOW I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE CONGRESSMAN GEOFF DAVIS FROM THE STATE OF KENTUCKY WHO WAS IN THE U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT AND SERVED THIS NATION AS AN ASSAULT HELICOPTER FLIGHT COMMANDER IN THE 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION WHICH IS WHERE I WENT THROUGH JUMP SCHOOL, TOO, GEOFF, AND I THINK IS WELL QUALIFIED TO DISCUSS THIS ISSUE. I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN.

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  • 11:23:09 AM

    MR. JOHNSON

    IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 11:23:14 AM

    MR. DAVIS

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF OUR TROOPS AND DEDICATED…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF OUR TROOPS AND DEDICATED PROFESSIONALS AND MY FORMER COMRADES AND FRIENDS SERVING AND AGAINST THE DEMOCRAT RESOLUTION DISAPPROVING OUR TROOPS IN COMBAT. THIS WEEK CONGRESS HAS SPENT ITS TIME DEBATING A FUTILE, NONBINDING RESOLUTION WHEN IN REALITY WE SHOULD DEBATE POLICY INITIATIVES TO HELP OUR TROOPS IN THEIR MISSION AND LEAD TO STABILITY. I BELIEVE IN FIGHTING THE WAR IN IRAQ THERE IS ROOM FOR AN OPEN HONEST DEBATE ABOUT THE BEST WAY TO ADVANCE THE COMPELLING NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS OF THIS NATION. HONEST DEBATE, RESPECTFUL DISAGREEMENT, AND CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE ARE COMPONENTS OF OUR GREAT REPUBLIC AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO HONOR THE PROCESS THAT OUR INSTITUTION PROVIDES. FURTHERMORE, THIS MEASURE SEEKS TO SEEK DEBATE WHETHER WE SUPPORT AN OPERATIONAL DECISION THAT IN REALITY SHOULD BE MADE BY THE COMMANDERS ON THE GROUND NOT BY POLITICIANS IN CONGRESS. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO BE DEBATING NEXT WEEK, MR. SPEAKER? WHICH BLOCK IN BAGHDAD? WHICH PRECINCT? THIS NONBINDING RESOLUTION SERVES NO PURPOSE OTHER THAN PACIFYING THE DEMOCRATS' POLITICAL BASE AND LOWERING MORALE IN OUR MILITARY. AT LEAST ONE DEMOCRAT HAS LIKENED IN TYPE RESOLUTION TO A CHILD STOMPING IN THE CORNER. THE TROOPS WILL BE DOING THEIR JOB BY COMPLETING THE MISSION THAT THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN AND WE IN CONGRESS NEED TO DO OURS. OUR TROOPS ARE FIGHTING ABROAD DON'T GET TO DEBATE THE VALIDITY OF THEIR MISSION. THEIR ENEMIES ARE REAL AND THEY ARE FIGHTING IN DAY IN AND DAY OUT TO PROTECT THEIR COUNTRY, THE IRAQI PEOPLE, AND THEMSELVES. THIS RESOLUTION DOES NOT HELP MAKE PROGRESS IN IRAQ, IT DOES NOT PROVIDE A NEW APPROACH IN IRAQ, AND DOES NOT MAKE OUR NATION OR OUR TROOPS MORE SECURE. THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO BE DOING. NOT WAITING OUR TIME DEBATING A MEASURE THAT CAN DISHEARTEN AND DEMORALIZE OUR CITIZENS FAITHFULLY SERVING IN THEERT WHILE ENCOURAGING AND EMBOLDENING THE ADVERSARIES OF STABILITY. WE HAVE SEEN THE AGGRESSION OF THIS FACELESS ENEMY IN THE BOMBING OF PAN AM 103 IN 1988, IN AL QAEDA'S ATTACK ON THE U.S.S. COLE, AND ON SEPTEMBER 11. OVER THE COURSE OF TIME IT HAS BECOME EVIDENT THAT WE ARE INVOLVED IN A LONG-TERM STRUGGLE WITH ISLAMIC EXTREMISM TO PRESERVE OUR FREEDOM AND THE FREEDOM OF THE WORLD. EVERY DAY OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND OUR CIVILIAN PROFESSIONALS RISK THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOM. FROM PROVIDING SECURITY, TO BUILDING AN ECONOMY, WE ARE STRENGTHENING THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. WE HAVE NOT HAD A TERRORIST ATTACK ON OUR SOIL IN OVER FIVE YEARS BECAUSE OF OUR VIGILANCE IN PURSUING THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION AT HOME AND ABROAD. SUCCESS IN IRAQ IS OUR ONLY OPTION FOR CONTINUED NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE PRESERVATION OF FREEDOM. I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS EVER MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHOSE EXPERIENCE SPANS ALL RANKS, ALL SERVICES, AND ALL UNITS. CONSISTENTLY THEY SHARE AN OPTIMISTIC AND SOBER MESSAGE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTINUING THE STRUGGLE TO DEFEAT ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS. A RESOLUTION LIKE THIS BLURS THE MANY SUCCESSES THAT THEY HAVE HAD IN THE WAR AGAINST THE EXTREMISTS. THE MESSAGES OF OUR TROOPS DO NOT COME WITHOUT AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE REALITY AND THE RESOURCES THAT WE MUST COMMIT TO THIS MISSION. FIGHTING TERRORIST ALSO REQUIRE A STRONG COMMITMENT AND ROAD TO VICTORY WILL BE LONG. OUR PARTNERS IN IRAQ HAVE STATED THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE MISSION, AND WE MUST STAND BEHIND THEM. AT THE SAME TIME, THE IRAQIS MUST CONTINUE TO ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR SUCCESS AS A NATION, THAT OUR COMMITMENT IS NOT OPEN-ENDED. SUCCESS IN ENCOUNTERING AN INSURGENCY LARGELY HAPPENS OUTSIDE THE REALM OF COMBAT. SECURITY IS ONLY ONE ASPECT. WE MUST WORK IN ESTABLISHING FRAMEWORKS WITHIN IRAQ THAT CAN KEEP THE WATER RUNNING AND ELECTRICITY ON WHICH WILL IN TURN ALLOW PEOPLE TO GO TO WORK AND CHILDREN RETURN TO SCHOOL. RETURNING NORMAL LIFE TO IRAQIS IS IMPORTANT, BUT IT SHOULD NOT BE THE SOUL RESPONSIBILITY OF OUR TROOPS WHO ARE PROVIDING SECURITY AND STABILITY. WE NEED TO STRENGTHEN THE INVOLVEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN THIS ENDEAVOR AS WE EMPOWER AND ENGAGE THE IRAQIS. I STRONGLY BELIEVE IF WE ARE TO FULLY SUPPORT OUR TROOPS WE MUST LISTEN TO WHAT THEY ARE SAYING AND WHEN THE TROOPS ARE SAYING THAT THEY ARE COMMITTED TO THEIR MISSION, THEN I BELIEVE WE SHOULD LISTEN. I REMAIN A COMMITTED SUPPORTER OF OUR TROOPS AND I THANK THEM FOR THEIR SERVICE. SOON CONGRESS WILL VOTE ON THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET AND IN IT THE PENTAGON IS REQUESTING $5.6 BILLION FOR TROOP REINFORCEMENT. THIS WILL BE THE REAL TEST OF COMMITMENT NOT THIS MEANINGLESS RESOLUTION. A YES VOTE ON THAT FUNDING SUPPORTS THE TROOP REINFORCEMENT BEING DEBATED HERE TODAY AND A NO VOTE WILL DELETE FUNDING ON THAT IMPORTANT MISSION. THIS WILL NOT ONLY SHOW PEOPLE WHERE CONGRESS STANDS, BUT GIVE ACCOUNTABILITY TO OUR ACTIONS HERE IN CONGRESS WITH THE FORCE OF LAW BEHIND IT IT. I SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND OUR CIVILIAN PROFESSIONALS, AND I INTEND TO COMMITTEE MY COMMITMENT TO MY MANY FRIENDS ON ACTIVE DUTY AND TO VOTE TO PROVIDE THEM THE FUNDING FOR THEIR MISSION WHEN THE TIME COMES. TO MY FORMER COMRADES AND FRIENDS, THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING THE CALL AGAIN AND KNOW THAT I STAND WITH YOU. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 11:28:35 AM

    MR. LARSON

    I YIELD 30 SECONDS.

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  • 11:34:28 AM

    MR. JOHNSON

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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  • 11:34:35 AM

    MR. JOHNSON

    YOU. YOU KNOW, IT IS AN HONOR TO BE HERE TODAY JOINED BY MEMBERS OF…

    YOU. YOU KNOW, IT IS AN HONOR TO BE HERE TODAY JOINED BY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO HAVE SERVED NOBLY AS STATES MEN AND WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THERE ARE A LOT OF WAYS PEOPLE CAN SERVE THIS COUNTRY, DEDICATING TIME TO THE ARMED FORCES CAN BE SOME OF THE MOST FULFILLING TIME IN ONE'S LIFE. I KNOW. I SPENT 29 YEARS IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE. GOT CALLED UP FROM MY ROTC CLASS AT S.M.U. AND FLU 62 COMBAT MISSIONS IN KOREA, IN A PLANE NAMED AFTER MY WIFE, SHIRLEY'S TEXAS TORPPED. I WORKED FOR GENERAL WESTMORELAND IN THE HEADQUARTERS, IN 1966 I RETURNED AND FLYING MY 25TH MISSION I WAS SHOT DOWN AND LANDED IN A DIVISION OF NORTH VIETNAMESE SOLDIERS. WHAT FOLLOWED CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS HELL ON EARTH OR MY FRIEND AND FELLOW P.O.W., BLINK THE LETTERS OF ONE WORD OVER AND OVER INTO A MOVIE CAMERA FOR THE PLEA FOR HELP. THE LET RS MADE UP THE WORD TORTURE. I SPENT HALF OF THAT TIME IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT. THE NORTH VIETNAMESE WOULD SAY OR DO ANYTHING TO BREAK OUR WILL. THE PHYSICAL TORTURE NOT FIT FOR DESCRIBING BECAUSE SOME IS TOO GRAPHIC AND TOO GOREE. THERE WERE MANY TIMES I WOULD PRAY I WOULD PASS OUT AND SLIP INTO UNCONSCIOUSNESS TO ESCAPE THE PAIN IF I COULDN'T ESCAPE THE BEATINGS, YET WHAT ALSO SCARRED ME FOR LIFE WAS THE EMOTIONAL TORTURE THE NOVERT VIETNAMESE BROADCAST TO TAUNT US. THEY CONSTANTLY BLARED ANTI-AMERICAN MESSAGES FROM BACK HOME OVER TO LOUD SPEAKERS. THE ENEMY KNOWS ANY ANTI-AMERICAN MURIQUI CAN BE USED AS A WEAPON. THE SAME HOLD TRUES TODAY. THE ENEMY WANTS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM TO THINK THAT THEIR CONGRESS DOESN'T CARE ABOUT THEM, THAT THEY'RE GOING TO CUT THE FUNDING AND ABANDON THEM AND THEIR MISSION. THEY WANT CONGRESS TO CAVE TO THE WISHES OF THOSE WHO ADVOCATE A CUT-AND-RUN ATTITUDE AND WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN. WE MUST LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKES. WE CANNOT LEAVE A JOB UNDONE LIKE WE LEFT IN KOREA, LIKE WE LEFT IN VIETNAM, LIKE WE LEFT IN SOMALIA. OSAMA BIN LADEN SAID THAT IN SOMALIA THE UNITED STATES PLED OUT TRAIL -- PULLED OUT TRAILING DISAPPOINTMENT, DEFEAT AND FAILURE BEHIND IT. WE DIDN'T BLINK AN EYE WHEN THE RADICALS BOMBED THE KHOBAR TOWERS IN SAUDI ARABIA KILLING 20 AND INJURING 372 OR AFTER THE KENYA EMBASSY BOMBINGS THAT KILLED 213 PEOPLE AND INJURED 5,000. OR THAT SAME DAY A TANZANIAN BOMBING. THE U.S.S. COLE BOMBING KILLED 17 AND INJURED 39. WE ALL KNOW HOW THEY TRIED TO BRING DOWN THE WORLD TRADE TOWERS AND DIDN'T STOP UNTIL THEY COMPLETED THE JOB SEPTEMBER 11. ALL OF THESE DREAGES OF TERRORISM -- ALL OF THESE TRAGEDIES OF TERRORISM HAPPENED WITHOUT A UNITED STATES RESPONSE. WE CAN'T WAIVER IN OUR FIGHT FOR FREEDOM. WE CANNOT ABANDON THE BEDROCK OF DEMOCRACY. THEY ARE THE BRAVE AND SELFLESS MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES. WE WILL STAND UP WITH THEM. WE MUST STAND UP WITH THEM. AND I WILL STAND UP WITH THEM IN CONGRESS BECAUSE THEY STAND UP FOR OUR FREEDOM EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY. THEY ARE THE REASON WE CALL AMERICA THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE. AND I SALUTE THEM. NOW TODAY I HAVE THE DISTINCT PRIVILEGE OF MANAGING TIME DURING THIS DEBATE, EACH PERSON JOINING ME IS A SHINING EXAMPLE OF DUTY, HONOR AND COUNTRY. I NORFOLKS ACROSS AMERICA WILL LEARN A LOT FROM HEARING ABOUT THEIR STORY -- I KNOW FOLKS ACROSS AMERICA WILL LEARN A LOT FROM HEARING ABOUT THEIR STORY AND LEARNING FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:39:20 AM

    MR. MEEKS

    ON INTELLIGENCE, THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, THE HONORABLE JANE HARMAN.

  • 11:39:32 AM

    MS. HARMAN

    SPEAKER AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND COMMEND OUR LEADERSHIP…

    SPEAKER AND I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING AND COMMEND OUR LEADERSHIP FOR ORGANIZING THIS VERY THOUGHTFUL AND SOBER THREE-DAY DEBATE OF A VERY SERIOUS ISSUE. MR. SPEAKER, AS CO-CHAIR OF THE BLUE DOG UR NATIONAL SECURITY WORKING GROUP I RISE TO OPPOSE THE SURGE AND SUPPORT STRATEGIES INCLUDING THOSE OUTLINED IN H.RES. 97 AUTHORED BY THE BLUE DOGS, TO END WAR PROFITEERING AND ADOPT A TRUMAN COMMITTEE TO MAKE THOSE WHO ENGAGED IN FRAUD AND ABUSE IN IRAQ ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS. AS WE CONDUCT THIS HISTORIC DEBATE, HOWEVER, I AM MINDFUL THAT EIGHT TIME ZONES AWAY, CROUCHED IN A TANK SOMEWHERE IN BAGHDAD, A 19-YEAR-OLD PRIVATE IS DOING HIS BEST TO RESTORE ORDER TO A CITY DESCENDING INTO ALL-OUT CIVIL WAR. WE OWE THIS SOLDIER, HIS MATES AND THEIR FAMILIES SO MUCH. THEY VOLUNTEERED TO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO KEEP THIS COUNTRY SAFE. WE IN THIS CHAMBER ALSO WANT TO KEEP THIS COUNTRY SAFE, BUT WE DO NOT SHARE THOSE DAY-TO-DAY RISKS. ONLY A HANDFUL HERE HAVE RELATIVES IN IRAQ LIVING THE LIFE OF THE SOLDIER I DESCRIBED. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE HAVE SADLY LEARNED THE INTELLIGENCE THAT TOOK US TO WAR WAS WRONG. SOME OF THE MOST INACCURATE CLAIMS THAT AN OPERATIONAL RELATIONSHIP EXISTED BETWEEN AL QAEDA AND SADDAM HUSSEIN THAT VAST W.M.D. STOCK MILES EXISTED WITH LOCATIONS PINPOINTED WERE PRESENTED BY THE ADMINISTRATION AS FACT. EVEN THOUGH THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY HAD DISCREDITED THEM. THAT WAS SHAMEFUL. MOST INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES AROUND THE WORLD THOUGHT, HOWEVER, THAT SADDAM HAD W.M.D. AND THE INTENTION TO USE IT AGAINST HIS PEOPLE AND U.S. INTERESTS. THEY BELIEVED IT. AND SO DID I. BUT THEY WERE WRONG. AND SO WAS I. THE ACTIONS TAKEN FOUR YEARS AGO IN IRAQ CREATED A FAILED STATE. WE TOOK OUT ITS GOVERNMENT AND OCCUPIED THE COUNTRY UNSUCCESSFULLY. ABOUT A YEAR LATER, MILLIONS OF IRAQIS COURAGEOUSLY ELECTED A GOVERNMENT, BUT THAT GOVERNMENT BARELY FUNCTIONS AND WE CONTINUE TO OCCUPY IRAQ MILITARILY. MR. SPEAKER, THERE ARE NO GOOD MILITARY OPTIONS LEFT IN IRAQ. TO THE SOLDIER CURRENTLY IN HARM'S WAY, I SAY, YOU ARE A HERO. YOU ARE DOING YOUR BEST TO FOLLOW ORDERS AND TO SERVE YOUR COUNTRY. BUT I ALSO SAY, WE HAVE GIVEN YOU A MISSION IMPOSSIBLE. AND THAT MISSION MUST CHANGE. WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO LEAVE IRAQ IN BETTER SHAPE THAN WE FOUND IT. AND THAT WILL NOT BE ACHIEVED BY SURGING 21,500 MORE TROOPS INTO BAGHDAD. THE SURGE WILL NOT WORK AND I OPPOSE IT. BUT ABANDONING IRAQ IS NOT A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE. WE MUST INVEST IN STRATEGIES TO CONTAIN AND ULTIMATELY REDUCE VIOLENCE THERE IN ORDER TO CREATE STABILITY IN IRAQ AND IN THE REGION. THAT MUST NOW BE OUR FOCUS. THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP MADE IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATIONS TO DO THIS, INCLUDING CHANGING THE MILITARY MISSION IN IRAQ, TYING U.S. SUPPORT TO MEASURABLE PROGRESS ON NATIONAL RECONCILIATION, SECURITY AND GOVERNANCE AND AGGRESSIVE DIPLOMATIC OUTREACH TO SYRIA AND IRAN. THIS ADMINISTRATION REJECTED THEM. TWO WEEKS AGO A REPORT BY DANIELE BUYMAN AND KEN POLLACK CAREFULLY ASSESSED OPTIONS TO CONTAIN A SPILLOVER FROM AN IRAQI CIVIL WAR, THEY INCLUDE NOT TRYING TO PICK WINNERS BETWEEN THE SUNNIS AND SHIIA, PULLING BACK FROM POPULATION CENTERS, PROVIDING SUPPORT FOR IRAQ'S NEIGHBORS AND LAYING DOWN RED LINES TO IRAN. ALL OF THESE IDEAS HAVE MERIT. FURTHER IDEAS FROM DAVID SCHAEFER, FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR AT LARGE FOR WAR CRIME ISSUES, TO PUT THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT ON AN ATROCITY WATCH AND WARN ITS LEADERS THEY CAN BE PROSECUTED FOR WAR CRIMES IF ETHNIC CLEANSING OCCURS. MR. SPEAKER, THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE CALAMITOUS MISTAKES IN PROSECUTING THIS WAR. THE SURGE, I FEAR, IS YET ANOTHER ONE. WITH THIS RESOLUTION CONGRESS START ACTION TO FORCE A CHANGE IN STRATEGY AND TO BRING THAT SOLDIER IN DOWNTOWN BAGHDAD AND HIS COMRADES HOME SAFELY AND SOON. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 11:44:15 AM

    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM VIRGINIA, THELMA DRAKE WHO REPRESENTS NORFOLK AND AMERICA'S NAVY.

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  • 11:44:31 AM

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    THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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  • 11:50:26 AM

    MR. MEEKS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE INDEED…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE INDEED LOOKING AT THIS DEBATE. THEY WANT TO KNOW WHERE THEIR MEMBERS STAND SIMPLY WHETHER THEY SUPPORT THE TROOPS AND WHETHER OR NOT THEY -- WHAT THEIR POSITION IS WITH THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ESCALATION. AND WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERY MEMBER TO SPEAK OUT ON THAT. THAT'S WHAT THIS HOUSE IS ALL ABOUT. WE ARE DOING OUR JOB. THIS IS THE FIRST STEP IN MANY STEPS. AS A RESULT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ALSO I'M SURE WILL WANT TO HEAR THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA WHO IS THE VICE CHAIR OF THE TELECOM AND INTERNET SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, THE HONORABLE, MIKE DOYLE.

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  • 11:51:04 AM

    MR. DOYLE

    WHO HAS OPPOSED THIS MISGUIDED DIVERSION FROM THE WAR ON TERROR FROM THE…

    WHO HAS OPPOSED THIS MISGUIDED DIVERSION FROM THE WAR ON TERROR FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, I BELIEVE IT'S WAY PAST TIME FOR OUR COUNTRY TO TAKE STOCK OF WHERE WE'VE BEEN, WHERE WE ARE, AND WHERE WE'RE GOING IN IRAQ. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER HOW WE GOT THERE. PRESIDENT BUSH TOLD CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT SADDAM HAD WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND WAS AN IMMINENT THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES. THAT SADDAM HAD TIES TO AL QAEDA AND THE 9/11 ATTACKERS. THAT THE INVASION, OCCUPATION, AND RECONSTRUCTION WOULD COST US NOTHING. THAT IRAQI OIL REVENUES WOULD COVER ALL THE COST. SO WHERE ARE WE TODAY? WE KNOW THAT SADDAM HAD NO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND THAT HE POSED NO EMINENT THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES. WE KNOW SADDAM HAD NO OPERATIONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH AL QAEDA. 80% OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE WANT US TO LEAVE THEIR COUNTRY. THE INVASION, OCCUPATION, AND RECONSTRUCTION OF IRAQ WILL COST US AT LEAST A HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS NOT TO MENTION THE COST IN HUMAN LIVES AND INTERNATIONAL GOOD WILL. MORE THAN 3,000 AMERICAN SOLDIERS ARE DEAD. MORE THAN 20,000 AMERICAN SOLDIERS ARE WOUNDED. THE BURDEN OF THE IRAQ WAR IS BEING BORN EXCLUSIVELY BY OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WHO WILL BEAR THE DEBT. AND THE FAMILIES OF OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL WHO AT BEST EXPERIENCE LONG SEPARATIONS AND TERRIBLE WORRY, AND AT WORSE LOSE A BELOVED FAMILY MEMBER FOREVER. THE INVASION AND OCCUPATION OF IRAQ HAS ALIENATED OUR ALLIES, HAS CALLED OUR CREDIBILITY INTO QUESTION AROUND THE WORLD, IT HAS SOURED MIDDLE EASTERN ATTITUDES ABOUT THE UNITED STATES AND WESTERN DEMOCRACY, AND FINALLY, THE INVASION OF IRAQ GOT US INTO A LONG-TERM BLOODY OPERATION OF A COUNTRY WITH NO SIGNIFICANT CONNECTION TO THE WAR ON TERROR AND DIVERTED CRITICAL MILITARY AND INTELLIGENCE RESOURCES FROM THE FIGHT AGAINST AL QAEDA. THE RECENTLY RELEASED NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE CONCLUDED THAT THERE IS LITTLE PROSPECT FOR POLITICAL RECONCILIATION IN IRAQ AT THIS TIME. SO, WHAT SHOULD THE UNITED STATES DO? WHAT DOES VICTORY IN IRAQ MEAN AT THIS POINT? MOST OF US WOULD SEE VICTORY AS ANY KIND OF POLITICAL SETTLEMENT THAT ENDED THE VIOLENCE. BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO HEAR THE TRUTH. AND THE TRUTH IS THERE IS NO HAPPY ENDING FOR IRAQ AS LONG AS OUR PRESENCE ALLOWS THE MALIKI GOVERNMENT TO AVOID MAKING THE POLITICAL COMPROMISES NECESSARY FOR PEACE IN IRAQ. NOW, THE PRESIDENT HAS PROPOSED A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE NUMBERS OF U.S. TROOPS SERVING IN IRAQ. I BELIEVE THAT CONGRESS SHOULD OPPOSE THIS ESCALATION. I DON'T BELIEVE IT HAS ANY REAL CHANCE OF PRODUCING A POLITICAL SOLUTION IN THE WAR IN IRAQ OR EVEN CURBING THE VIOLENCE IN BAGHDAD. I'M NOT ALONE IN THIS BELIEF. GENERAL COLIN POWELL, GENERAL GEORGE CASEY, GENERAL JOHN ABIZAID, GENERAL BARRY MCCAFFREY, MAJOR GENERAL DON SHEPHERD, AND GENERAL JAMES CONWAY ALL QUESTION THIS ESCALATION. NOW MANY SUPPORTERS OF THE PRESIDENT'S IRAQ POLICY ASKS, WITH THOSE OF US WHO OPPOSE THIS MILITARY ESCALATION WOULD SUPPORT INSTEAD? THIS MEMBER OF CONGRESS BELIEVES THAT THE UNITED STATES SHOULD BEGIN AN IMMEDIATE ORDERLY REDEPLOYMENT OF OUR TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ WITH THE GOAL OF COMPLETING THAT REDEPLOYMENT BY THE END OF THE YEAR. WE SHOULD LEAD AND ENLIST THE PARTICIPATION OF ALL NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES IN A MASSIVE DIPLOMATIC SURGE TO HELP CONTAIN THE CIVIL WAR ALREADY UNDERWAY. AND THAT DIPLOMATIC SURGE SHOULD INCLUDE ALL THE COUNTRIES IN THE REGION, INCLUDING IRAN AND SYRIA. THE ONLY WAY TO BRING STABILITY TO THAT REGION IS THROUGH A REGIONAL EFFORT. OUR TROOPS HAVE PERFORMED WITH COURAGE, COMPASSION, AND PROFESSIONALISM. THEY DID EVERYTHING THAT WAS ASKED OF THEM. THEIR WORK IN IRAQ IS DONE. WE GAVE THE IRAQIS THEIR FREEDOM. IT'S UP TO THEM TO DECIDE WHAT THEY'LL DO WITH IT. IT'S TIME FOR THE IRAQIS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN SECURITY. IT'S TIME FOR IRAQIS TO DECIDE IF SHIITE, SUNNIS, AND KURDS WISH TO SHARE RESOURCES, SHARE POWER, AND COEXIST PEACEFULLY AS ONE COUNTRY. AMERICA CANNOT FORCE THEM TO DO THIS. NO MATTER HOW LONG WE STAY THERE. ONLY THE IRAQI PEOPLE CAN DECIDE THIS. MR. SPEAKER, IT'S TIME. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE KNOWN FOR QUITE A WHILE IT'S TIME. AND I BELIEVE THIS WEEK THAT FINALLY THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS WILL TAKE THE FIRST STEP TO BRINGING OUR TROOPS HOME BY ADOPTING THIS RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW MEXICO WHO WAS A PILOT IN THE UNITED STATES -- THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW MEXICO, WHO WAS A PILOT IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, SERVING IN THE PHILIPPINES, RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS AND AIR MEDAL BEFORE RETURNING TO THE UNITED STATES. FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. PEARCE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    I GIVE THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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    TROOPS AND SOLDIERS, WHO DOT DO NOT RESPECT THEM AND HONOR THEM. IN FACT,…

    TROOPS AND SOLDIERS, WHO DOT DO NOT RESPECT THEM AND HONOR THEM. IN FACT, I THINK BY HAVING EVERY MEMBER HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON THIS FLOOR TO TALK ABOUT THEIR PATRIOTISM IS EXACTLY WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. AND WITH THAT I AM PROUD TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO A MAN WHO WAS ONE OF THE LEADERS IN THE OPPOSITION OF GIVING THE PRESIDENT AUTHORITY TO GO INTO IRAQ, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, IF HONORABLE LLOYD DOGGETT.

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    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 30 SECONDS.

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    BE CONSERVATIVE HAVE BEEN LIBERAL WITH BILLS OF -- BILLIONS OF MISSPENT…

    BE CONSERVATIVE HAVE BEEN LIBERAL WITH BILLS OF -- BILLIONS OF MISSPENT TAXPAYER DOLLARS. PRESIDENT BUSH WAS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT WHEN HE DECLARED HIS WAR IN IRAQ TO BE A CATASTROPHIC SUCCESS. HE HAS CERTAINLY BEEN SUCCESSFUL AT CREATING ONE CATASTROPHE AFTER ANOTHER IN IRAQ. OUR NATION IS GREAT ENOUGH WITH SUFFICIENT RESOURCES, CREATIVITY TO CHANGE COURSE, BUT EACH DAY WE DELAY, WE SINK FURTHER INTO A QUAGMIRE FOR WHICH FEWER AND FEWER CHOICES REMAIN.

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    FIVE MINUTES TO A LONG STANDING MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE…

    FIVE MINUTES TO A LONG STANDING MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND PRESENTLY A MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, SHELLY BERKE.

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    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MR. PAUL GILLMORE WHO IS A…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MR. PAUL GILLMORE WHO IS A UNITED STATES AIR FORCE VETERAN. HE WAS A JUDGE ADVOCATE AND KNOWS THE LEGAL PROBLEMS INVOLVE IN THIS. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD HIM FIVE MINUTES.

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    ALLIES OR THE IRAQI PEOPLE. CONGRESS IS SPENDING AN ENTIRE WEEK ON A…

    ALLIES OR THE IRAQI PEOPLE. CONGRESS IS SPENDING AN ENTIRE WEEK ON A NONBINDING RESOLUTION, THAT EVEN IF IT PASSES, WILL NOT CHANGE THE COURSE OF ACTION IN IRAQ. OUR TIME COULD HAVE BEEN SPENT MUCH BETTER DEBATING REAL ISSUES, SUCH AS HOW TO MOST EFFECTIVELY WIN THE WAR THAT TERRORISTS ARE WAGING ON US. NOW PERSONALLY, I'M SKEPTICAL THAT INCREASE OF 20,000 TROOPS WILL MAKE THE DIVAN THAT IT WILL STABLIZE BAGHDAD AND IRAQ. BUT FOR ME, THE QUESTION IS TO WHOM SHOULD WE LISTEN REGARDING OPERATIONAL DECISIONS IN IRAQ? SHOULD WE LISTEN TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE U.S. MILITARY OR TO THE POLITICIANS IN WASHINGTON? AND AS AN AIR FORCE VETERAN, I THINK WE SHOULD ACCEPT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF OUR MILITARY. AND IN THAT RESPECT, TWO WEEKS THE GENERAL IN COMMAND OF GROUND FORCES IN BAGHDAD SAID, AND I QUOTE, BY BRINGING MORE TROOPS IN, IT PROVIDES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THEM, TO PROVIDE MORE TIME, TO DEFEAT THIS THREAT, WHICH IS BOTH AN AL QAEDA THREAT AS WELL AS SECTARIAN VIOLENCE AND END OF QUOTE. YOU KNOW, I HAVE VISITED IN GERMANY AT THE MEDICAL FACILITIES WITH OUR WOUNDED TROOPS FROM IRAQ, A MEMBER OF MY FAMILY SERVED A YEAR IN THE COMBAT ZONE IN BAGHDAD AND I AM INCREDIBLY PROUD OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN THE MILITARY. THEY'RE TALENTED. THEY'RE DEDICATED. THEY ARE PROFESSIONAL. AND THEY ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD. AND WE OWE THEM A TREMENDOUS DEBT OF GRATITUDE. NOW EVEN THOUGH IT IS NONBINDING, THERE IS, I THINK, A LARGE OMISSION IN THIS RESOLUTION. WHILE IT DOES COME PLEAMENT THE ACTIONS OF OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN, NO WHERE DOES IT COMMIT TO PROVIDING FUNDING FOR TROOPS IN THE FIELD. AND AT A TIME WHEN SOME IN THIS TOWN ARE TALKING ABOUT CUTTING FUNDING FOR OUR TROOPS, I THINK WE SHOULD COMMIT TO PROVIDING FULL FUNDING FOR OUR ARMED FORCES AS LONG AS THEY ARE IN THE FIELD. NOW THERE'S NO GUARANTEE THAT THIS TROOP BUILDUP WILL BE SUCCESSFUL OR THAT THE IRAQIS WILL SUCCEED IN FINALLY TAKING OVER THE SECURITY SITUATION IN A RESPONSIBLE WAY. BUT WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT AT THIS POINT, THERE IS NOT A BETTER PLAN PROPOSED, WHICH HAS A CHANCE OF VICTORY. AND WE ALSO KNOW THAT FAILURE IN IRAQ THREATENS THE SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES, THE SECURITY OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND, IN FACT, THE WHOLE WORLD. YOU KNOW, EARLY LAST YEAR, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF LEADING A DELEGATION TO ASIA WHERE WE MET WITH THE PRIME MINISTERS OF INDIA, THAILAND AND SINGAPORE. AND THOSE ARE ALL COUNTRIES THAT ARE NOW AND HAVE BEEN UNDER TERRORIST ATTACK. ALL OF THEM AGREED WITH THE NEED TO COOPERATE FOR SECURITY PURPOSES AND WITH THE IMPORTANCE OF WINNING THE WAR AGAINST TRIM IN IRAQ BECAUSE OF THE CONSEQUENCES NOT WINNING WOULD HAVE ON THE REST OF THE WORLD. MR. SPEAKER, THIS RESOLUTION HAS TWO PURPOSES. FIRST, IT REJECTS THE ONLY PLAN WHICH HAS BEEN SUGGESTED BY MILITARY LEADERS WITH A CHANCE OF SUCCESS IN IRAQ. SECOND, IT BEGINS THIS CONGRESS DOWN A PATH WHICH ENDS WITH CUTTING OFF FUNDING FOR OUR TROOPS AND ABANDONING OUR FOREIGN POLICY BHAUSE OF FAILED CONGRESSIONAL FORTITUDE. I'M OPPOSED TO THE RESOLUTION AND OPPOSED TO OUR MICROMANAGING ON THE WAR ON TERROR. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    COMMITTEE, THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALABAMA, MR. DAVIS.

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    MR. DAVIS

    CONCLUSION AND IT WILL VOTE. AND THE VOTE BASED ON EVERYTHING WE EXPECT…

    CONCLUSION AND IT WILL VOTE. AND THE VOTE BASED ON EVERYTHING WE EXPECT WILL BE AN OVERWHELMING ONE. IT WILL INCLUDE PEOPLE FROM THE LEFT OF THIS HOUSE, THE RIGHT OF THIS HOUSE. IT WILL INCLUDE PEOPLE FROM BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES. IT WILL INCLUDE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORTED THIS WAR AND WHO BELIEVED IN IT FIVE YEARS AGO. AND IT WILL INCLUDE THOSE WHO HAVE QUESTIONED IT FROM ITS INCEPTION. AND THERE IS A REASON FOR THIS CONSENSUS, MR. SPEAKER. THERE'S BROAD AGREEMENT ON SEVERAL THINGS IN THIS HOUSE. THERE IS BROAD AGREEMENT THAT WE HAVE BEEN CAUGHT IN THE CROSSHAIRS OF A CIVIL WAR BETWEEN TWO SETS, ISLAMIC RADICAL FUNDAMENTALISTS. THERE IS BROAD AGREEMENT THAT THE HUMAN AND MATERIAL COSTS OF THIS EFFORT HAS GONE TOO HIGH. AND THERE IS BROAD AGREEMENT IN THIS HOUSE THAT THE MORAL OBLIGATION IS NOT TO PUT 21,000 MORE SOLDIERS INTO HARM'S WAY, BUT TO DO THE OPPOSITE AND TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF PULLING OUR MEN AND WOMEN OUT OF THIS CALL DRON THAT IS NOW IRAQ. AND THERE IS BROAD AGREEMENT ON ONE OTHER POINT, MR. SPEAKER. IT IS THIS. THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS WRONG TO SAY THAT IT DOESN'T MATTER TO HIM WHAT THIS CONGRESS THINKS OR WHAT THIS COUNTRY THINKS. I'M REMINDED, MR. SPEAKER, I'M ONE OF THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE. I WAS IN COLLEGE RECENTLY. I HAD A PROFESSOR BACK IN THE 1980'S NAMED RICHARD NUSTADT WHO WROTE ABOUT THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY AND HE INVITED THE CLASS TO HAVE A DIALOGUE WITH HIM ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE PRESIDENCY. AND A NUMBER SAID, WHAT DO YOU FEAR ABOUT THE PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES? AND IT'S INTERESTING WHAT HE SAID AND IT'S RELEVANT TODAY. HE SAID I DON'T FEAR THAT SOMEONE CORRUPT WILL BECOME PRESIDENT ONE DAY, I DON'T FEAR SOMEONE INCOMPETENT WILL BECOME. THERE ARE TOO MANY GUARDRAILS IN THE SYSTEM AND THE PROCESS IS TOO EXACTING FOR THAT TO HAPPEN. HE SAID, I FEAR THAT SOMEDAY SOMEONE WILL COME IN THAT OFFICE WHO IS CONVINCED THAT HE'S RIGHT ABOUT SOMETHING ABOUT WHICH HE IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG. AND HE SAID THIS, THAT IF THE COUNTRY IS FRIGHTENED ENOUGH, IF WE'RE IN ENOUGH DANGER THAT ENOUGH PEOPLE THINK THAT WHAT IS RIGID IS WRONG. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MR. SPEAKER, SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE SAID THAT THIS RESOLUTION CARRIES NO WEIGHT AND NO LEGAL OR MORAL FORCE. I WILL TELL YOU WHAT THE WEIGHT OF THIS CARRIES NOW. 65% OF THE MEMBERS OF THIS CHAMBER WILL SEND A SIGNAL TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE HEARD THEIR VOICES. THAT IS A POWERFUL THING. WHEN I THINK OF ALL THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WHO SENT A CLEAR SIGNAL LAST NOVEMBER 7. AND I END WITH THIS POINT. A NUMBER OF MY COLLEAGUES IN THIS DEBATE ARE AND ADVERSARIES HAVE SAID THAT THERE IS A GROUP IN WASHINGTON, A GROUP OF PEOPLE ON THE LEFT, SOME OF YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO WANT TO DEFUND OR DON'T SOMEHOW HAVE THE STRENGTH AND FIBER TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. I REMIND YOU, MY FRIENDS, YOUR DISAGREEMENT IS NOT WITH THE DEMOCRATIC CAULK CAN CUSS AND NOT EVEN WITH THE 50 OR SO IN YOUR RANKS WHO WILL VOTE FOR THIS RESOLUTION BUT IT IS THE DISAGREEMENT OF THE 63% OF THIS COUNTRY. MY CONSTITUENTS, 60% WHO THINK THIS WAR IS WRONG AND THEY SAY WHY IS A BLOOD FEUD BETWEEN SHIA AND SUNNI WORTH THE SPILLING OF AMERICAN BLOOD? THEY ARE THE ONCE YOU ARE SAYING ARE WRONG. YOU ARE THE ONES WHO YOU SAY LACK STRENGTH. I END BY THANKING MY COLLEAGUES WHO HAD THE GOOD JUDGMENT TO BE RIGHT ABOUT THE FUTILITY OF THIS WAR FROM THE OUTSET, BY THANKING THE COLLEAGUES WHO WERE WRONG FIVE YEARS AGO AND ARE RIGHT TODAY AND BY ASKING ONE LAST THING, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHO BRAGGED THAT HE HAS NOT WATCHED ANY OF THIS DEBATE. IF HE COULD ONLY HEAR ONE PLEA FROM THIS DEBATE THAT HE LISTENS TO SOME FACT, SOME EVIDENCE, BECAUSE MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE PROBLEM THAT WE FACE WITH THIS PRESIDENT, NO SET OF FACTS, NO SET OF TRUTHS CAN TELL HIM THAT HE IS WRONG. TOMORROW, THIS CHAMBER WILL TELL HIM SO. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE A FELLOW MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM…

    MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE A FELLOW MEMBER OF CONGRESS FROM MICHIGAN AND A FELLOW MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE, DAVE CAMP FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA MR. VISCLOSKY.

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    AND EXPRESS MY OPPOSITION TO PRESIDENT BUSH. LAST YEAR, THE PRESIDENT HAD…

    AND EXPRESS MY OPPOSITION TO PRESIDENT BUSH. LAST YEAR, THE PRESIDENT HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A NEW STRATEGY. THE VOICE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WAS HEARD THIS PAST ELECTION. THE VOICE OF THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP GAVE THE PRESIDENT A BIPARTISAN PLAN TO DRAW DOWN OUR TROOPS. NEW LEADERSHIP AT THE PENTAGON ALSO COULD HAVE BEEN A VOICE OF CHANGE OF STRATEGY. BUT PRESIDENT BUSH DID NOT LISTEN TO ANY OF THESE VOICES. HE DECIDED TO ESCALATE OUR TROOP LEVELS IN IRAQ. . NO TIME FRAME, NO MEASURABLE BENCHMARKS. IF PRESIDENT BUSH CHOOSES AN ERRONEOUS PATH IT IS OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO SHOW THE WAY. I HAVE THE DEEPEST RESPECT AND GRATITUDE FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, I HONOR THEIR COMMITMENT, THEIR COURAGE AND THEIR SACRIFICE. OUR TROOPS HAVE DONE EVERYTHING WE HAVE ASKED THEM TO DO. THEY OVERWHELM THE OLD IRAQI GOVERNMENT AND CAPTURED SADDAM HUSSEIN. THEY PROVIDED SECURITY WHILE IRAQ FORMED ITS PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT, APPROVED A CONSTITUTION AND ELECTED A PERMANENT GOVERNMENT. NINE INDIVIDUALS FROM THE FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF INDIANA HAVE ALREADY GIVEN THEIR LIFE AND MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE FOR OUR NATION. THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. SERGEANT JEANETTE WINTERS, SPECIALIST GREGORY SANDERS, SERGEANT DUANE RIOS, SPECIALIST ROY BUCKLEY, PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JOHN AMOS II, PRIVATE LOUISE PEREZ, PRIVATE FIRST CLASS NATHAN STALL, CORPORAL BRIAN WILSON, PRIVATE FIRST CLASS STEPHEN SERKO, SPECIALIST NICHOLAS ADALSKI, SPECIALIST ADAM HARDING, AND STAFF SERGEANT JONATHAN REJOS. I AM SO PROUD OF THE DEDICATION AND SERVICE OF THE PEOPLE OF MY STATE IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. WE OWE THEM A COMMITMENT EQUAL TO THEIR COURAGE. WE OWE THEM THE CUREMING TO ACT ON OUR CONVICTION. THE PASSAGE OF FOUR YEARS AND THE LOSS OF OVER 3,000 BRAVE AMERICANS AND COUNTLESS OTHERS WHO HAVE BEEN PERMANENTLY INJURED I REGRET TO RECALL WE WERE TOLD WE NEEDED TO INVADE IRAQ BECAUSE SADDAM HUSSEIN POSSESSED MATERIALS FOR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. NONE COULD BE FOUND. I REGRET THE PRESIDENT FELT COMPELLED TO JUSTIFY THE INVASION BY CLAIMING A CONNECTION BETWEEN AL QAEDA AND SADDAM HUSSEIN AND THE 9/11 COMMISSION FOUND THIS WAS NOT TRUE. OUR SITUATION IN IRAQ HAS REDIRECTED OUR NATION FROM ITS TRUE MISSION THE WAR IN IRAQ HAS DIVERTED OUR ATTENTION FROM THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR. WE NEED TO RECONSTITUTE OUR ARMED FORCES. WE ALSO NEED A STRATEGIC REDEPLOYMENT OF OUR FORCES THAT WILL GIVE US THE ABILITY TO FOCUS OUR EFFORTS DIRECTLY ON THE GLOBAL TERROR NETWORKS THAT TARGET INNOCENT PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. I VOTED AGAINST THE AUTHORIZATION OF IRAQ INVASION IN 2003. THERE WAS NO PLAN OR EXIT STRATEGY THEN AND THERE ARE NO CLEARLY GOOD OPTIONS NOW. YET THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP PROVIDED A BIPARTISAN PERSPECTIVE ON CHANGES IN STRATEGY. THEY CALLED FOR A DRAWDOWN OF TROOPS AND MORE INTENSIVE DIPLOMATIC ISSUES TO RESOLVE THE SECTARIAN VIOLENCE THERE. WE NEED TO LISTEN TO THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO CHANGE OUR STRATEGY AND THE FIRST STEP ALONG THE NEW WAY IS TO PREVENT THE PRESIDENT'S ESCALATION OF THIS WATER. IT IS TIME TO OBLIGATE THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT TO ASSUME THE FULL BURDEN AND CONSEQUENCES OF GOVERNING THEIR COUNTRY. WE NEED TO LISTEN TO THE MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. WE NEED TO LISTEN TO REASONED VOICES. SUCH AS THE IRAQI STUDY GROUP. THE TIME TO PURSUE A NEW COURSE IS NOW. I SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND THAT IS WHY I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. I WOULD YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD NOW TO THE GREAT CONGRESSMAN…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD NOW TO THE GREAT CONGRESSMAN FROM THE STATE OF MINNESOTA, AN EX-MARINE, FIVE MINUTES, JOHN KLINE.

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    MR. KLINE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FOR YIELDING. I'LL OVERLOOK THE EX-MARINE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM FOR YIELDING. I'LL OVERLOOK THE EX-MARINE SLIGHT, NEVER AN EX-MARINE, ALWAYS A MARINE. IT IS A TREMENDOUS HONOR FOR ME TO EVEN BE ON THE SAME FLOOR AS THIS GREAT AMERICAN HERE. WE HEARD EARLIER TODAY THE HARDSHIP OF SOME OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN MISSING A HOLIDAY WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND I KNOW IN MY 25 YEARS IN THE MARINES I MISSED A NUMBER OF THOSE, BUT THERE IS NOBODY WHO HAS MISSED MORE HOLIDAYS WITH HIS FAMILY THAN THIS GREAT AMERICAN NEXT TO ME. YOU KNOW, WE'VE HEARD A LOT OF SPEECHES DURING THIS SO-CALLED DEBATE. I'M NOT SURE HOW MUCH DEBATE, BUT A LOT OF SPEECHES. SOME VERY ELOQUENT MR. MCHUGH GIVING ONE OF THE BEST SPEECHES I HAVE HEARD. SOME HAVE BEEN PARTISAN, SHRILL, SOME PERSUASIVE, SOME NOT. WE'VE HEARD A NUMBER OF OPINIONS EXPRESSED AND IT REMINDS ME OF AH WEEK OR SO AGO WE HAD A HEARING IN THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, EXPERTS, PH.D.S ALL OF THEM, EXPERTS IN THE FIELD OF MILITARY OPERATIONS. ONE OF THEM THE FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE UNDER PRESIDENT CLINTON. IT TONS OUT AT THE END OF THE HEARING EACH OF THE THREE OF THEM HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA OF WHAT WE OUGHT TO DO. NONE OF THEM SUPPORT ED WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAD BULLPEN DOING, ONE SORT OF SUPPORTED WHAT THE PRESIDENT WAS DOING, EACH HAD AN OPINION, AN INFORMED OPINION, BUT AN OPINION NEVERTHELESS. WE HAVE HEARD A NUMBER OF OPINIONS. WE HAVE HEARD PEOPLE SAY I DON'T AGREE WITH THIS. I THINK THIS IS A BAD IDEA. OR THIS IS A GOOD IDEA. I HAVE A BETTER IDEA. I'M A MEMBER OF A CAUCUS WHO HAS A BETTER IDEA. I PROPOSE THIS. IT REMINDS ME WHY IT IS A VERY BAD IDEA TO CONDUCT A WAR BY COMMITTEE. I FULLY ACKNOWLEDGE PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE OPINIONS AND CERTAINLY EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BODY CAN HAVE AN OPINION. I REMEMBER THE AUTHOR, THE PRINCIPLE AUTHOR OF THIS RESOLUTION BEFORE US, THE DISTINGUISHED CHAIRMAN OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE STOOD UP ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HERE ON THE FIRST DAY OF THIS DEBATE AND HE SAID, EVERYBODY IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OWN OPINIONS, BUT NOT TO THEIR OWN FACTS. AND I WOULD JUST LIKE TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF MY REMAINING TIME TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE CLAIMS AND FACTS THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD IN THIS DEBATE. ONE OF THE PROPONENTS SAID, QUOTE, THE NEW PLAN, QUOTE, IGNORES THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE MILITARY COMMANDERS ON THE GROUND. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE HEARD THAT IN THESE TWO DAYS? WELL, IT'S THE TRUTH. GENERAL PETRAEUS, THE NEW COMMANDER OF THE MULTINATIONAL FORCE IN IRAQ CONFIRMED BY THE SENATE WITH NO DISSENTING VOTES SAID, QUOTE, IF WE ARE TO CARRY OUT THE MULTINATIONAL FORCE IRAQ MISSION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE NEW STRATEGY THE ADDITIONAL FORCES THAT HAVE BEEN DIRECTED TO MOVE TO IRAQ WILL BE ESSENTIAL. GENERAL DIERNO, THE NEW U.S. COMMANDER SAYS, QUOTE THIS IS ABOUT IRAQIS TAKING CHARGE OF THEIR OWN SECURITY. WE HAVE TO BUY THEM TIME TO CONTINUE TO TRAIN AND FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO BECOME MORE LEGITIMATE TO THE EYES OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE. THEY ARE DOING THAT BY MOVING FORWARD, BY BRINGING MORE TROOPS IN IT PROVIDES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THEM TO PROVIDE MORE TIME AND DEFEAT THIS THREAT WHICH IS BOTH AL QAEDA THREAT AS WELL AS SECTARIAN VIOLENCE. EVEN GENERAL CASEY LAST MONTH SAID HE THOUGHT WE NEEDED MORE TROOPS. ANOTHER CLAIM HAS BEEN BY ONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES, QUOTE, PRIME MINISTER AL-MALAKI HAS INDICATED IN VIRTUALLY EVERY WAY HE CAN HE, TOO, OPPOSES THE SURGE AND YET ON JANUARY 13, PRIME MINISTER MALAKI SAID, QUOTE, THE STRATEGIC PLAN ANNOUNCED BY U.S. PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH REPRESENTS THE COMMON VISION AND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT AND THE U.S. ADMINISTRATION. I HAVE MORE EXAMPLES HERE, BUT ONE THAT WE'VE HEARD OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN VARIOUS FORMS WAS STATED BY ONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES YESTERDAY, OUR PRESIDENT AGAIN IS IGNORING MEMBERS OF THE BIPARTISAN IRAQ STUDY GROUP WHO OPPOSE THE ESCALATION THIS IS THE BOOK. I COMMEND IT TO EVERY AMERICAN. I WOULD LIKE TO QUOTE NOW FROM MY DEAR, DEAR LONG TIME FRIEND AND HUNTING PARTNER, THE FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE, JAMES A. BAKER III WHO SAID ON JANUARY 30 THIS YEAR, QUOTE THIS IS THE LANGUAGE AND ALL OF THE LANGUAGE OF THE REPORT WITH RESPECT TO A SURGE. QUOTE, WE COULD, HOWEVER, SUPPORT A SHORT-TERM REDEPLOYMENT OR SURGE OF AMERICAN COMBAT FORCES TO STABILIZE BAGHDAD OR TO SPEED UP THE TRAINING AND EQUIPING MISSION IF THE U.S. COMMANDER IN IRAQ DETERMINES THAT SUCH STEPS WOULD BE EFFECTIVE. THE ONLY TWO CONDITIONS ARE SHORT TERM AND COMMANDER IN IRAQ DETERMINES IT WILL BE EFFECTIVE. BOTH OF THESE CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN MET, SAID SECRETARY BAKER. 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    I YIELD HIM 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. KLINE

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR CONTINUING TO YIELD. THERE HAVE BEEN MANY CLAIMS OF FACT…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR CONTINUING TO YIELD. THERE HAVE BEEN MANY CLAIMS OF FACT WHICH I HAVE SOME COUNTERARGUMENTS WITH. I WOULD JUST SAY TO ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES, I WOULD CONCUR WITH CHAIRMAN SKELTON WE ARE ENTITLED TO OUR OWN OPINION. WE CAN EXPRESS. BUT WE ARE NOT, IN FACT, ENTITLED TO OUR OWN FACTS. LET'S STICK TO THE FACTS. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. ACKERMAN

    REPRESENTATIVE BART GORDON OF TENNESSEE. JOINT THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED…

    REPRESENTATIVE BART GORDON OF TENNESSEE. JOINT THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. GORDON

    WATCHED THIS HEALTHY DEBATE OVER THE LAST TWO DAYS I KEEP THINKING ABOUT…

    WATCHED THIS HEALTHY DEBATE OVER THE LAST TWO DAYS I KEEP THINKING ABOUT AN EMAIL THAT I RECEIVED FROM A LADY IN SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEE. YOU WOULD NEVER ACCUSE THIS WOMAN OF NOT SUPPORTING THE TROOPS BECAUSE HER HUSBAND WAS A SOLDIER SERVING IN IRAQ. IT WAS A MONTH -- HE WAS A MONTH FROM RETURNING HOME TO HIS WIFE AND HIS TWO DAUGHTERS. BUT HE WAS ORDERED TO STAY IN IRAQ FOR ANOTHER SIX MONTHS BECAUSE OUR TROOPS ARE SPREAD SO THIN. HE HASN'T BEEN HOME SINCE OCTOBER OF 2005. THESE ARE THE WORDS THAT SHE WROTE TO ME. MR. GORDON, WE NEED TO HELP OTHER COUNTRIES, BUT THERE ARE ALREADY 3,000 FAMILIES IN AMERICA WHOSE LIVES WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. I WANT, NEED, AND WOULD LOVE TO SEE MY HUSBAND AGAIN. MR. SPEAKER, THIS LADY SUPPORTS THE TROOPS. I SUPPORT THE TROOPS IN IRAQ AND I BELIEVE EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER SUPPORTS OUR TROOPS. THEY PERFORM THEIR MISSIONS WITH BRAVERY AND HONOR. I COMMEND THEM FOR THE JOB THEY ARE DOING. I AM UNCONVINCED DEPLOYING MORE TROOPS AND SPENDING MORE MONEY IS THE RIGHT STRATEGY. I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE. GENERAL COLIN POWELL SAID IN DECEMBER, I'M NOT PERSUADED THAT ANOTHER SURGE OF TROOPS INTO BAGHDAD FOR THE PURPOSES OF SUPPRESSING THIS CIVIL WAR WILL WORK. GENERAL GEORGE CASEY, THE FORMER COMMANDER OF U.S. FORCES IN IRAQ SAID LAST MONTH IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY VIEW A HEAVY AND SUSTAINED AMERICAN MILITARY PRESENCE WAS NOT GOING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM IN IRAQ. IN DECEMBER IT WAS REPORTED THAT THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF UNANIMOUSLY DISAGREED WITH THE CONCEPT OF TROOP ESCALATION. GENERAL COLIN POWELL, GENERAL GEORGE CASEY AND THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, THESE ARE MEN WHO SUPPORT THE TROOPS. YET THESE MEN JAPANESE AMERICANS, THE IRAQI STUDY GROUP AND THE IRAQI PRIME MINISTER HAVE ALL OPPOSED THIS TROOP SURGE. WE HAVE FOUR OTHER SURGES SINCE WE FIRST WENT TO IRAQ. NONE PRODUCED A LASTING CHANGE ON THE GROUND. IN OCTOBER, MORE COMBAT TROOPS WERE SENT INTO BAGHDAD TO FIGHT THE GROWING VIOLENCE THERE. UNFORTUNATELY, THE SECTARIAN VIOLENCE HAS ONLY GROWN WORSE. MANY HAVE ENDURED GREAT SACRIFICES IN THE FOUR YEARS THIS WAR HAS BEEN WAGED. MORE THAN 3,000 AMERICANS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES, 23,000 MORE HAVE BEEN WOUNDED. WE'VE SPENT MORE THAN $350 BILLION WITH MANY BILLIONS MORE TO GO. WE'VE BEEN IN IRAQ LONGER THAN WE WERE INVOLVED IN WORLD WAR II. AND THERE IS NO END IN SIGHT. FOR 1,300 YEARS SUNNIS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING SHIIAS. NOW IS THE TIME FOR THE IRAQIS TO TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY FOR SECURING THE PEACE IN THEIR OWN NATION. NO ONE HAS OFFERED ANY EVIDENCE THAT 20,000 MORE AMERICAN TROOPS WOULD CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF A FOUR-YEAR-OLD WAR OR A 1,300 YEARS OF HISTORY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ACKERMAN

    MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES -- TO ASK…

    MR. SPEAKER, IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES -- TO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT OF THE DISTINGUISHED THE GENTLEWOMAN, CONGRESSWOMAN FROM THE U.S. TERRITORY OF GUAM, MADELEINE BORDALLO.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MS. BORDALLO

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT MY STATEMENT FOR H.R. 63 INTO THE…

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT MY STATEMENT FOR H.R. 63 INTO THE RECORD. SWOUKS. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN SHIMKUS OF ILLINOIS FOR THREE MINUTES. HE'S AN EX-ARMY ACADEMY GRADUATE AND SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY AND STILL IN THE RESERVE.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. SHIMKUS

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. CORRECTION, YOU WILL BE RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. .…

    WITHOUT OBJECTION. CORRECTION, YOU WILL BE RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES. . 6.

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    MR. SHIMKUS

    VETERANS, ACTIVE-DUTY MEMBERS AND NATIONAL GUARD RESERVISTS. MY SON IS…

    VETERANS, ACTIVE-DUTY MEMBERS AND NATIONAL GUARD RESERVISTS. MY SON IS EMBEDDED WITH THE IRAQI ARMY. I ASKED HIM IF HE KNEW ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN FOR MORE TROOPS. HE HADN'T HEARD ABOUT IT, BUT HIS COMMENT TO ME WAS, WE COULD USE THEM. PLEASE SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT AND THE TROOPS. MAY BE OUR LAST BEST CHANCE TO WIN THIS THING. WINNING THE IMPERATIVE. AND ANOTHER, WE HAVE TO LET OUR GENERALS BE GENERALS AND WAGE THIS WAR AS ONLY THEY ARE TRAINED TO DO AND HAVE HOPE THAT THE ANNOUNCED TROOP BUILDUP WILL BE THE FINAL KEY BY THE IRAQIS TO BUILD A SECURE AND UNITED COUNTRY. ANOTHER, WE HAVE TO HOPE IT'S NOT TOO LATE FOR THE U.S. TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN IRAQ. AND ANOTHER, WE NEED TO SEND A MESSAGE TO OUR TROOPS THAT AMERICA WANTS THEM TO SUCCEED IN IRAQ BY GIVING THE BUILDUP A CHANCE TO SUCCEED. STILL ANOTHER, MY FELLOW GUARDS MEN ARE READY. WE WILL DO WHATEVER IS ASKED OF US. PLEASE ENSURE THAT THE RESOURCES, FUNDS AND EQUIPMENT CONTINUE TO FLOW. SUPPORTING THE TROOPS MEANS GIVING US THE MEANS TO DO OUR JOB. AND ANOTHER. WE ALSO NEED TO STAY IN IRAQ AND PUT FORTH THE NECESSARY WILL AND RESOURCES THAT WILL ALLOW OUR STRATEGY TO SUCCEED. AND ANOTHER, MOREOVER, OUR TROOPS NEED MORE OPEN RULES OF ENGAGEMENT TO DO THEIR JOB EFFECTIVELY. ANOTHER E-MAIL, ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES AND IN OUR RECENT ELECTIONS, THE CONSEQUENCES HAVE BEEN A MAJOR SET BACK ON THE WAR ON TERROR AND GREATER THREAT TO TERRORISTS. ANOTHER, OUR ENEMIES VIEW US OF NOT HAVING THE STOMACH TO FIGHT. IF WE WITHDRAW, THE CREDIBILITY OF THE U.S., OUR MILITARY AND ASSURANCES WILL BE LOST FOR YEARS, PROBABLY DECADES. AND ANOTHER, THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE AMONG OFFICERS IS THAT WE MUST STAY AND FINISH WHAT WE HAVE STARTED. MANY OF THESE OFFICERS HAVE BUILT STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH LOCAL IRAQI AND AFGHAN CITIZENS, WHO WANT TO RAISE THEIR FAMILY IN PEACE. ANOTHER, WE DO, IN FACT, HAVE MANY MORE IRAQI POLICE UNITS MOVING INTO BAGHDAD AND MANY ARE EFFECTIVELY PARTNERING WITH U.S. UNITS. ANOTHER, THEY PASSED THE BUDGET LAST WEEK, AND HAVE MADE SOME PROGRESS WITH OTHER LEGISLATION, WHICH INDICATES THEY CAN WORK SOME POLITICAL COMPROMISES. AND I'LL END WITH THIS, I WOULD HOPE THAT YOUR COLLEAGUES WOULD BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT WHAT WE ARE DOING, BECAUSE IT HONESTLY DOES HAVE A REASONABLE CHANCE OF SUCCESS. THESE ARE REAL COMMUNICATIONS, WITH REAL SOLDIERS, ACTIVE DUTY IN IRAQ, NATIONAL GUARDSMEN, RESERVISTS AND VETERANS THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY, WHO SAY, THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR VICTORY. WE HAVE TO WIN THIS CAMPAIGN. IT'S IN OUR NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS TO SUPPORT MODERATE ARAB STATES. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. ACKERMAN

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:48:52 PM

    MR. MCGOVERN

    OPPOSE THIS WAR. WE HAD NO BASIS OR JUSTIFICATION OR RIGHT TO INVADE IRAQ.…

    OPPOSE THIS WAR. WE HAD NO BASIS OR JUSTIFICATION OR RIGHT TO INVADE IRAQ. IT WAS A MISTAKE. THERE WERE NO EASY ANSWERS OR SOLUTIONS BEFORE US. NO MATTER WHAT OPTION WE PURSUE, THERE IS NO NICE, NEAT, HAPPY ENDING. SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T FIX MISTAKES. HOPEFULLY, WE CAN MAKE THIS AWFUL SITUATION LESS AWFUL. THIS WAR SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED. THAT'S NOT JUST MY OPINION, BUT THE OPINION OF MANY OF THE TOP MILITARY LEADERS IN OUR COUNTRY. THE WAR HAS DIMINISHED OUR STANDING IN THE WORLD. IT HAS BEEN USED AS A RECRUITING TOOL BY THE VERY TERRORISTS WE SAY WE WANT TO DEFEAT. IT HAS COST US HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. AND MOST SIGNIFICANTLY, WE HAVE SACRIFICED THE PRECIOUS LIVES OF SO MANY OF OUR BRAVE SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN AND THOUSANDS MORE HAVE RETURNED HOME SOUTHEASTERLYLY WOUNDED. AND I HAVE LISTENED TO MY COLLEAGUES WHO SAY WE MUST FOLLOW OUR LEADER AND BE QUIET. SOME HAVE SUGGESTED THAT THOSE OF US WHO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND WANT THIS WAR TO END ARE DOING A DISSERVICE TO OUR TROOPS. MR. SPEAKER, FOR FOUR LONG YEARS, CONGRESS HAS DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN THE FACE OF MISTAKE AFTER MISTAKE IN IRAQ. NONE OF US IN THIS CHAMBER HAVE TO WAKE UP TOMORROW IN BAGHDAD OR FALLUJAH OR TIKRIT. NONE OF US HAVE TO WAKE UP EACH MORNING AND GO ON PATROL IN ANBAR PROVINCE. NONE OF US ARE IN HARM'S WAY. BUT WE ARE RESPONSIBLE, ALL OF US, JUST LIKE THE PRESIDENT, FOR SIGNING OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN TO BE REFEREES IN A SECTARIAN CIVIL WAR. IF WE WANT TO PROTECT OUR TROOPS, IF WE TRULY ARE CONCERNED WITH THEIR SAFETY AND WELL-BEING, THEN BRING THEM HOME AND REUNITE THEM WITH THEIR FAMILIES. "NEWSWEEK" COLUMNIST ANNA QUINN LAN PUT IT THIS WAY, THERE IS NO BETTER WAY TO SUPPORT THOSE FIGHTING IN IRAQ THAN TO GUARANTEE THEY DON'T DIE IN THE SERVICE OF POLITICAL MISCALCULATION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE WAY AHEAD OF THE POLITICIANS IN WASHINGTON. CITIZENS OF ALL POLITICAL PER WATIONS ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THE POLITICAL SPIN AND POSTURING. OUR FOCUS SHOULD NOT BE ABOUT SAVING FACE BUT SHOULD BE ABOUT SAVING LIVES. THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE BEEN MISLED, THEY HAVE BEEN DECEIVED AND HAVE BEEN LIED TO. INCREASINGLY, PEOPLE DO NOT TRUST THEIR GOVERNMENT TO TELL THE TRUTH ON THE WAR. MR. SPEAKER, I DON'T TRUST MY GOVERNMENT TO TELL ME THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS WAR. THERE IS NO MILITARY VICTORY TO BE HAD. THE ONLY HOPE IS A POLITICAL SOLUTION. THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT AND THE IRAQI PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER AND THE ABILITY TO MOVE IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION, A DIRECTION THAT SEEKS TO CALM SECTARIAN VIOLENCE AND HEAL SECTARIAN DIVIDES, RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF ALL CITIZENS AND UPHOLD THE RULE OF LAW THAT APPLIES TO EVERYONE, EQUALLY. BUT THEY HAVE TO CHOOSE THAT PATH THEMSELVES. REGRETTABLY, I HAVE LITTLE CONFIDENCE IN THE CURRENT IRAQI GOVERNMENT WILL MAKE SUCH A CHOICE. I HOPE I'M WRONG. MR. SPEAKER, IT IS ESSENTIAL TO CHANGE THE DYNAMIC INSIDE IRAQ AND TO DO THAT, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE DRAMATICALLY CHANGE OUR POLICY. THAT MEANS WE MUST END THE U.S. OCCUPATION AND BEGIN A DIPLOMATIC EFFORT TO PROMOTE RECONCILIATION AND AN END TO THE VIOLENCE. WE SHOULD BEGIN THE IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL OF OUR TROOPS FROM IRAQ. WE SHOULD PROVIDE PROTECTION AND POLITICAL ASYLUM TO THOSE IN IRAQ WHO HAVE ASSISTED US AND WHO MAY BE IN DANGER BECAUSE OF THAT. THE UNITED STATES MUST DEMONSTRATE THE MATURITY AND THE COMMON SENSE TO TALK TO POLITICAL LEADERS AND TO COUNTRIES WE DON'T LIKE, INCLUDING SYRIA AND IRAN. NONE OF THIS WILL BE PLEASANT, NONE OF THIS WILL BE EASY, AND THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES THAT IT WILL WORK, BUT I'M SURE OF ONE THING. WHAT WE'RE DOING NOW IS FAILING. WHAT WE'RE DOING NOW IS NOT HEALING THE DIVISIONS IN IRAQ AND NOT SERVING THE BEST SECURITY INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES. OUR OWN INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES HAVE REPORTED TO US THAT THIS WAR IS CREATING MORE TERRORISTS. NO ONE IN THIS HOUSE ENJOYS THIS DISCUSSION. SOME I KNOW WISH THAT SOMEHOW THIS ISSUE WOULD GO AWAY, BUT MR. SPEAKER, IT WON'T. SO NO MATTER HOW UNCOMFORTABLE THIS DEBATE IS FOR SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES, IT IS LONG OVERDUE. THE MESSAGE THAT CONGRESS HOPEFULLY WILL SEND TOMORROW BYPASSING THIS RESOLUTION IS ONE THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT US TO SEND AND ONE THAT THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO HEAR. PRESIDENT JOHNSON ONCE REMARKED, IT IS EASY TO GET INTO A WAR BUT HARD AS HELL TO GOAT OUT OF ONE. THE CHOICES BEFORE US WILL NOT BE EASY, IT WILL BE DIFFICULT, EVEN PAINFUL TO EXTRICATE OURSELVES FROM THIS WAR, BUT IT IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION THAT SUPPORTS OUR TROOPS AND OPPOSES THIS ESCALATION AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 12:53:50 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND…

    THANK YOU FOR YIELDING AND I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND THESE REMARKS

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    TO THIS RESOLUTION. THERE ARE MANY FLAWS IN THIS RESOLUTION. ONE OF THE…

    TO THIS RESOLUTION. THERE ARE MANY FLAWS IN THIS RESOLUTION. ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS IS THAT WHILE IT GIVES LIP SERVICE TO A DESIRE TO PROTECT THE TROOPS, IT TURNS AROUND AND DISAPPROVES OF THE PLAN THAT IS BEST CALCULATED BY THE COMMANDERS ON THE GROUND TO BRING ORDER TO BAGHDAD. THIS SURGE IS THE BEST WAY IN THE OPINION OF THE COMMANDERS TO CLAMP DOWN ON THE INSURGENCY, TO PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND ULTIMATELY, TO LEAD TO VICTORY. I DON'T SEE HOW YOU CAN CLAIM TO PROTECT AND SUPPORT THE TROOPS, WHILE TAKING AWAY THE BEST OPTION FOR VICTORY. THAT BRINGS UP ANOTHER SERIOUS FLAW IN THIS RESOLUTION. IT HAS NO POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE. THE RESOLUTION SEEMS TO SAY THAT WE SHOULD GO ON AS BEFORE, WHICH I THOUGHT MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE SAID WAS UNACCEPTABLE. YET ANOTHER SERIOUS FLAW IS THAT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO ARE MANY THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY FROM THE BATTLEFIELD ARE SUBSTITUTING THEIR JUDGMENT FOR THAT OF THE COMMANDERS ON THE FIELD. THIS IS FOOLISH AND ARROGANT. THIS GIVES RISE TO A CONSTITUTIONAL CONFLICT AS WELL. THE CONSTITUTION GIVES THE PRESIDENT THE POWER OF COMMANDER IN CHIEF. PRESIDENT BUSH, WHO WAS RE-ELECTED BY A VOTE OF THE ENTIRE AMERICAN PEOPLE JUST TWO YEARS AGO, HAS THE DUTY AND THE AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT THE WAR IN IRAQ. CONGRESS HAS THE POWER TO DECLARE WAR AND TO FUND OR TO NOT FUND WAR, BUT DOES NOT HAVE THE POWER TO CONDUCT A WAR. THIS CONSTITUTIONAL DIVISION OF POWERS IS VITAL, BECAUSE AMONG OTHER THINGS, A CLEAR CHAIN OF COMMAND IS BETTER CALCULATED TO LEAD TO VICTORY WITH THE LEAST POSSIBLE LOSS OF LIFE. WAR BUY COMMITTEE ON THE ON THE OTHER HAND DOES NOT SERVE THE BEST INTERESTS OF OUR TROOPS. BECAUSE THIS RESOLUTION IS DEEPLY FLAWED, IT WILL SEND BAD MESSAGES IF IT IS PASSED. IT WILL SEND A MESSAGE TO OUR ENEMIES THAT WE ARE WEAK AND UNABLE TO COMPLETE A DIFFICULT TASK. IT WILL SEND A MESSAGE TO OUR ALLIES THAT WE ARE UNDEPENDABLE. IT WILL SEND A MESSAGE TO THE FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES, TO OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN DISABLED AND THE TROOPS IN THE FIELD THAT THEIR SACRIFICE IS IN VAIN BECAUSE IT IS NOT WORTH OUR COMMITMENT. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES NOT TO GO DOWN THIS ROAD. IF AMERICA DOES ABANDON IRAQ, WHICH MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE AISLE WANT TO BE THE ULTIMATE OUTCOME, DESTRUCTION WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST AND WILL BE LIKELY TO COME TO OUR OWN SHORES. I KNOW THAT THE STRUGGLE AGAINST TERRORISM IS DIFFICULT, BUT WE CANNOT GIVE UP. YES, WE MUST LEARN AS WE GO, AND YES, WE MUST ADAPT TO CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES. BUT WE MUST NOT THINK THAT RETREAT WILL BRING RELIEF. WE AND THE ENTIRE WORLD WILL PAY A TERRIBLE PRICE IF WE GO DOWN THAT ROAD. THIS RESOLUTION IS THE FIRST STEP DOWN THAT ROAD. I URGE THE DEFEAT OF THIS RESOLUTION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. ACKERMAN

    I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE AND…

    I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE AND CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON CONSERVATION, CREDIT, ENERGY AND RESEARCH, THE GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, TIM HOLDEN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED. FIVE MINUTES.

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    TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE…

    TODAY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE STRONG BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE SERVING IN IRAQ AND AROUND THE WORLD. I REPRESENT THOUSANDS OF MEN AND WOMEN ON ACTIVE DUTY AND IN THE NATIONAL GUARD AND IN THE RESERVES. I HAVE VISITED OUR WOUNDED AND INJURED TROOPS AT WALTER REDED. MY COMMITMENT TO OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN ARE UNWAVERING. HOWEVER I DISAGREE WITH DEPLOYING 20,000 MORE TROOPS TO IRAQ. THE PRESIDENT HAS CONSISTENTLY SAID THAT THE SIZE OF THE FORCE WOULD BE DETERMINED BY MILITARY LEADERS ON THE GROUND. YET, THE TWO PREVIOUS LEADING COMMANDERS ON THE GROUND DO NOT SUPPORT THE ADDITION OF MORE TROOPS. GENERAL GEORGE CASEY, THE FORMER COMMANDER OF THE MULTINATIONAL FORCE IN IRAQ AND CURRENT CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE ARMY ADVOCATED TRANSFERRING SECURITY DUTIES TO IRAQI SOLDIERS. GENERAL CASEY SAID, AND I QUOTE, THE LONGER WE AND THE U.S. FORCES CONTINUE TO BEAR THE MAIN BURDEN OF IRAQ'S SECURITY, IT LENGTH THENS THE TIME THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAQ HAS TO TAKE THE HARD DECISIONS ABOUT RECONCILIATION IN DEALING WITH THE MILITIAS. HE GOES ON TO SAY, AND THE OTHER THING IS THAT THEY CONTINUE TO BLAME US FOR ALL OF IRAQ'S PROBLEMS, WHICH ADDS FACE IS THERE PROBLEMS. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY VIEW THAT A HEAVY AND SUSTAINED MILITARY PRESENCE WAS NOT GOING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS IN IRAQ IN THE LONG RUN, END QUOTE. ADDITIONALLY, GENERAL T. ABIZAID, THE FORMER COMMANDER OF U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND IN THE MIDDLE EAST HAS SAID THAT HE DID NOT BELIEVE THAT ADDING MORE AMERICAN TROOPS RIGHT NOW IS THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM AND ALSO ADVOCATED TRANSFERRING RESPONSIBILITY TO THE IRAQIS. GENERAL ABIZAID SAID, QUOTE, I MET WITH EVERY DIVISIONAL COMMANDER, GENERAL CASEY, THE CORE COMMANDER, WE ALL TALKED TOGETHER. AND I SAID, IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL OPINION, IF WE WERE TO BRING IN MORE AMERICAN TROOPS NOW, DOES IT ADD CONSIDERABLY TO OUR ABILITY TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN IRAQ? AND THEY ALL SAID NO. AND THE REASON IS BECAUSE WE WANT THE IRAQIS TO DO MORE. IT IS EASY FOR THE IRAQIS TO RELY UPON US TO DO THIS WORK. I BELIEVE THAT MORE AMERICAN FORCES PREVENT THE IRAQIS FROM DOING MORE, FROM TAKING MORE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN FUTURE, END QUOTE. DURING THE COURSE OF THE WAR, I VISITED IRAQ TWICE, IN 2003 AND 2005. WHILE I WAS THERE, THE MAIN GOAL, OTHER THAN ACHIEVING VICTORY WAS DEVELOPING IRAQ'S INFRASTRUCTURE. . YET AFTER FOUR YEARS AND HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WE HAVE HAD NOT MUCH SUCCESS IN BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE. OIL PRODUCTION IS ONE HALF THE PREWAR LEVEL, WHILE CONDITIONS OF BASIC SERVICES SUCH AS WATER, POWER, AND SEWAGE ARE BELOW THAT. IN BAGHDAD ELECTRICITY LEVELS ARE AT AN ALL-TIME LOW. WHILE WE HAVE SPENT BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON THESE PROBLEMS, $9 BILLION IS LOST AND UNACCOUNTED FOR. THAT IS WHY I LOSS RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE BLOG -- BLUE DOG RESOLUTION THAT PROVIDES COST ACCOUNTABILITY FOR OCCUPATION -- OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. THIS RESOLUTION WILL DIRECTLY ADDRESS THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND SECURITY FAILURES IN IRAQ. MORE SPECIFICALLY, THE RESOLUTION REQUIRES THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSPECTOR GENERAL AND SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR IRAQI RECONSTRUCTION TO REPORT TO CONGRESS EVERY 90 DAYS WITH, ONE, A DETAILED ACCOUNTING OF HOW MILITARY AND RECONSTRUCTION FUNDS IN IRAQ HAVE BEEN SPENT. TWO, A DETAILED ACCOUNTING OF THE TYPES AND TERMS OF CONTRACTS AWARDED ON BEHALF OF THE UNITED STATES. THREE, A DESCRIPTION OF EFFORTS TO OBTAIN SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE FROM OTHER COUNTRIES TOWARD THE REHABILITATION OF IRAQ, AND FINALLY, FOUR, AN ASSESSMENT OF WHAT ADDITIONAL FUND SOMETHING NEEDED TO COMPLETE MILITARY OPERATIONS AND RECONSTRUCTION EFFORTS IN IRAQ. INCLUDING A PLAN FOR THE SECURITY OF IRAQ. MR. SPEAKER, OUR TROOPS HAVE DONE THEIR JOB AND PERFORMED WITH GREAT COURAGE AND HONOR. THE SOLUTION IN IRAQ CAN NO LONGER BE RESOLVED MILITARILY. WE MUST WIN BOTH POLITICALLY AND DIPLOMATICALLY. WE MUST ASK IRAQ'S SIX NEIGHBORS TO USE INFLUENCE THAT IS CONSISTENT WITH OUR OWN OBJECTIVES, AND WE MUST CONVINCE THEM THAT STABILITY IN THE REGION IS IN THEIR BEST INTEREST. IN CLOSING, I WANT TO OFFER MY UTMOST DWRATTUDE -- GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION FOR OUR TROOPS, OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN AND ALSO WITH THEIR FAMILIES AS WE PRAY FOR THEM TO RETURN SAFELY. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD NOW TO THE GENTLELADY FROM…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'D LIKE TO YIELD NOW TO THE GENTLELADY FROM WASHINGTON, KATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS, THREE MINUTES.

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    MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS AFTERNOON WE CONTINUE HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THIS AFTERNOON WE CONTINUE HERE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR ANOTHER CHAPTER IN THE LONG AND HEALTHY DEBATE ON PROMOTING FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY AROUND THE WORLD WHILE MAINTAINING THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY, OF OUR CITIES, OF OUR HOMES, AND OUR FAMILIES. THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US TODAY APPROPRIATELY BEGINS WITH THE AFFIRMATION OF OUR VIGOROUS, UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN NOW SERVING OUR COUNTRY IN UNIFORM. WE PLEDGE TO GIVE THEM EVERY TOOL THEY NEED TO FULFILL THEIR ASSIGNED MISSIONS WHILE PROVIDING THE MAXIMUM PROTECTION POSSIBLE. ADDITIONALLY, WE PLEDGE THEIR FAMILIES EVERY MEANS OF SUPPORT. WHEN THEIR LOVED ONES ARE OVERSEAS AND WHEN THEY RETURN HOME. MY DISTRICT IN EASTERN WASHINGTON IS THE PROUD HOME OF FAIR CHILD AIR FORCE BASE THAT HOUSES THE 92ND AIR REFUELING WING. THESE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE BEEN AN IMPORTANT PART OF FIGHTING THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR. OUR COMMUNITY, LIKE EVERY COMMUNITY AROUND THE COUNTRY, SUPPORTS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. TOGETHER WE HAVE CELEBRATED VICTORIES AND TOGETHER WE HAVE MOURNED LOSSES. WE UNANIMOUSLY STAND BY OUR TROOPS BECAUSE ALMOST FIVE YEARS AGO THIS CONGRESS ASKED THEM TO STEP FORWARD TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AND WIN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM. ON OCTOBER 10, 2002, BEFORE MANY OF US WERE HERE, INCLUDING MYSELF, 296 MEMBERS OF THIS BODY, INCLUDING 81 DEMOCRATS, PASSED A BIPARTISAN BILL AUTHORIZING THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE IN IRAQ. THE NEXT DAY, 77 MEMBERS OF THE SENATE APPROVED A MOTION AUTHORIZING THE SAME USE OF FORCE. WHAT CONGRESS REALIZED THEN WAS THE IMPORTANCE TO THE SECURITY OF OUR OWN COUNTRY OF A FREE AND STABLE IRAQ AND A PEACEFUL AND SECURE MIDDLE EAST. FIVE YEARS AGO CONGRESS WAS AT A CROSSROADS AND MADE A VERY DIFFICULT DECISION. TODAY YOUNG GIRLS IN IRAQ CAN NOW ATTEND SCHOOL. DEMOCRATIC ELECTION VS. BEEN HELD, A FLENG LING GOVERNMENT IS IN PLACE, AND SADDAM HUSSEIN -- FLEDGLING GOVERNMENT IS IN PLACE, AND SADDAM HUSSEIN, A MURDERER OF OVER 300,000 IRAQIS S. NO LONGER A THREAT TO HIS OWN PEOPLE OR TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. IN IRAQ WE HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED VICTORIES AND SUCCESSES. IN THE PAST YEAR WE ALL RECOGNIZED THE CONDITION IN IRAQ HAS GROWN MORE GRAVE. I KNOW A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE I VISITED NEARLY A YEAR AGO. AL QAEDA OPERATIVES, SUNNI DEATH SQUADS, AND SHIAH MILITIAS PROPPED UP BY THE RECKLESS DICTATORSHIP IN IRON HAVE FUELED VIOLENCE AND THREATENED THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE. SO CONGRESS IS ONCE AGAIN AT A CROSSROADS. THE REALITIES -- THE REALITY OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN IRAQ REQUIRE A WINNING STRATEGY. THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY OUR REFORMED INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY SENDS A CLEAR WARNING IN THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE ON IRAQ. QUOTE, UNLESS EFFORTS TO REVERSE THESE CONDITIONS SHOW MEASURABLE PROGRESS, THE SITUATION WILL CONTINUE TO DETERIORATE. THE SOLUTION CANNOT BE IN LEAVING THINGS AS THEY ARE. THE N.I.E. CONTINUES COALITION CAPABILITIES REMAIN AN ESSENTIAL STABILIZING ELEMENT IN IRAQ.

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    MRS. MCMORRIS RODGERS

    THERE ARE THREE COURSES OF ACTION, LEAVE THINGS AS THEY ARE. WE KNOW THIS…

    THERE ARE THREE COURSES OF ACTION, LEAVE THINGS AS THEY ARE. WE KNOW THIS IS NOT SUFFICIENT. DRAW DOWN ARMED FORCES IN IRAQ. THIS WILL ONLY LEAD TO DEADLY INDISCRIMINATE VIOLENCE. COSTING THE LIVES OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE. OR RESPOND BY GIVING OUR COMMANDERS IN IRAQ THE RESOURCES AND THE MISSION OPTIONS NEEDED FOR SUCCESS. ALL OF US HERE SUPPORT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. WE MUST CONTINUE TO EMPOWER THEM TO DEFEAT THE ENEMIES OF FREEDOM IN IRAQ. CONGRESS IS NOW IN THE MIDST OF MAKING A DECISION THAT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE FUTURE SECURITY OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY OR BEGIN THE PROCESS OF CHIPPINGWAY AT THE CORE OF THIS RESOLVE. SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS BUT NOT SUPPORTING THE WAR IS NOT AN OPTION. VICTORY IS THE ONLY REAL CHOICE. THE CONSEQUENCES OF FAILURE ARE UNACCEPTABLE. ABANDONING IRAQ WOULD EMBOLDEN THE MILITANTS. IT WOULD CREATE A HUMANITARIAN CRISIS, IMPACTING MILLIONS, INSTABILITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST WILL CREATE MORE VIOLENCE AND LEAVE THE U.S. VULNERABLE TO FUTURE ATTACKS. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RESOLUTION.

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    MR. ACKERMAN

    I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES…

    I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES SUBCOMMITTEE ON CAPITAL MARKETS, INSURANCE, AND GOVERNMENT SPONSORED ENTERPRISES, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, CONGRESSMAN PAUL KANJORSKI.

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    MR. KANJORSKI

    I RISE TODAY TO JOIN THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE…

    I RISE TODAY TO JOIN THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE CONGRESS, AND MANY TOP U.S. MILITARY COMMANDERS TO VOICE MY OPPOSITION TO PRESIDENT BUSH'S ILL-CONCEIVED PLAN TO SEND MORE AMERICAN TROOPS INTO THE MIDDLE OF AN ONGOING CIVIL WAR IN IRAQ. THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN, WHICH HAS BEEN ATTEMPTED BEFORE ON FOUR SEPARATE OCCASIONS AND FAILED, IS SIMULTANEOUSLY TOO LITTLE AND TOO MUCH. 21,000 TROOPS IS LITTLE TOO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE CITY OF SIX MILLION WHO ARE UNWILLING TO SEE BEYOND THEIR SECTARIAN DIFFERENCES. AND TOO MUCH BURDEN TO PLACE ON THE AMERICAN MILITARY ALREADY STRETCHED TO THE BREAKING POINT. MR. SPEAKER, IN OCTOBER 2002 -- OCTOBER, 2002, I VOTED IN FAVOR OF LEGISLATION TO ALLOW PRESIDENT BUSH TO DEFEND THE NATIONAL SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY AGAINST THE STATED THREATS POSED BY SADDAM HUSSEIN. IN LARGE PART I BASED MY DECISION ON THE INFORMATION I LEARNED IN SEVERAL CLASSIFIED BRIEFINGS WITH HIGH LEVEL ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS ABOUT THE CAPACITIES OF THE IRAQIS TO DELIVER WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION TO THE UNITED STATES. THESE OFFICIALS POINTED TO THE IMMINENT THREAT POISED BY SADDAM HUSSEIN AND HIS POTENTIAL USE OF UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES TO DELIVER WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION TO OUR SHORES. OF COURSE WE NOW KNOW THAT THESE WEAPONS AS WELL AS THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S CLAIMS REGARDING SADDAM'S TIES TO AL QAEDA WERE FICTIONAL. THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR ACTION, HOWEVER, ARE QUITE REAL. TO DATE THE IRAQ WAR HAS COME AT A TERRIBLE COST TO THE UNITED STATES. MORE THAN 3,100 SERVICE MEMBERS HAVE BEEN KILLED AND GREATER THAN 23,400 HAVE BEEN WOUNDED. MY HOME STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA HAS LOST 149 SOLDIERS AND OVER 1,000 HAVE BEEN WOUNDED. MOREOVER, THE UNITED STATES HAS SPENT ALMOST $380 BILLION TO DATE WITH HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS MORE REQUESTED BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. THE WAR IN IRAQ HAS ALSO DIVERTED MUCH NEEDED RESOURCES AWAY FROM FIGHTING THE WAR ON TERRORISM AND ERADICATING AL QAEDA. THE FOCUS ON IRAQ AND AWAY FROM THE REAL THREAT OF AL QAEDA HAS RESULTED IN AN INCREASING NUMBER OF DEADLY ATTACKS LAUNCHED BY TALIBAN AND AL QAEDA FORCES IN AND AROUND AFGHANISTAN. ON TUESDAY "THE WASHINGTON POST" REPORTED THAT NATO'S TOP COMMANDER, GENERAL JOHN CHURDIK, HE QUOTED THAT HE WAS -- DOES NOT HAVE ENOUGH FORCES FOR THE ANTICIPATED SPRING OFFENSIVE BY THE TALIBAN. THE GENERAL WARNED THAT FAILURE TO SEND REINFORCEMENTS WAS WEAKENING THE MISSION AND JEOPARDIZING THE LIVES OF SOLDIERS FIGHTING IN AFGHANISTAN. MORE THAN 135,000 TROOPS ARE CURRENTLY SERVING IN IRAQ. MANY HAVE COMPLETED THEIR SECOND AND EVEN THEIR THIRD TOUR OF DUTY. MULTIPLE TOURS OF DUTY FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE MEMBERS HAVE CREATED HARDSHIPS FOR MANY AMERICAN FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT AND THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES. CURRENTLY THESE BRAVE AMERICAN FORCES ARE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A RELIGIOUS DISPUTE THAT BEGAN IN THE SEVENTH CENTURY BETWEEN RIFLE -- RIVAL MUSLIM FACTIONS. THESE UNDERLYING SECTARIAN HOSTILITIES HAVE COME TO THE FLOOR IN IRAQ AND HAVE GROWN INTO A FULL-BLOWN CIVIL WAR. BRINGING STABILITY TO IRAQ CANNOT BE ACHIEVED THROUGH AN ESCALATION OF OUR MILITARY INVOLVEMENT IN THAT COUNTRY. RATHER, SHIITES AND SUNNIS MUST DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES TO FORGE A POLITICAL SOLUTION TO THIS CRISIS IN WHICH THE INTEREST OF ALL IRAQIS ARE REPRESENTED. NEVERTHELESS, PRESIDENT BUSH IS IGNORING THE ADVICE OF HIS TOP GENERALS, THE BIPARTISAN IRAQ STUDY GROUP, THE MAJORITY OF CONGRESS, AND MOST OF ALL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BY ANNOUNCING HIS INTENTION TO SEND AN ADDITIONAL 21,000,500 -- 21,500 AMERICAN TROOPS INTO HARM'S WAY TO CONTINUE PURSUING A FLAWED POLICY. MR. SPEAKER, I OPPOSE THIS ESCALATION OF OUR TROOP PRESENCE IN IRAQ. THE TIME FOR MORE TROOPS WAS FOUR YEARS AGO WHEN GENERAL SHINSEKI PRESCIENTLY WARNED OF THE NEED FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF MILITARY PERSONNEL TO STABILIZE POSTWAR IRAQ. BUT THE PRESIDENT, THE VICE PRESIDENT, AND THE FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE BELIEVED THEY COULD FIGHT THIS WAR ON THE CHEAP. WITH TOO FEW TROOPS, TOO LITTLE ARMOR, AND TOO LITTLE HELP. THEY WERE WRONG AND NOW IT IS TOO LATE. MR. SPEAKER, FROM MY PERSPECTIVE THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US TODAY HAS BEEN LONG OVERDUE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE CALLED ON THIS CONGRESS TO EXPRESS THEIR DISAPPROVAL OF THIS WAR OF CHOICE IN IRAQ AND THIS PRESIDENT'S PROSECUTION OF IT. TO THAT END I WILL SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND…

    AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, PATRICK MCHENRY, FROM NORTH CAROLINA.

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    MR. MCHENRY

    NATIONAL PRIORITY SHOULD BE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY OF THE U.S. CONGRESS. I…

    NATIONAL PRIORITY SHOULD BE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY OF THE U.S. CONGRESS. I TALK TO MY CONSTITUENTS IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA A LOT ABOUT THE SITUATION IN IRAQ. WE UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES. I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES OF THIS WAR. BUT WE ALSO KNOW THE CONSEQUENCES OF QUITTING ARE TOO DIRE AND TOO DANGEROUS. WE KNOW THAT LEAVING AN UNSTABLE IRAQ ENDANGERS ISRAEL. OTHER WESTERN DEMOCRACIES, AS WELL AS OUR OWN NATIONAL INTERESTS AND OUR CONSTITUENTS HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THE PRESIDENT PUT FORWARD A PLAN THAT HE AND HIS GENERALS BELIEVE WILL LEAD TO A SAFE, SECURE, AND STABILIZED IRAQ. LET ME REPEAT THAT. HE PUT FORWARD A PLAN, A PLAN OF ACTION, AND A PLAN FOR SUCCESS. THE DEMOCRATS IN RESPONSE PUT FORWARD A NONBINDING RESOLUTION . NOW, THIS IS WASHINGTON SPEAK FOR LEGISLATION THAT DOESN'T HAVE THE FORCE OF LAW. NOW, THE DISTURBING THING IS NOT THAT IT'S A NONBINDING RESOLUTION, BUT THE MESSAGE THAT THIS LEGISLATIVE TOOL SENDS. IT SENDS NOT ONLY TO OUR AMERICAN PEOPLE, NOT ONLY TO THE TROOPS IN THE FIELD, BUT OUR ALLIES AROUND THE WORLD. AND IT ALSO EMBOLDENS OUR ENEMIES. THIS RESOLUTION SAYS THAT THIS TIME THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOT PREPARED TO OFFER A NEW DIRECTION, A PLAN, OR A SOLUTION FOR THE CHALLENGES WE FACE IN IRAQ. I OFFER THIS BIT OF WISDOM TO THE DEMOCRATS. YOU MUST BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE. IF THE DEMOCRATS ARE SERIOUS ABOUT DEVELOPING A NEW PLAN, THEN THE RIGHT THING TO DO IS SUBMIT IT. .

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    MR. MCHENRY

    LINE, REINFORCEMENTS WILL SET THE STAGE FOR SUCCESS AND WE NEED POLITICAL…

    LINE, REINFORCEMENTS WILL SET THE STAGE FOR SUCCESS AND WE NEED POLITICAL SUPPORT FOR THE ENDURANCE TO CONTINUE THIS FIGHT. THAT'S FROM MY FRIEND IN THE BATTLE FOLD. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS. WE NEED A PLAN FOR ACTION FOR RESULTS AND SUCCESS IN IRAQ. MADAM SPEAKER, YOU MADE YOUR POINTS, NOW WHERE'S YOUR PLAN? I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM IS RECOGNIZED.

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    NO OBJECTION.

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    MR. BOUCHER

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION AND I HOPE ITS ADOPTION WILL SEND YET…

    I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THE RESOLUTION AND I HOPE ITS ADOPTION WILL SEND YET ANOTHER POWERFUL MESSAGE THAT A CHANGE IN THE DIRECTION OF OUR IRAQ POLICY IS REQUIRED. SENDING THAT ADDITIONAL 21,TROOPS INTO BAGHDAD ONLY SERVES TO PUT AMERICA'S FORCES INTO HARM'S WAY. THE TROOP INCREASE WILL NOT BRING LONG-TERM STABILITY, IT WILL NOT HALT THE SECTARIAN STRIFE WHICH HAS PLUNGED IRAQ INTO A CIVIL WAR. IT WILL DO NOTHING TO SPEED THE DAY WHEN U.S. FORCES CAN HAND OVER THE MISSION TO THE IRAQIS AND COME HOME. BUT THERE IS A BETTER WAY. OUR VIRGINIA COLLEAGUE FRANK WOLF, ORIGINATED THE FORMATION OF THE COMMISSION THAT WAS CHAIRED BY FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE JAMES BAKER AND BY LEE HAMILTON, WHO, FOR YEARS WITH DISTINCTION, CHAIRED THE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE IN THIS HOUSE. I COMMEND CONGRESSMAN WOLF FOR HIS INFORMATIONSIGHT AND FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE HE PROVIDED TO OUR NATION WHEN HE ORIGINATED THE FORMATION OF THE BAKER-HAMILTON COMMISSION. THAT COMMISSION WAS BIPARTISAN. IT WAS COMPOSED OF OUR MOST EXPERIENCED FOREIGN POLICY EXPERTS SPANNING ADMINISTRATIONS OF BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENCIES. IT'S RECOMMENDATIONS WERE UNANIMOUSLY PRESENTED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION. THEY EMBODYY THE COLLECTIVE WISDOM OF THESE HIGHLY EXPERIENCED AMERICANS FOR THE BEST COURSE THIS NATION CAN TAKE FOR A PROMISING AND NEW DIRECTION IN IRAQ. AT THE CORE OF THEIR PROPOSALS WAS A BOLD RECOMMENDATION, THAT THE UNITED STATES BEGIN A DIALOGUE WITH IRAQ'S NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES ABOUT A WAY TO ACHIEVE REGIONAL STABILITY AND MOST PARTICULARLY, STABILITY IN IRAQ. IRAN, SYRIA, JORDAN, SAUDI ARABIA, ALL HAVE INFLUENCE WITH THE VARIOUS WARRING FACTIONS IN IRAQ. IRAN AND SYRIA, IN PARTICULAR, HAVE A STRONG INTEREST IN A MORE NORMAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES. ALL OF THESE COUNTRIES HAVE A LONG-TERM INTEREST IN A STABLE IRAQ. THE BAKER-HAMILTON DIRECTION FOR A U.S.-LED DIRECTION AMONG THESE NATIONS IS THE ONLY OPTION WE HAVE LEFT. IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE UNDER UNITED STATES GUIDANCE A PEACEFUL IRAQ. PRESIDENT BUSH HAS REJECTED THIS RECOMMENDATION. HE HAS ACTED, IN MY VIEW, VERY UNWISELY. MORE UNITED STATES TROOPS ARE NOT THE ANSWER. BLIND FAITH IN THE IRAQI PRIME MINISTER WITH HIS TIES TO THE SHIA MILITIA LEADER AL-SADR IS NOT THE ANSWER. A MILITARY STANDING ALONE IS NOT THE ANSWER OF THE THE ONLY PATH TO SUCCESS LIES IN DIPLOMACY AND ACCEPTING THE WISE COUNCIL OF THE BAKER-HAMILTON COMMISSION. FINALLY, THE ADMINISTRATION DECIDED TO TRY REAL DIPLOMACY IN NORTH KOREA, AND IT'S WORKING. IT'S ALSO THE ONLY HOPE WE HAVE FOR STABILITY IN IRAQ. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME, WE'D LIKE TO ALLOW THREE MINUTES TO THE THE…

    MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME, WE'D LIKE TO ALLOW THREE MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA TOM FEENEY.

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    MR. FEENEY

    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. FEENEY

    AMERICAN HERO, MR. JOHNSON, FOR LEADING US THIS AFTERNOON. I SUPPORTED THE…

    AMERICAN HERO, MR. JOHNSON, FOR LEADING US THIS AFTERNOON. I SUPPORTED THE MILITARY FORCE TO REMOVE SADDAM HUSSEIN. AFTERWARDS, IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN UP TO THE IRAQI PEOPLE AND NOT AMERICANS TO DETERMINE THEIR FATE IN HOW THEY GOVERN THEMSELVES. AMERICA MUST ACTIVELY CONSTRUCT THOSE INSTITUTIONS, WHICH TO ME SEEMS LIKE A VIEW OF AMERICA'S ROLE IN THE WORLD. IN 2000, CANDIDATE BUSH REJECTED NATION BUILDING. A VIEW HELD BY THE FOUNDING FATHERS WHO BELIEVED THAT THE CALLING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WAS NOT TO SHAPE THE WORLD BUT TO BE A LIGHT THAT LIGHTENS THE WORLD. PREFER CANDIDATE BUSH'S POSITION. I CANNOT SUPPORT REPRESENTATIVE SKELTON'S POSITION. HAVING A FULL AND OPEN DEBATE ABOUT THIS TOPIC, I HOPE THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF WILL RECOGNIZE THE DESIRES AND CONCERNS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AS EXPRESSED TODAY THROUGH THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES. BUT AMERICA HAS ONLY ONE AND NOT 535 COMMANDERS IN CHIEF. WE CANNOT MICROMANAGE THE CONDUCT OF A WAR. REPRESENT IF I HAVE SKELTON'S RESOLUTION SENDS MIXED SIGNALS TO OUR TROOPS WHO MUST FOCUS ON CARRYING OUT THEIR DANGEROUS MISSION. ONCE A DECISION HAS BEEN MADE, THIS BODY SHOULD SUPPORT THE TROOPS AND THEIR ONLY ONE COMMANDER IN CHIEF AS REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON'S RESOLUTION DOES. TELL OUR SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES, INTENTIONALLY OR NOT, THAT THEIR MISSION IS FUTE AISLE. WHEN WE UNDERMINE HOPE, WE UNDERMINE RESOLVE AND REDUCE THE LIKELIHOOD OF SUCCESS. AS SENATOR LEIBERMAN HAS STATED, THE RESOLUTION WOULD QUOTE GIVE THE ENEMY A CLEAR EXPRESSION THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE DIVIDED OR AS ARMY SERGEANT HOBSON EXPRESSED, THERE IS NO HONOR IN RETREAT AND NO HONOR IN WHAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE PROPOSED. INSTEAD, THE RESPONSIBLE THING FOR THIS CONGRESS WOULD HAVE BEEN TO PROPOSE A NEW WAY FORWARD, NEW TACTICS, NEW STRATEGIES, NOT JUST IN IRAQ, BUT IN THE ENTIRE WAR ON TERROR. A DEMOCRATIC SPEAKER ONCE REMARKED, ANY JACKASS CAN KICK DOWN A BARN BUT IT TAKES A CARPENTER TO BUILD ONE. GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS. GOD BLESS THEIR COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND GOD BLESS AMERICA. I YIELD BACK MY TIME

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    FROM WASHINGTON BRIAN BAIRD.

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    WHAT IS THE GENTLEMAN YIELDING?

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    MR. JOHNSON

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    YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. ACKERMAN

    SEE SO MANY PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE DISCOVERED THE…

    SEE SO MANY PEOPLE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE DISCOVERED THE REPORT OF THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE WAYS AND MEANS AND AGRICULTURE COMMITTEES, THE GENTLEMAN FROM NORTH DAKOTA, REPRESENTATIVE EARL POMEROY.

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    MR. POMEROY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YESTERDAY MORNING HI AN EXPERIENCE I'LL NEVER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. YESTERDAY MORNING HI AN EXPERIENCE I'LL NEVER FORGET. -- I HAD AN EXPERIENCE I'LL NEVER FORGET. IN THE SNOW, SLUSH, AND ICE I JOINED THE FAMILY OF MAJOR ALAN JOHNSON AS HIS BODY WAS LAID TO REST AT ARLINGTON CEMETERY. HE LOST HIS LIFE IN AN I.E.D. EXPLOSION IN IRAQ TWO WEEKS BEFORE. ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF NORTH DAKOTA, I EXPRESSED TO THE EXTENT I COULD OUR PROFOUND CONDOLENCES FOR THE FAMILY'S LOSS. THE MAJOR'S GRIEVING WIDOW STARED INTO MY EYES AND SAID, DO WHAT YOU CAN FOR OUR TROOPS OVER THERE. THIS IS NOT JUST THE PLEA AND PRAYER OF THE FAMILIES OF THE OUR SOLDIERS, IT'S THE DEMAND OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AND I BELIEVE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US HERE SHARES AN INTENSE COMMITMENT TO OUR SOLDIERS THAT COMES RIGHT FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEART. THIS DEBATE IS REVEALING A SHARP DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US ON HOW TO PROCEED IN IRAQ. BUT THERE ARE NO DIFFERENCES WHEN IT COMES TO THE ALL WE SHARE ABOUT THE VALOR OUR SOLDIERS HAVE DISPLAYED IN SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. I HAVE SEEN IT PERSONALLY IN THE FOUR TRIPS I HAVE BEEN TO IRAQ. I HAVE SEEN SOLDIERS IN FULL BATTLE GEAR. IN 133-DEGREE HEAT DOING THEIR ABSOLUTE BEST TO PERFORM THEIR MISSION. I HAVE SEEN NORTH DAKOTA NATIONAL GUARD SOLDIERS CHARGED WITH TRADING UP IRAQI SOLDIERS THROUGH AN IMPOSSIBLE, ABSOLUTE LANGUAGE BARRIER. I HAVE SEEN OTHER SOLDIERS JUST BACK FROM THE LIFE THREATENING BUSINESS OF FINDING AND DETONATING THESE EXPLOSIVE DEVICES, SAVING AMERICAN LIVES WHILE KEEPING ETENSION ROADS OPEN. AND LIKE MOST OF YOU I HAVE MOURNED AND PRAYED WITH SHATTERED FAMILIES WHOSE SONS AND DAUGHTERS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN SELFLESS SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND ALL WE CARE ABOUT. SO I CANNOT GET TORI JOHNSON'S FERVENT REQUEST OUT OF MY MIND. TAKE CARE OF OUR SOLDIERS OVER THERE. HONESTLY THERE IS NOTHING I CARE MORE ABOUT AS A MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE. SO HOW DO WE RESPOND? WE TAKE CARE OF OUR SOLDIERS OVER THERE BY MAKING CERTAIN THEY HAVE THE EQUIPMENT THEY NEED AS THEY UNDERTAKE THIS MOST DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS MISSION. WE TAKE CARE OF OUR SOLDIERS OVER THERE BY MAKING CERTAIN THEIR DEPLOYMENTS ARE ONLY FOR ACCEPTABLE PERIODS AND AT ACCEPTABLE INTERVALS WITH ENOUGH TIME AT HOME IN BETWEEN TO HEAL, TO REST, AND TO TRAIN. BUT BEYOND THESE THINGS WE TAKE CARE OF OUR SOLDIERS OVER THERE WHEN WE AS A CONGRESS MAKE CERTAIN THE MISSION THEY HAVE BEEN SENT TO PERFORM HAS A REASONABLE CHANCE OF SUCCESS. IN A WAR WHERE SO MANY TRAGIC MISTAKES HAVE BEEN MADE, THIS CONGRESS MUST NOT SIT QUIETLY BY WHILE ADDITIONAL PLANS ARE COOKED UP IN WASHINGTON WHOSE ONLY CERTAINTY IS TO ACCELERATE THE LOSS OF AMERICAN LIVES, COMPOUND THE ALREADY SEVERE STRAIN ON OUR MILL CAPABILITY, AND EXCEL -- ON OUR MILITARY CAPABILITY, -- FOR THESE REASONS THIS RESOLUTION IS A VERY IMPORTANT OPENING STATEMENT FOR THIS CONGRESS TO MAKE IN IRAQ IN 97 WORDS. IT STATES OUR SUPPORT FOR OUR SOLDIERS WHILE OPPOSING THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO ESCALATE THE NUMBER OF TROOPS WE SEND INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE SHIAH, SUNNI VIOLENCE TAKING PLACE IN BAGHDAD. ON ONE OF MY TRIPS TO IRAQ A SOLDIER SAID TO ME, WE CAN STAND UP AN IRAQI ARMY, BUT WE CANNOT CREATE A COUNTRY FOR THIS ARMY TO DEFEND. THIS SIMPLE TRUTH GOES RIGHT TO THE HEART OF THE ISSUE AND EXPOSES THE FLAW OF THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN. WITHOUT THE COMMITMENT BETWEEN THE WARRING PARTIES IN IRAQ TO STOP THE KILLING AND CREATE A POLITICAL AGREEMENT UPON WHICH A NATIONAL GOVERNMENT CAN EXIST, 20,000 MORE U.S. SOLDIERS ARE NOT LIKELY TO BRING ABOUT A LASTING PEACE. OUR SOLDIERS ARE DISCIPLINED AND DETERMINED. THEY HAVE SUPERBLY PERFORMED EVERYTHING THAT HAS BEEN ASKED OF THEM. HOWEVER THE UNITED STATES ALONE CANNOT CREATE A DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ. ONLY THE IRAQI PEOPLE CAN ACHIEVE THAT. A BROAD GROUP OF EXPERTS, INCLUDING THE BIPARTISAN IRAQ STUDY GROUP, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL, THE FORMER SENIOR MILITARY COMMANDER IN THE REGION, GENERAL JOHN ABIZAID HAVE ALL REJECTED THE STRATEGY OF ESCALATING U.S. TROOP NUMBERS AS A MEANS OF BRINGING THE FACTIONS OF IRAQ TOGETHER. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THIS TROOP ESCALATION WILL INCREASE THE TERRIBLE COST OF THIS ENDEAVOR, FOR LIVES LOST, MORE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN MAIMED FOREVER, MORE TENS OF BILLIONS SPENT ALL WITHOUT IMPROVING OUR PROSPECTS FOR AN ACCEPTABLE OUTCOME. UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES I WILL VOTE TO OPPOSE THIS ESCALATION OF TROOPS. IT'S PART OF WHAT I BELIEVE WE MUST DO. I ASK FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. ACKERMAN

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    MR. POMEROY

    THESE CIRCUMSTANCES I WILL OPPOSE THIS ESCALATION OF TROOPS. IT'S PART OF…

    THESE CIRCUMSTANCES I WILL OPPOSE THIS ESCALATION OF TROOPS. IT'S PART OF WHAT I BELIEVE WE MUST DO TO SUPPORT OUR SOLDIERS OVER THERE. AND THE AMERICAN INTERESTS THEY HAVE PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO DEFEND. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MR.…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MR. SCOTT GARRETT FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. GARRETT

    THE AUTHORS OF THIS RESOLUTION SAY THAT WE SHOULD PROVIDE OUR TROOPS WITH…

    THE AUTHORS OF THIS RESOLUTION SAY THAT WE SHOULD PROVIDE OUR TROOPS WITH ALL THE RESOURCES THEY NEED WHETHER IT BE ARMORS, BULLETS, AND HUMVEES. THAT IS ALL THE RESOURCES THEY NEED EXCEPT TWO. I'D ARGUE THEY ARE THE MOST CRITICAL ONES. MANPOWER AND THE SUPPORT OF OUR NATIONAL LEADERS. THIS DEMOCRATIC RESOLUTION CAN BE SUMMED UP IN THREE SIMPLE WORDS. TO STAY THE COURSE. THE IRONY HERE IS INESCAPABLE. JUST MONTHS AGO THE VERY SAME SUPPORTERS OF THIS RESOLUTION DERIDED THE PENTAGON AND THE WHITE HOUSE FOR PROPOSING TO STAY THE COURSE. BUT TODAY THEY BRING EXACTLY THAT SAME STRATEGY TO LIFE IN THEIR RESOLUTION. THIS RESOLUTION DOESN'T PROPOSE A NEW COURSE OF ACTION. IT DOESN'T HAVE THE COURAGE OF ITS AUTHOR'S RHETORIC CONVICTIONS TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF THE WAR. IT SIMPLY STATES THAT THIS CONGRESS WILL NOT SUPPORT THE NEW APPROACH PROPOSED BY OUR NEW COMMANDER AND THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP. GENERAL PETRAEUS, THE CHIEF ARCHITECT OF THIS NEW PLAN, WOULD CONFORM UNANIMOUSLY -- CONFIRM UNANIMOUSLY BY THE SENATE, YET MANY IN THIS BODY AND THAT BODY ARE OPPOSED TO THE STRATEGY HE NOW SEEKS TO IMPLEMENT. IT BEGS THE QUESTION, IF THE GENERAL IS THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB, THEN WHY IS HIS PLAN NOW NOT APPROPRIATE? THEY CLAIM TO SUPPORT THE TROOPS BUT SEEK TO UNDERCUT THEIR NEW LEADER'S STRATEGY. HOW CAN WE SUPPORT THE TROOPS WHEN WE INSIST THAT THEIR ORDERS ARE FAULTY? WE CANNOT PRAISE THE GENERAL OUT OF ONE SIDE OF OUR MOUTH WHILE MOCKING HIM OUT OF THE OTHER. WE HAVE HEARD IT SAID THAT THIS RESOLUTION CALLS FOR A NEW DIRECTION IN IRAQ. BUT I DEFY THOSE WHO SAY THIS, TO SAY WHAT THAT NEW DIRECTION IS. IT CERTAINLY -- IT'S CERTAINLY NOT APPARENT IN THIS RESOLUTION. THIS RESOLUTION IS ONLY AN EMPTY OPPOSITION TO THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF'S PLAN TO DEPLOY THE ARMED FORCES AS THE GENERALS ON THE FIELD SEE FIT. THIS TWO SENTENCE RESOLUTION SENSE EVER CONGRESS IS NOT A NEW PLAN FOR VICTORY. IN FACT IT IS NOT EVEN A NEW PLAN FOR BRINGING THE TROOPS HOME NOW. BUT TO LEAD THEM IN THE FIELD WITH UNDERMANPOWER. IT IS LITTLE MORE THAN A GIFT TO OUR ENEMIES WHO HAVE BEEN PATIENTLY AWAITING THE AMERICAN NAYSAYERS TO ERODE THE AMERICAN CONFIDENCE IN OUR MISSION. OUR ENEMIES DO NOT LACK MORALE. AND WE FUEL THEIR EXUBERANCE WITH THIS DRIVE FOR SUCCESS EVERY TIME THEY HEAR US SPECULATE ON WITHDRAWAL. OUR ENEMIES ARE FIGHTING US, AGAINST US, AND OUR SERVICE MEN AND ALLIES WITH THE BELIEF THAT EACH HEADLINE BRINGS THEM CLOSETORY VICTORY. OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM ARE UP TO THE TASK. BUT THEY NEED OUR SUPPORT NOT EMPTY PROPOSALS THAT DOUBT THEIR ABILITY TO SECURE THE PEACE. . MILLIONS OF PASTE IRAQIS ARE STRUGGLING TO REBUILD THEIR NATION AFTER SADDAM HUSSEIN. THEY WANT AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A BETTER FUTURE FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND ASK FOR OUR HELP. WILL WE NOW STAND ASIDE WHILE AL QAEDA AND IRAN SUPPORT FACTIONS THAT WOULD ENSLAVE THEM ONCE AGAIN? YOU KNOW, IT WAS FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT, WHO KNEW THE REPERCUSSIONS OF FAILING TO SUPPORT THOSE NATIONS WHO ARE STRUGGLING FOR LIBERTY WHEN HE SAID, AND I QUOTE, ENDURING PEACE CANNOT BE BOUGHT AT THE COST OF OTHER PEOPLE'S FREEDOM, END QUOTE. F.D.R. ALSO DECLARED, THAT WE ARE COMMITTED TO FULL SUPPORT OF ALL THOSE RESOLUTE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE WHO ARE RESISTING AGGRESSION AND KEEPING WAR AWAY FROM OUR HEMISPHERE. WE CANNOT HAVE PEACE IN IRAQ BY HANDING THOSE WHO ARE WORKING TO BUILD A NATION ON FREEDOM, JUSTICE AND PEACE, TURN IT OVER TO THOSE WHO SEEK DESTRUCTION OF THOSE PRINCIPLES. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. IF WE STAY THE COURSE, AS THIS RESOLUTION WOULD HAVE US DO, IT WILL NOT BELONG BEFORE THIS WAR RETURNS TO OUR SHORES. I WOULD END WITH THESE WORDS FROM TWO INDIVIDUALS. IN THE PAST, THEY HAVE TRAVELED TO NOW AND THE PATHS THEY HAVE DECIDED TO TAKE CANNOT BE ANY MORE DIFFERENT, BUT THEY ARE STRONG IN THEIR BELIEF AND THE WORDS SHOULD BE INSTRUCTTIVE TO BOTH OF US. MAY I HAVE 30 SECONDS?

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    MR. ACKERMAN

    OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF WATER AND POWER, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM…

    OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF WATER AND POWER, THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLELADY FROM GAVEL, GRACE NAPOLITANO.

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    MRS. NAPOLITANO

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JOIN IN OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN, A…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I JOIN IN OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN, A PLAN THAT ESCALATES OUR MEN AND WOMEN, TROOPS IN IRAQ. WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? WHAT ARE THE WORDS IN THIS RESOLUTION? IT SAYS, RESOLVE BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT, ONE, CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT AND PROTECT THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES, WHO ARE SERVING OR WHO HAVE SERVED BRAVELY AND HONORABLY IN IRAQ. AND SECONDLY, CONGRESS DISAPPROVES OF THE DECISION OF PRESIDENT BUSH ANNOUNCED ON JANUARY 10, 2007, TO DEPLOY MORE THAN 20,000 ADDITIONAL COMBAT TROOPS TO IRAQ. THAT IS ESSENCE OF WHAT WE SPEAK TO. I DID NOT VOTE FOR THE WAR RESOLUTION AND I DO NOT BELIEVE SENDING MORE YOUNG AMERICANS TO IRAQ AND PUTTING THEIR LIVES AT RISK WOULD CHANGE THE SITUATION. SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE IRAQ CONFLICT, OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM HAVE NOT RECEIVED THE ADEQUATE TRAINING NOR THE PROPER LIFE PROTECTION EQUIPMENT REQUIRED TO ENSURE THEIR SAFETY. I VISITED TWO YEARS AFTER THE IRAQ WAR STARTED AND THEY WILL STILL MAKING THE DOORS FOR THE HUMVEES TO PROTECT THEM FROM THOSE BOMBS THAT WERE KILLING AND MAIMING OUR MEN AND WOMEN. THE PRESIDENT'S SUPPORT TO PUT MORE TROOPS IN HARM'S WAY IN THE MIDDLE OF A CIVIL WAR, IT MAY BE LOCAL, BUT IT IS A CIVIL WAR, WERE NEITHER SIDE BACK OF OUR CONTINUED OCCUPATION, FURTHER ENDANGERS OUR TROOPS. MY CONSTITUENTS ARE NOT IN FAVOR OF THE ESCALATION. ON A 50 TO ONE, WE HAVE HAD PHONE CALLS, E-MAILS AND MESSAGES AND WANT OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN BACK. THEY DON'T WANT TO ESCALATE ANYMORE. FAMILIES HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH ALREADY. THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR CAUSING MORE PAIN AND ADDING TO THE SUFFERING OF THE MOTHERS AND OF THE FATHERS AND OF THE HUSBANDS AND THE WIVES, THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS AND OTHER LOVED ONES. WE SPEAK OF THE SOLDIERS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN IRAQ IN THIS WAR. WE SPEAK NOT OF THE THOUSANDS OF THE INJURED AND THE SUFFERING, THEY AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE BEING PUT THROUGH. THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE WAR IN IRAQ EXTENDS FAR BEYOND THE TALLY OF THE 3,100 KILLED AND THE 23,WOUNDED. THE NATION'S ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF THE ESCALATION ARE PROFOUND. POINT ONE, EVERY PORTION OF OUR BUDGET HAS BEEN CUT AND CONTINUES TO BE CUT EXCEPT FOR DEFENSE SPENDING. THE WORST BUDGET CUTS ARE TAKING FUNDING AWAY FROM OUR VETERANS, THE VERY MEN AND WOMEN WHO PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE IN IRAQ AND OTHER WARS. AND WE REGULARLY RECEIVE LETTERS AND PHONE CALLS, E-MAILS FROM CONSTITUENTS WHO ASK ME TO FUND VITAL SUCCESSFUL, NECESSARY PROGRAMS FOR THE COMMUNITIES WHERE WE CANNOT SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITIES WITH THE FUNDS THEY TRULY NEED AS THEY ARE INSTEAD BEING DIVERTED TO A WAR WE DID NOT SEEK. VITAL SOCIAL SERVICES, CRITICAL TO THE WELL-BEING OF THE PEOPLE OF MY DISTRICT ARE AGAIN BEING CUT. OF THE CONSEQUENCE OF THE WAR ARE THE SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES. THESE SOLDIERS, FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO RETURN HOME ALIVE AND IN GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION, SUFFER LONG-TERM, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, LONG-TERM MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, MR. SPEAKER. AND AS A DIRECT CONSEQUENCE OF THEIR DEPLOYMENT, NOT ONE, NOT TWO, BUT POSSIBLY THREE OR MORE, DEPLOYMENTS IN IRAQ. YET OUR SERVICES TO THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES NOT ONLY ARE SADLY LACKING AND UNDERFUNDED, THEY'RE BEING CUT. WE HAVE NOT ENOUGH MONEY TO BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH THE DEVASTATION IN THE MINDS OF NOT ONLY THESE MEN AND WOMEN BUT THEIR FAMILIES, TO BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES WHEN THEY RETURN HOME AND TRY TO RETAIN A NORMAL LIFE. FAMILIES ARE BEING TORN APART MORE SO BY THIS WAR THAN ANY OTHER WAR. THERE'S SUICIDES, DIVORCE, HOMELESSNESS NOW. THEIR CHILDREN ARE FORCED TO GROW UP WITHOUT A FATHER OR MOTHER. PARENTS ARE LOSING CHILDREN. NO MOTHER SHOULD HAVE TO BURY A SON OR A DAUGHTER. I URGE THE PRESIDENT TO WORK WITH IRAQ'S NEIGHBORS AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO ENSURE OTHER COUNTRIES COMMITMENTS TO IRAQI SECURITY SITUATION, THE TRAINING OF IRAQI TROOPS AND POLICE, AND, OF COURSE, FINANCIAL SUPPORT. ESCALATION IS CERTAINLY NOT THE ANSWER. AND I CANNOT AND WILL NOT SUPPORT SUCH A POLICY. AND I CERTAINLY WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM, FOR YOUR BRAVERY AND SERVICE, OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME

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    MR. JOHNSON

    YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO TODD AKIN FROM

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    MR. AKIN

    WE RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THIS RESOLUTION THAT IS IN TWO PARTS BEFORE US.…

    WE RISE TODAY TO DISCUSS THIS RESOLUTION THAT IS IN TWO PARTS BEFORE US. THE FIRST PART SAYS THAT WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. THE SECOND PART SAYS THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO SEND THEM REINFORCEMENTS. THIS SEEMS TO BE KIND OF A CURIOUS PROPOSITION. ALMOST A NONSENSICAL PROPOSITION. HOW DO YOU SAY YOU SUPPORT, BUT WE DON'T WANT TO SEND THEM ANY REINFORCING TROOPS. CERTAINLY WE WANT TO GIVE THEM BODY ARMOR AND UP-ARMORED HUMVEES AND TANKS. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU NEED SOMETIMES IS TROOPS AND SOME OTHER TROOPS TO SUPPORT YOU. SO WE'RE SAYING, WE WANT SUPPORT, BUT WE DON'T WANT TO SUPPORT YOU. PICTURE DAVEY CROCKETT AT THE ALMOW. HE HAS HIS BACK AT THE WALL. HE CHECKS WITH CONGRESS AND CONGRESS SAYS, WE REALLY SUPPORT YOU, BUT WE'RE NOT GOING TO SEND YOU ANY TROOPS. THAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO ME. NOW THIS AS I SAID, THIS RESOLUTION HAS TWO PARTS, THIS SAYS WE SUPPORT YOU, BUT WE'RE NOT GOING TO SEND ANY TROOPS OVER. THE THIRD PART IS WHAT CONCERNS ME THE MOST. AS CONGRESSMEN, WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO LISTEN AND PAY ATTENTION. IF SOMEBODY HAS A BETTER IDEA, THAT'S FINE. SEND YOUR BETTER IDEA FORWARD. WE'RE READY TO LEARN. IF THERE'S A BETTER WAY TO APPROACH IRAQ AND THE SITUATION THERE, GOOD. BUT THIS PROPOSAL HAS NO POSITIVE SUGGESTION WHATSOEVER. IT JUST SAYS, WE SUPPORT AND WE DON'T SUPPORT. NOW ALL THAT DOES IS TO ENCOURAGE OUR ENEMIES. AND WITHOUT ANY POSITIVE RECOMMENDATION, THIS CAN ONLY BE VIEWED AS SOMETHING WHICH STRENGTHENS OUR OPONETS'S HANDS. THEY ARE SAYING SUPPORT AND DON'T SUPPORT AT THE SAME TIME, WITH NO POSITIVE RECOMMENDATIONS WHATSOEVER. I HAVE HEARD PEOPLE SAY THIS IS A CIVIL WAR. IT'S NOT REALLY A CIVIL WAR YET, IF WE PULL ALL THE TROOPS IMMEDIATELY, IT WILL TURN INTO A CIVIL WAR, NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. WE DO KNOW THIS, THE TERRORISTS HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN SETTING ONE GROUP OF PEOPLE AGAINST ANOTHER. THEY BLEW UP THE HOLY PLACE OF THE SHIAS AND THEY START FIGHTING THE SUNNIS AND THEY HAVE SPARKED A WHOLE LOT OF UNREST, ESPECIALLY IN BAGHDAD. DO WE THINK THE TERRORISTS AREN'T GOING TO DO THE SAME THING IN OTHER COUNTRIES WHERE YOU HAVE THE ONE LEADERSHIP WITH A MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN THE OTHER TRIBE. SO I DON'T THINK IT'S MUCH OF AN ESCAPE TO SAY, WELL, THIS IS A CIVIL WAR. IT IS A WAR AGAINST TERRORISTS. AND REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU WANT TO SPECULATE WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IF WE LEAVE ALL OF A SUDDEN, AT LEAST I WOULD RESPECT THE DEMOCRATS MORE IF YOU JUST SIMPLY SAY, WE NEED TO CUT AND RUN OR NEED TO STAY WHERE WE ARE. DON'T LEAVE A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER. IT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE. ALL IT DOES IS HELP THE ENEMY. WE NEED TO, AS AMERICANS, ONE MORE TIME AS WE HAVE IN THE PAST, TAKE A GOOD SERIOUS GUT CHECK. I HAVE A CHANCE TO SPEAK TO AMERICAN AUDIENCES EVERYWHERE AND LOTS OF LITTLE KIDS AND I ASK THE QUESTION, IF YOU WERE TO TAKE AMERICA THAT YOU LOVE AND CONDENSE IT DOWN AS TO WHAT DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY, WHAT IS THE HEART AND CORE OF AMERICA? THE ANSWER THAT I GET IS THE WORD FREEDOM. BUT FREEDOM MEANS A LITTLE BIT MORE DEFINITION. THE CHINESE STUDENTS WANTED FREEDOM AND THEY GREASED THE TANK TREADS WITH THEIR BODIES. WHAT IS THE HEART OF WHAT WE BELIEVE AS AMERICANS? THE FIRST TIME WE WENT TO WAR, WE STATED THAT AND HAD AN ARGUMENT AND DISCUSSION ABOUT IT. AND IT WAS PUT IN THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT. THAT ALL MEN ARE ENDUDE WITH CERTAIN UNALIEN ANNUAL RIGHTS AND THE JOB OF GOVERNMENT IS TO PROTECT THOSE BASIC FUNDAMENTAL GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS AND THAT'S WHAT THEY BELIEVED. AND THEY HAD TO DECIDE, ARE WE GOING TO FIGHT THE BRITISH OR NOT. THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT I TALK TO MY CHILDREN. THIS IS A PICTURE OF THE MARINE CLUB WITH MY NINE-YEAR-OLD SON STANDING HERE SALUTING THE FLAG AS IT'S GOING UP. AND WE TAUGHT HIM THAT THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS IN THIS WORLD WORTH DYING FOR. AND THAT ONE OF THOSE THINGS IS THE FACT THAT GOD GIVES US BASIC INALIENABLE RIGHTS. THAT LITTLE MARINE CLUB KID HAS GROWN UP. THERE HE IS IN FALLUJAH, 2005. THAT'S THE CACHE OF TERRORIST WEAPONS THAT THEY FOUND IN FALLUJAH. HE HAS GROWN UP. HE UNDERSTANDS THE RISK TO HIS LIFE. HE ALMOST DIED IN FALLUJAH. HE BELIEVES, AS I DO, THAT THERE ARE SOME THINGS IN THIS WORLD IS WORTH DEFENDING. THIS IS NOT A CIVIL WAR. THIS IS HEAD TO HEAD WITH TERRORISTS. AND IS IT SURPRISING THAT WE FIND OURSELVES --

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    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO ESTABLISH A GROUND RULE FOR…

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO ESTABLISH A GROUND RULE FOR ALL MY COLLEAGUES AND THAT IS, REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU VOTE ON THIS RESOLUTION, NO ONE WILL QUESTION YOUR PAVE. IF WE START WITH THAT BENCHMARK, WE WILL HAVE A HIRE AGREE OF GOOD FAITH. THIS RESOLUTION IS ABOUT DUTY AND RESPONSE BILL. THE DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY THAT CONGRESS OWES TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. OUR FIRST DUTY IS TO MAKE WISE AND EDUCATED CHOICES IN IDENTIFYING A THREAT, THE NECESSITY OF ACTION AND THE LEGITIMACY OF THE GOAL BEFORE COMMITTING OUR QUONTING TO COMMIT MORE OF OUR TROOPS TO THE WAR. WHEN CONSIDERING THIS RESOLUTION, WHICH REFLECTS THAT AN ESCALATION OF THE WAR IS UNWARRANTED AND IT'S NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR NATION AND OUR TROOPS. EACH OF US MUST ASK ONE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTION, IS ESCALATING AND CONTINUING THE WAR IN IRAQ WORTH FIGHTING AND DYING FOR? BECAUSE THAT, IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS, IS WHAT WE DECIDE. . WE SEEK AN ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION BUT WE MUST BE EVER MINDFUL THAT THE COURAGE AND DRAVERY OF OUR TROOPS IS NEVER QUESTIONED. OUR SOLDIERS' VALOR AND COMMITMENT ARE NOT DIMINISHED BY THE ERRORS IN JUDGMENT MADE BY THEIR CIVILIAN LEADERS. THE QUESTION IS WHETHER THE MISSION IN IRAQ IS WORTH THEIR SACRIFICE. AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS DECISION, WE MUST RECOGNIZE THE LESSONS OF HISTORY OR WE ARE DOOMED TO REPEAT ITS GRAVE MISTAKES. FOR EXAMPLE, QUOTE, THE PUBLIC HAS BEEN LED INTO A TRAP FROM WHICH IT WILL BE HARD TO ESCAPE WITH DIGNITY AND HONOR. THEY HAVE BEEN TRICKED INTO IT BY STEADY WITHHOLDING OF INFORMATION. THE BAGHDAD COMMUNIQUES ARE BELATED, INSINCERE, AND INCOMPLETE. THINGS HAVE BEEN FAR WORSE THAN WE HAVE BEEN TOLD. OUR ADMINISTRATION MORE BLOODY AND INEFFICIENT THAN THE PUBLIC KNOWS. WE ARE TODAY NOT FAR FROM A DISASTER. NOW, THE PRAYER LELLS ARE UNCANNY. AND YOU'RE WONDERING WHO MAY HAVE SET THAT? THE QUOTE WAS 86 YEARS AGO, AND IT WAS A COMMUNICATION FROM T.E. LAWRENCE, BETTER KNOWN AS LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, IN AUGUST OF 1920 FROM BAGHDAD. CONTINUING. THE SITUATION IN IRAQ IS GRAVE AND DETERIORATING, IN ADDITION, THERE IS SIGNIFICANT UNDERREPORTING OF VIOLENCE IN IRAQ. THE STANDARD FOR RECORDING A TAX ACTS AS A FILTER TO KEEP EVENTS OUT OF REPORTS AND DATABASES. MORE LAWRENCE OF ARABIA? MORE 1920? NO, 2006, THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP REPORT. LET ME CONTINUE. 1992, GENERAL COLIN POWELL, QUOTE, THE GULF WAR WAS A LIMITED OBJECTIVE WAR. IF IT HAD NOT BEEN, WE WOULD BE RULING BAGHDAD TODAY AT AN EXPENSE IN TERMS OF MONEY, LIVES LOST, AND REGIONAL RELATIONSHIPS. NOW A YEAR EARLIER THERE WAS AN OBSERVATION, QUOTE, ONCE YOU GOT BAGHDAD, IT'S NOT CLEAR WHAT YOU DO WITH IT. IT'S NOT CLEAR WHAT KIND OF GOVERNMENT YOU WOULD PUT IN IN PLACE OF THE ONE THAT IS THERE NOW, SADDAM HUSSEIN. IS IT GOING TO BE A SHIAH REGIME? A SUNNI REGIME? OR A KURDISH REGIME? OR ONE THAT TILTS TOWARDS THE BAATHISTS OR ONE THAT TILTS TOWARDS THE ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALS? HOW MUCH CREDIBILITY IS THAT GOVERNMENT GOING TO HAVE IF IT IS SET UP BY THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WHEN IT'S THERE? HOW LONG DOES THE UNITED STATES MILITARY HAVE TO STAY TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE THAT SIGN ON FOR THAT GOVERNMENT? AND WHAT HAPPENS TO IT ONCE YOU LEAVE? END QUOTE. THAT WAS 1991. SPOKEN BY THEN SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AND CURRENT VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, DICK CHENEY. WE REMAIN A GOOD AND GREAT NATION, BUT WE HAVE DONE ALL THE GOOD IN IRAQ THAT WE ARE GOING TO DO. AN ESCALATION ONLY DELAYS THE DAY THAT THE IRAQIS ASSUME THE RESPONSIBILITY OF -- IN SETTING ASIDE THEIR SECTARIAN DIFFERENCES AND EMBRACE THE PROMISE OF DEMOCRACY THAT WE HAVE DELIVERED TO THEM. WE CANNOT DO THIS FOR THEM. WHETHER WE SEND IN 20,000 OR 200,000 MORE TROOPS, AND WE CANNOT IGNORE THE LESSONS OF HISTORY, THE VIEWS OF MILITARY EXPERTS, AND THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT IS TIME FOR OUR TROOPS TO START COMING HOME. AND IT'S TIME FOR THE IRAQIS TO START BUILDING A HOME. VOTE YES ON THIS RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY…

    MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE, TIM WALLBURG -- WALBERG, FROM MICHIGAN.

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    SPEAKER, THROUGHOUT OUR NATION'S RICH HISTORY WE HAVE REACHED MOMENTS…

    SPEAKER, THROUGHOUT OUR NATION'S RICH HISTORY WE HAVE REACHED MOMENTS WHERE WE ARRIVE AT WHAT PRESIDENT REAGAN DESCRIBED AS A TIME FOR CHOOSING. TODAY IS SUCH A DAY. THIS WEEK THE HOUSE IS ASKING OURSELVES A SIMPLE QUESTION, WILL WE CHOOSE TO GO FORWARD WITH RESOLVE AND DETERMINATION NEEDED TO WIN THE WAR ON TERROR BY SUPPORTING OUR BRAVE TROOPS, OR WILL WE RETREAT AND WAIT FOR THE FIGHT TO RETURN TO AMERICAN SOIL? IT WAS WINSTON CHURCHILL WHO ONCE SAID, NEVER BELIEVE ANY WAR WILL BE SMOOTH AND EASY OR THAT ANYONE WHO EMBARKS ON THE STRANGE VOYAGE CAN MEASURE THE TIDES AND HURRICANES HE WILL ENCOUNTER. WITH THIS IN MIND I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE WAR IN IRAQ HAS NOT -- IS NOT GOING AS WELL WE ALL HAD HOPED OR WANTED. MISTAKES HAVE BEEN MADE. THOUSANDS OF PRECIOUS LIVES HAVE BEEN LOST. AND THERE ARE LIKELY MORE TOUGH TIMES TO COME. MY WIFE AND I PRAY FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND GRIEVE FOR EVERY LOSS OF LIFE AND INJURIES INFLICTED ON THESE HEROES WHO PROUDLY SERVE OUR NATION. I AS MUCH AS ANYONE ELSE SPEAKING TODAY WANT THIS WAR TO BE OVER, BUT THIS RESOLUTION ESSENTIALLY TELLS THESE SOLDIERS TO GIVE UP BECAUSE THE CAUSE THEY HAVE NOBLY SERVED IS NO LONGER WORTH THE COURAGE AND VIGOR NECESSARY AND PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND KEEPING TERRORISTS OFF AMERICAN SOIL ARE NO LONGER NATIONAL PRIORITIES. AS AMERICANS WE ARE RELUCTANT WARRIORS, BUT THROUGHOUT HISTORY WHEN OUR TROOPS HAVE BEEN IN HARM'S WAY AMERICA HAS SUPPORTED THEM AND MADE CERTAIN OUR TROOPS HAVE THE NECESSARY RESOURCES TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR MISSION. IN A CYNICAL WAY THIS RESOLUTION SAYS AMERICA HAS ALREADY LOST AND THE LEADERS OF OUR COUNTRY NO LONGER BELIEVE OUR TROOPS CAN ACHIEVE VICTORY. IT TELLS OTHER NATION THAT IS WE ARE UNRELIABLE AS AN ALLY AND THEY CAN NO LONGER COUNT ONIS IN TIMES OF DISTRESS. MY SON PROUDLY SERVED IN THE ARMY, AND DURING THIS TIME OF SERVICE I GOT TO KNOW MANY OF HIS PEARCE IN UNIFORM. I AM NOT PREPARED TO SAY -- PEERS IN UNIFORM. I AM NOT PREPARED TO SAY TO THESE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN OR THE YOUNG MEN FALLEN IN BATTLE THAT I WILL GO TO RIGHT AFTER THIS SPEECH AT WALTER REED HOSPITAL THAT I SUPPORT YOU BUT I DON'T SUPPORT THE MISSION YOU SERVE AND THE BLOOD YOU SHED ON THE BATTLEFIELD WAS IN VAIN. I'M NOT PREPARED TO CALL FOR A WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ THAT WILL LEAD THE -- LEAVE THE NATION WIPE RIPE FOR TERRORISM AND ULTIMATELY BRING THE WAR ON TERROR BACK TO AMERICAN SOIL. MY NEIGHBORS IN SOUTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY DESERVE TO BE PROTECT INTERESTED ENEMIES OF FREEDOM. THEY OUGHT TO HAVE A CONGRESS THAT DOESN'T SHIRK ITS RESPONSIBILITIES TO SOLDIERS AND SAILORS AND AIRMEN SENT INTO HARM'S WAY TO ENSURE THIS WAR'S FOUGHT OFF AMERICA SOIL. SO WE COME TO THIS TIME OF CHOOSING TODAY. ARE WE WILLING TO ABANDON OUR TROOPS AS THEY IMPLEMENT A NEW STRATEGY BASED ON QUANTIFIABLE GOALS AND MEASURABLE RESULTS? I HOPE NOT. I CHALLENGE MY COLLEAGUES TO HONOR AMERICA'S BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN --

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    FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, A MEMBER OF THE…

    FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MASSACHUSETTS, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES, OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEES, AND CHAIR OF THE HOUSE TASK FORCE ON ANTI-TERRORISM FUNDING, MR. LYNCH LYNCH.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 63, WHICH OPPOSES THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO ESCALATE THE WAR IN IRAQ. I DO SO BECAUSE I AM IN TOTAL AGREEMENT WITH GENERALS CASEY AND ABIZAID WHO HAVE SAID THAT, WHAT IS NEEDED IN IRAQ IS A POLITICAL SOLUTION AND NOT A MILITARY ONE. AND THAT ADDITIONAL TROOPS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED. I HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO TRAVEL TO IRAQ FIVE TIMES NOW, AND BASED ON MY OWN OBSERVATIONS IN PLACES LIKE FALLUJAH AND TIKRIT AND ON THE SYRIAN BORDER I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT AS THE -- IT IS THE IRAQI PEOPLE WHO MUST ULTIMATELY DECIDE WHETHER THEY ARE COMMITTED TO BUILDING A BETTER LIFE FOR THEIR CHILDREN TO DEMOCRACY, OR WHETHER THEY ARE MORE COMMITTED TO AN ALL OR NOTHING SECTARIAN CONFLICT BETWEEN SUNNI AND SHIAH? MADAM SPEAKER, I BELIEVE THAT PACKING MORE TROOPS INTO THE NARROW STREETS OF BAGHDAD WILL BE A DISASTER. AS OUR DAILY BRIEFINGS INDICATE, THE DOMINANT CONFLICT NOW ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ IS NO LONGER COALITION FORCES AGAINST AL QAEDA. AND SUPPORTERS OF THE BAATHIST REGIME. AS THE DAILY BODY COUNTS OF TORTURED AND EXECUTED IRAQIS INDICATE, THE PREVAILING CONFLICT ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ NOW IS A BRUTAL CIVIL WAR BETWEEN THE SUNNI AND SHIAH MILITIAS, WITH OUR TROOPS IN THE MIDDLE. IN FACT, AT A RECENT HEARING HERE IN WASHINGTON, IT WAS ENTITLED, IRAQ, WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO ACHIEVE NATIONAL RECONCILIATION? BASICALLY AS THIS HEARING POINTED OUT, THE KEY MISSION THAT WE HAVE GIVEN TO OUR TROOPS IS TO SOMEHOW NOW RECONCILE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SUNNI AND SHIAH IN IRAQ. JUST TO BE CLEAR ON THIS, MADAM SPEAKER, THE SUNNI AND SHIAH HAVE BEEN IN FREQUENT CONFLICT SINCE THE YEAR 632 A.D. FOLLOWING A DEATH OF A PROFIT MUHAMMAD. THAT'S -- PROPHET MUHAMMAD. THAT'S WHAT WE ASKED OUR TROOPS TO DO. IN ESSENCE CONVINCE THE IRAQIS NOW TO STOP KILLING EACH OTHER AND TO EMBRACE DEMOCRACY INSTEAD. THE PRESIDENT HAS NOW ASKED OUR BRAVE SONS AND TAUGHTTORIES TAKE UP A POLICE ACTION, OR ESSENTIAL A CIVIL AFFAIRS ACTION GOING DOOR TO DOOR IN BAGHDAD. THE MISSION IN IRAQ HAS CHANGED. I HAVE TO WONDER, HOW MANY VOTES WOULD THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT HAVE GOTTEN INITIALLY IF THEY HAD BEEN HONEST AND SAID, WE WANT TO SEND OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS TO IRAQ IN ORDER TO RECONCILE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE SUNNI AND THE SHIAH WHO HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR ALMOST 1,400 YEARS? NOT MANY, I THINK. BUT THAT'S WHERE WE NOW FIND OURSELVES AND OUR TROOPS. WHILE A MISSION IN IRAQ HAS CHANGED, THE PRESIDENT IS STAYING THE COURSE. WHAT'S MORE, HE DECIDED TO PUSH EVEN HARDER IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. NOW IS THE TIME THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE FAIRLY ASKED WHAT WILL CONGRESS DO? MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES BELIEVE THAT THIS RESOLUTION DOESN'T GO FAR ENOUGH. IN HONESTY I TEND TO AGREE WITH THAT ASSESSMENT. BUT I DO BELIEVE THAT THIS RESOLUTION PRESENTS A SOLID AND MEANINGFUL STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THERE WILL BE A FURTHER DEBATE IN COMING WEEKS ON THE FUNDING ON HOW TO BEST PROTECT OUR TROOPS WHILE TRANSITIONING TO IRAQI CONTROL IN IRAQ. AND WE'LL HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. LASTLY I'D LIKE TO ADDRESS THE ARGUMENT THAT THE CONTINUING WAR IN IRAQ IS NECESSARY FOR THE GLOBAL FIGHT -- FIGHTING THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. AS I SAID BEFORE, I HAVE BEEN TO IRAQ FIVE TIMES NOW. ONE OF THE QUESTIONS THAT I HAVE REPEATEDLY ASKED OUR PEOPLE ON THE GROUND IS, HOW MUCH OF THIS FIGHT IN IRAQ IS PART OF THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR? HOW MUCH OF IT IS INVOLVING FOREIGN FIGHTERS AND AL QAEDA? UNANIMOUSLY THEY HAVE RECOMMENDED THAT IT'S ABOUT 10% OF THE FIGHT IN IRAQ. SO 90% OF OUR COSTS, 90% OF OUR SACRIFICE IS IN A MATTER THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR. IN FACT, THEY NOW SAY THAT THE ARMY, THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, THE MAIN SHIAH MILITIA HAS REPLACED AL QAEDA AS THE MOST DANGEROUS FORCE IN INCREASING VIOLENCE THERE. IF WE ARE TRULY COMMITTED TO GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR, I MIGHT POINT OUT WE HAVE A SITUATION IN SOUTHEAST AFGHANISTAN AND IN OTHER PLACES WHERE THE TALIBAN, WHO ACTUALLY DID SUPPORT AL QAEDA, AND WHO ACTUALLY DID INVOLVE THEMSELVES IN THE ATTACKS ON SEPTEMBER 11 ARE BUILDING SUPPORT. WHILE WE SPEND -- $350 BILLION IN IRAQ, PAKISTAN HAS MEANWHILE ALLOWED A SAFE HAVEN TO BE ESTABLISHED FOR THELE TALIBAN -- FOR THE TALIBAN. IF WE ARE INDEED COMMITTED TO PROTECTING AMERICA IN THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR THERE ARE SMRTER WAYS TO DO THAT. YES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR THIS CONGRESS TO TAKE A STAND. IT'S TIME TO STEP UP. I ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. IT IS THE FIRST STEP IN EVENTUALLY BRINGING THE TROOPS HOME SAFELY. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE CHAIR MUST REMIND ALL MEMBERS THAT IT IS NOT IN ORDER TO ENGAGE IN PERSONALITIES TOWARDS THE PRESIDENT OR THE VICE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MS. SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO FROM WEST VIRGINIA.

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    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION. THERE HAVE BEEN…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION. THERE HAVE BEEN GOOD ARGUMENTS AS TO WHY THIS RESOLUTION IS NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR MILITARY AND COUNTRY. I WANT TO FOCUS ON ONE POINT AND THAT IS HOW REAL AND HOW SERIOUS THE THREAT OF TERRORISM IS, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THE STRUGGLE IS ABOUT. AND I'M GOING TO READ THE LIST OF TERRORIST ATTACKS AGAINST AMERICANS AND WE HAVE HEARD THIS LIST BEFORE, BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT. 1979, 66 AMERICAN HOSTAGES WERE TAKEN IN IRAN. 1983, 241 MARINES WERE KILLED IN BEIRUT. 1988, AMERICANS WERE KILLED IN THE PAN AM BOMBING. IN THE FIRST WORLD TRADE CENTER, SIX AMERICANS WERE KILLED. IN 2000, 17 AMERICAN SAILORS LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE USS COLE AND 2001, 9/11, 2,973 AMERICANS LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE WORLD TRADE CENTER BOMBING, IN THE PENTAGON AND IN PENNSYLVANIA. I'M REMINDED OF -- WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE ACTIONS OF THESE TERRORISTS AND HOW REAL AND DANGEROUS THEY ARE AND I'M REMINDED LAST SUMMER WHEN THE POPE MADE A STATEMENT IN HIS SPEECH ABOUT THE RADICAL ELEMENT WITHIN THE ISLAMIC FAITH AND THE VIOLENCE SOCIETY WD THAT ELEMENT. AND THE REACTION TO THIS POPE'S STATEMENT ABOUT VIOLENCE AMONG THIS RADICAL BUT SMALL ELEMENT, THE REACTION TO HIS STATEMENT ABOUT VIOLENCE WAS VIOLENCE, IT WAS THE DESTRUCTION OF CHURCHES AND BUILDINGS AND THE INNOCENT TAKING OF A LIFE OF A NUN. THIS PUTS US ON A PATH TOWARDS LEAVING IRAQ BEFORE VICTORY IS ATTAINED AND WILL CUT FUNDS TO OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN BATTLE. PUTS US ON A PATH THAT IS WRONG FOR AMERICA. AND MOSS IMPORTANTLY, IT PUTS US ON THE WRONG PATH THAT WILL EMBOLDEN PEOPLE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TERRORIST ACTS I JUST LISTED. AFTER 9/11, THE PRESIDENT GAVE A SERIES OF SPEECHES WHERE HE OUTLINED A POLICY. HE SAID, IF YOU ARE A COUNTRY THAT HARBORS TERRORISTS AND PROVIDES FINANCING TO TERRORISTS OR TRAINS TERRORISTS OR PRODUCING WEAPONS THAT ARE GOING TO HARM VAST NUMBERS OF PEOPLE, IF YOU'RE DOING THOSE THINGS, WE WILL PUT YOU ON NOTICE THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO TOLERATE IT. IT WAS AMAZING HOW QUICKLY HOW LIBYA, KHADAFI SAW THE LORD AND FOUND THE LIGHT AND HE SAID, I'M GOING TO WORK WITH THE UNITED STATES. HE UNDERSTOOD WHAT AMERICA SAYS, WE MEAN IT. THIS RESOLUTION PUTS US ON THE PATH, I'M AFRAID OF THE MESSAGE IT SENDS TO THE KHADAFIS AROUND THE WORLD. THIS IS A GREAT COUNTRY. WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OVERCOME WHATEVER CHALLENGES HAVE PRESENTED THEMSELVES TO US THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY. AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE THE SAME RESOLVE AS WE APPROACH THIS CHALLENGE. A FEW WEEKS AGO, I'M JUST A FRESHMAN MEMBER OF THE CONGRESS, AND FEW WEEKS AGO, IT WAS PUT ON DISPLAY WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT AMERICA. AS WE SAID IN THIS CHAMBER DURING THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS. AND DURING THAT SPEECH, THE PRESIDENT PUT IT UP TO THE GALLERY AND HE HIGHLIGHTED SOME GREAT AMERICAN, SOME AMERICAN HERO. THE ONE THAT STUCK OUT IN MY MIND WAS THE SUBWHAT MAN. AND I THOUGHT IT WAS SO AMAZING TO SEE WHAT THIS MAN HAD DONE AND HOW THAT CONTRASTS WITH THE ACTIONS OF THE TERRORISTS. THE SUBWAY MAN, WILLING TO JUMP IN FRONT OF A TRAIN ON THE TRACK TO SAVE A COMPLETE STRANGER SIMPLY BECAUSE HE WAS A FELLOW HUMAN BEING. CONTRAST THAT ACTION, WHO WILL JUMP IN A SUBWAY AND BLOW HIMSELF UP TO KILL AS MANY PEOPLE AS HE CAN. WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THE COUNTRY IS HOW PRECIOUS LIFE IS. THAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US AND THE TERRORISTS. THAT IS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO CONFRONT THESE FOLKS WHEREVER THEY CHOOSE TO FIGHT US. THAT'S WHY THIS RESOLUTION IS BAD. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE SHOULD NOT PASS A RESOLUTION IN WHICH POLITICS --

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    MR. PASCRELL

    YOU. THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL" ACCUSED US OF TRYING TO MICROMANAGE THIS…

    YOU. THE "WALL STREET JOURNAL" ACCUSED US OF TRYING TO MICROMANAGE THIS WAR. THIS PRESIDENT HAS NOT LISTENED TO THE GENERALS, HE HASN'T LISTENED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND HE HASN'T LISTENED TO THE IRAQI PEOPLE. HE HAS MICROMANAGED THIS FAILURE. FOUR AND A HALF YEARS AGO, MADAM SPEAKER, ON THIS FLOOR, I STOOD IN THIS CHAMBER ALONG WITH 295 OF MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PRESIDENT TO ATTACK IRAQ. I REGRET THAT VOTE DEEPLY, AND I TOLD MY CONSTITUENTS IN MY DISTRICT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO THAT I MADE A MISTAKE. DOWN THE STREET THEY MAKE NO MISTAKES. I DID SO BECAUSE THE PREMISE ON WHICH WE AUTHORIZED THIS WAR WAS FALSE. THE MILITARY PLAN FOR VICTORY HAS BEEN WEAK. AND MORE THAN FIVE YEARS LATER, THIS WAR HAS MADE OUR NATION LESS SAFE. WE STAND READY TO VOTE ON A DIFFERENT RESOLUTION THAT COULD TAKE A SIGNIFICANT STEP TOWARDS REMEDYING THE HISTORIC MISTAKE WE MADE IN OCTOBER OF 2002. THE TROOP ESCALATION ADVOCATED BY PRESIDENT BUSH WILL ONLY WIDEN OUR INVOLVEMENT IN THIS CONFLICT AND PUT MORE BRAVE AMERICAN TROOPS IN THE MIDDLE OF A VICIOUS CIVIL WAR. VOTING IN FAVOR OF THE PRESIDENT'S ESCALATION PLAN IS A HISTORIC ERROR AND I STRESS THE HISTORIC NATURE OF THIS DEBATE BECAUSE I'M A FIRM BELIEVER THAT HISTORY IS TELLING THE FUTURE. HISTORY HAS SHOWN THAT THIS PRESIDENT CAN'T FORM THE RIGHT POLICY. HE SHOULD HAVE SENT ADDITIONAL TROOPS IN 2003 WHEN THE GENERALS ASKED HIM TO DO THAT, WHEN IT WAS POSSIBLE TO RESTORE ORDER IN BAGHDAD INSTEAD OF NOW WHERE VIOLENCE REINS SUPREME. IRAQ HAS BEEN WRACKED BY SECTARIAN ETHNIC DIVISION LONG BEFORE IT WAS A STATE. A FACT IMMEDIATELY IGNORED BY THIS PRESIDENT AND HIS SUPPORTERS ON THEIR MARCH TO BAGHDAD. REMEMBER, IRAN, SYRIA AND OTHERS ARE POSSIBLY FIGHTING A PROXY WAR BY SUPPLYING INSURGENTS AGAINST AN UNPOPULAR FOREIGN OCCUPIER. THE SAME ROLE WE PLAYED IN HELPING THE AFGHANS TO FIGHT THE SOVIETS 20 YEARS AGO, AND WE KNOW HOW THAT CONFLICT TURNED OUT. IN HISTORY, I SEE THE LESSONS, MADAM SPEAKER, AS I SPEAK TODAY, 280 B.C. WHEN THE KING OF GREECE DEFEATED THE ROMANS DURING THE WAR. HIS ARMY SUFFERED IRREPLACEABLE CASUALTIES IN BATTLE. AND WHEN HE WAS CONGRATULATED ON HIS VICTORY, ANOTHER SUCH VICTORY LIKE THAT OVER THE ROMANS AND WE ARE UNDONE. WE HAVE HEARD THE WORDS SUCCESS AND VICTORY. SOMENTS THAT THEY ARE NOW SEE AS EMPTY, FLEETING, HOLLOW. THE LESSON IS CLEAR, THE PRESIDENT'S ESCALATION PLAN OFFERS AN ILLUSION, BUT ONLY THE REAL HOPE IS THAT IT OFFERS A PUREIC VICTORY AT BEST. . THEY HAVE OVERSTRETCHED. THEIR ILL-EQUIPPED FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. DON'T TELL US WE DON'T SUPPORT THE TROOPS WHEN YOU DID NOT GIVE WHAT THEY DESERVED IN THE FIELD OF BATTLE. OUR MILITARY READINESS TO FIGHT THE ONGOING WAR ON TERROR IS NOW IN SERIOUS DOUBT BECAUSE OF THIS WAR. DON'T QUESTION OUR PATRIOTISM. DON'T QUESTION OUR SUPPORT OR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S. LISTEN. BY THE WAY, MADAM SPEAKER, HAVE WE ASKED THE IRAQIS WHEN THEY FEEL? 80% OF THEM WANT US OUT. DON'T THEY COUNT? CAN'T WE ASK AND LISTEN TO AT LEAST THE VERY PEOPLE WHOSE COUNTRY WE OCCUPY, THIS SOVEREIGN NATION? THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE. IT IS ILLUSIONARY AT BEST. WHAT WILL WE SAY TO THESE IRAQI PEOPLE. I WANT TO HEAR THE ANSWER FROM THE OTHER SIDE. WHAT IS YOUR ANSWER TO THEM WHEN THEY SAY DON'T STAY HERE AND CERTAINLY DON'T ESCALATE? I ASK THE LOYAL OPPOSITION TO OUR RESOLUTION TO TELL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HOW MUCH DO THE INTENTIONS OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE REALLY MATTER TO YOU? THE EPICENTER OF OUR FIGHT AGAINST TERROR IS ON THE BORDER OF AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN. MANY OF US HAVE BEEN THERE. MANY OF US HAVE GONE THERE. YOU FORGOTTEN THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY AS SO MANY DIDN'T EVEN KNOW ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, WHERE AFGHANISTAN WAS IN THE FIRST PLACE. THE CLEAR MESSAGE WE SEND TO THE IRAQI PEOPLE AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS THAT WE WILL BRING FREEDOM TO IRAQ EVEN IF IT TAKES THE BLOOD OF EVERY IRAQI AND THE LIVES OF MORE AMERICAN SOLDIERS. THAT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH. IT'S NOT ACCEPTABLE. YOU HEARD THE STATISTICS FROM SPEAKER AFTER SPEAKER. PREVIOUS ESCALATIONS IN THIS WAR HAVE NOT WORKED. WHY WILL THIS ONE WORK? OUR ILL-FATED PRESENCE IN IRAQ IS BEING USED AS A PROPAGANDA TOOL FOR THE ENEMY, AL QAEDA. AND OTHER TERRORISTS WORLDWIDE. IN THE YEARS SINCE 9/11, MORE TERRORISTS HAVE BEEN CREATED THROUGH THIS PRESIDENT'S POLICIES THAN WERE CAPTURED OR KILLED. THERE WEREN'T ANY TERRORISTS IN IRAQ IN 2003. BUT THERE ARE NOW.

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    MR. PASCRELL

    I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, MADAM SPEAKER.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    YOU, MA'AM. COULD I INQUIRE HOW MUCH TIME'S LEFT ON EITHER SIDE?

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    FROM TEXAS HAS FOUR HOURS, 12 1/2 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK HAS FOUR HOURS AND FOUR MINUTES REMAINING. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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  • 02:34:16 PM

    MR. JOHNSON

    I'D LIKE TO ALLOT FOUR MINUTES TO MR. PETER ROSKAM FROM ILLINOIS.

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    MR. ROSKAM

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. WE ARE HERE TO…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. WE ARE HERE TO DEBATE A HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION AND THE ROOT VERB OF RESOLUTION IS RESOLUTE. I JUST WANT TO CHALLENGE THE HOUSE TODAY TO CONSIDER THE RESOLUTION OF OUR ENEMIES. I'D LIKE TO READ THREE QUOTES TO YOU. RESOLVED BY OSAMA BIN LADEN. THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING THIS WAR AND THE TWO ADVERSARIES, THE ISLAMIC NATION ON THE ONE HAND AND THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ALLIES ON THE OTHER. IT'S EITHER VICTORY AND GLORY OR MISERY AND HUMILIATION. OR HOW ABOUT THIS? RESOLVED IN THE AL QAEDA CHARTER, THERE WILL BE CONTINUING EMANY AT THIS -- EMNITY UNTIL EVERYONE BELIEVES IN ALLAH. WE WILL NOT MEET THE ENEMY HALFWAY. AND THERE WILL BE NO ROOM FOR DIALOGUE WITH THEM. HOW ABOUT THIS? I'M PARAPHRASING, RESOLVED FROM OSAMA BIN LADEN'S DEPUTY WHO SAID THAT THE PLAN IS TO EXTEND THE JIHAD WAVE, EXPEL THE AMERICANS FROM IRAQ, EXTEND THE JIHAD WAVE TO SECULAR COUNTRIES NEIGHBORING IRAQ, CLASH WITH ISRAEL, AND ESTABLISH AN ISLAMIC AUTHORITY. DOES THERE -- IS THERE ANYBODY AMONG US WHO DOUBTS THE RESOLVE AND CLARITY WITH WHICH OUR RESPONSE ARE SPEAKING? I DON'T. I THINK WHAT IS LACKING TODAY IN OUR CONVERSATION IS THE CONSEQUENCES OF FAILURE. THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER USED THE WORDS VICTORY AND SUCCESS, AND HAD HE A VERYOW VIEW OF THEM. I UNDERSTAND HIS CHARACTERIZATION -- VERY LOW VIEW OF THEM. I UNDERSTAND HIS CHARACTERIZATION, WE HEARD THOSE WORDS BEFORE. THAT'S WHAT THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY SAID. YOU KNOW WHAT? WE WILL FEAR THE WORD FAILURE WHEN IT IS USED IN THE CONTEXT OF THIS CHALLENGE THAT'S BEFORE US. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THERE HAS BEEN GREAT DIFFICULTY THAT HAS GONE BEFORE US IN THIS FIGHT. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THERE HAVE BEEN GREAT MISTAKES THAT HAVE BEEN MADE. AND I AM WHOLEHEARTEDLY IN FAVOR OF US ACTING AS A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT AND CALLING FOR BENCHMARKS AND THE DEMARCATION AND HOLDING THE ADMINISTRATION QUIBBLE FOR -- ACCOUNTABLE FOR DECISIONS. IF WE FAIL IN THIS, IF WE PULL OUT F. WE RETREAT, IF WE YIELD, WHAT WILL HAPPEN? IS THERE ANYBODY, REALLY, WHO THINKS THAT IRAN, FOR EXAMPLE, WILL BE LESS PROVOCATIVE? IS THERE ANYBODY WHO THINKS THAT AL QAEDA WILL BE LESS PROVOCATIVE? IF WE FAIL, IS EXTREMISM IN THIS WORLD, WILL IT BE ASENDANT OR WILL IT BE DESCENDENT? MADAM SPEAKER, I CLOSE WITH A SIMPLE QUESTION AND THAT IS, WE NEED TO ASK WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS RESOLUTION THAT WILL DO ONE OF TWO THINGS. DOES THIS ENCOURAGE OUR TROOPS OR DOES THIS DISCOURAGE OUR ENEMIES? AND I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THIS RESOLUTION, WHILE IT'S SERIOUS, IT'S VERY SERIOUS, IT'S NOT SUBSTANTIVE. THIS IS THE ULTIMATE EXPRESSION OF LEGISLATIVE PASSIVE AGGRESSION. IT OFFERS NO SUBSTANTIVE ALTERNATIVE. SO, MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION AND ASK MY COLLEAGUES TO DO THE SAME. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. ENGEL

    FIVE MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK WHO IS CHAIR OF THE…

    FIVE MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM NEW YORK WHO IS CHAIR OF THE FOREIGN OPERATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND MY DEAR FRIEND IN THE ADJOINING DISTRICT, MRS. LOWEY.

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    MRS. LOWEY

    WAR IS RAGING IN IRAQ. WITH ATROCITIES AGAINST INNOCENT CIVILIANS MOUNTING…

    WAR IS RAGING IN IRAQ. WITH ATROCITIES AGAINST INNOCENT CIVILIANS MOUNTING EVERY DAY. OUR TROOPS, OUR BRAVE TROOPS ARE CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE, DYING AND BEING MAIMED, DRIVING ON LOCAL ROADS, PATROLLING NEIGHBORHOODS, AND MOVING ABOUT BY HELICOPTER. WHAT IS THEIR MISSION TODAY? WHAT IS THE STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE OF THE ESCALATION PROPOSED BY THE PRESIDENT? PRESIDENT BUSH'S PLAN TO DEPLOY 20,000 ADDITIONAL U.S. COMBAT TROOPS TO IRAQ IS NOT A NEW STRATEGY. AND NOTHING I HAVE SEEN OR HEARD HAS CONVINCED ME THAT THIS ESCALATION WILL MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN IRAQ OR HASTEN THE SAFE RETURN OF U.S. TROOPS. IN FACT, GENERAL ABIZAID SAID THAT MORE AMERICAN FORCES PREVENT THE IRAQIS FROM TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN FUTURE. FOUR PREVIOUS TROOP SURGES BETWEEN DECEMBER, 2003, EVEN OCTOBER -- AND OCTOBER, 2006, HAVE NOT MADE A DENT IN THE LEVEL OF VIOLENCE NOR IN THE NUMBER OF U.S. CASUALTIES. WE HAVE SPENT NEARLY $500 BILLION IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND YET INEXPLICABLY OUR TROOPS STILL DO NOT HAVE THE PROTECTION THEY NEED. THROUGHOUT THIS WAR MANY IN CONGRESS HAVE ADDRESSED THE LACK OF EQUIPMENT AND PROTECTION FOR OUR TROOPS. NOW MILITARY LEADERS ARE SAYING THAT THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH ARMORED KITS AND VEHICLES TO PROTECT THESE ADDITIONAL FIVE BRIGADES THE PRESIDENT PLANS TO SEND TO IRAQ. IT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO SEND MORE SOLDIERS TO IRAQ, BUT IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE TO SEND THEM WITHOUT PROPER ARMAMENTS OR AN EXPLANATION FROM THE ADMINISTRATION ABOUT HOW OUR TROOPS WILL BE PROTECTED. 3,132 AMERICANS IN UNIFORM HAVE DIED. 23,417 HAVE BEEN WOUNDED SINCE THE START OF THE WAR IN IRAQ. I VISITED OUR WOUNDED SOLDIERS AT WALTER REED, BETHESDA NAVAL HOSPITAL, AND MOST RECENTLY AT LAN STALL MILL -- LANDSTHUL MILITARY OPT IN GERMANY DURING MY VISIT TO IRAQ WITH THE SPEAKER. I STOOD AT THE BEDSIDE OF 23-YEAR-OLD SEVERELY WOUNDED SOLDIER. A SOLDIER WHO WAS HOLDING THE HAND OF HIS 21-YEAR-OLD BROTHER, CURRENTLY SERVING IN IRAQ, AND THE HAND OF HIS FATHER WHO HAD ALSO SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES. A SOLDIER WHO WILL LIKELY NEVER COME HOME. THESE FAMILIES ARE MAKING THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR OUR COUNTRY. I AM HUMBLED BY THEIR COMMITMENT, THEIR PROFESSIONALISM, AND DEDICATION. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR ARMED FORCES, OUR CITIZENS, AND THE CONSTITUENTS WHO HAVE ELECTED US TO BRING THEM HOME AS QUICKLY AND SAFELY AS POSSIBLE. I AM CONVINCED THAT THE THOROUGH ANALYSIS AND CONCLUSIONS OF THE BIPARTISAN STUDY GROUP ARE CORRECT. IRAQI LEADERS MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE COUNTRY'S SECURITY AND GOVERNMENT, AND WE MUST ENGAGE THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO WORK TOWARDS STABILITY IN THE REGION. THERE IS NO MILITARY SOLUTION TO THE CRISIS IN IRAQ, AND WE CANNOT SEND MORE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN TO POLICE A CIVIL WAR. AS I HAVE SAID MANY TIMES BEFORE, THERE ARE NO GOOD SOLUTIONS TO THE QUAGMIRE IN IRAQ. THIS WAR WAS ILL-CONCEIVED, POORLY PLANNED, INCOMPETENTLY EXECUTED. THE BEST MILITARY MINDS MUST NOW FOCUS THEIR EFFORTS ON THE SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE REDEPLOYMENT OF OUR TROOPS RATHER THAN ON THIS ESCALATION. I CANNOT SUPPORT SENDING MORE OF OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM ON A LAST DITCH, MISGUIDED MISSION. WE BEST SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, MY COLLEAGUES, AND OUR NATIONAL INTERESTS BY ADOPTING THIS RESOLUTION AND BY EXPRESSING CLEARLY ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OUR FIRM DETERMINATION TO CHANGE COURSE IN IRAQ. I THANK YOU.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM IDAHO, BILL SALI.

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    MR. SALI

    CHAIRMAN, BEFORE BEGIN I FIRST WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR REMINDING THE…

    CHAIRMAN, BEFORE BEGIN I FIRST WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR REMINDING THE BODY OF THE NEED FOR DECORUM IN OUR REMARKS AND WOULD ALSO ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SUBMIT EXTENSION OF MY REMARKS.

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    MR. SALI

    30 ADDITIONAL SECONDS

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    THE JAM GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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    PEOPLE, BUT RATHER THEY MUST SERVE AS A RENEWED COMMITMENT TO HOPE OF…

    PEOPLE, BUT RATHER THEY MUST SERVE AS A RENEWED COMMITMENT TO HOPE OF VICTORY AND SECURITY OF IRAQ. WE OWE TO THEIR HEREOISM AND SACRIFICE. VICTORY OVER AMERICA'S ENEMIES IN IRAQ. IRAQ, A VICTORY IN IRAQ IS OUR LAST BEST HOPE OVER AMERICA'S ENEMIES AND SECURITY AND FREEDOM IN THE MIDDLE EAST. WE MUST NOT FAIL. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK. GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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  • 02:47:24 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    YIELD MYSELF FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. ENGEL

    I'M GOING TO COME HERE AND SPEAK TO THE HEART. I DON'T WANT TO READ A…

    I'M GOING TO COME HERE AND SPEAK TO THE HEART. I DON'T WANT TO READ A SPEECH, BECAUSE I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO SPEAK FROM THE HEART. I'M NOT HERE TO POINT FINGERS AND I'M NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN. I SPOT OUR SOLDIERS. I SUPPORT THE WAR AGAINST TERROR. BUT I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION, WHICH IS CONGRESS'S RESPONSIBILITY. WE HAVE TO LOOK, MADAM SPEAKER, AT THE CURRENT SITUATION IN IRAQ AS IT IS, NOT AS WE MIGHT WISH IT TO BE, BUT AS IT IS. SEVERAL YEARS AGO, I VOITED TO GIVE THE PRESIDENT THE AUTHORITY TO GO TO WAR IN IRAQ BASED ON WHAT WE WERE TOLD THEN. I MUST SAY THAT I REGRET THAT VOTE. I REGRET IT NOT ONLY BECAUSE NO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION WERE FOUND OR THAT THERE WAS NO CONNECTION BETWEEN AL QAEDA AND IRAQ AT THAT TIME, EVEN THOUGH WE WERE TOLD THERE WAS. THERE WAS OBVIOUSLY FAULTY INTELLIGENCE. WE'LL NEVER QUITE KNOW IF WE WERE MISLED OR OUR INTELLIGENCE WAS BAD. BUT IT'S CLEAR -- ONE THING IS VERY, VERY CLEAR TO ME, THAT THIS WAR HAS BEEN MISHANDLED FROM THE BEGINNING. THE PRESIDENT IS NOW TALKING ABOUT A SURGE OF SENDING 21,500 MORE TROOPS TO IRAQ. WHEN WE FIRST WENT INTO IRAQ, YOU KNOW, I'M A BIG BELIEVER IF YOU'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING, YOU DO IT RIGHT OR YOU DON'T DO IT AT ALL. WE WERE TOLD BY GENERAL SHINSEKI THAT THERE WEREN'T ENOUGH TROOPS IN IRAQ, NOT ENOUGH TROOPS AT THAT TIME SEVERAL YEARS AGO TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT THE BORDERS, TO PROTECT INSURGENTS FROM COMING IN, TO PROTECT PEOPLE THAT WOULD DO US ILL FROM COMING IN. AND HIS STATEMENTS WERE DISMISSED. NOT ONLY WERE HIS STATEMENTS DISMISSED, BUT THEN HE WAS DISMISSED. AND NOW HERE IT IS THREE OR FOUR YEARS LATER. WE'RE BEING TOLD THAT THE SOLUTION IS TO SEND MORE TROOPS AGAIN. IT'S OBVIOUS TO ME THAT THIS IS TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE. THE WAR IN IRAQ HAS MORPHED INTO A CIVIL WAR. IT'S OBVIOUS THAT ANYONE WHO LOOKED AT THE SITUATION THAT THE SUNNI AND SHIA ARE FIGHTING EACH OTHER AND OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN ARE CAUGHT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT. 80% OF THE PEOPLE IN IRAQ DON'T WANT US THERE. AND MORE AND MORE, OUR PEOPLE ARE BECOMING SITTING DUCKS. I GRIEF FOR MORE THAN THE 3,200 AMERICANS WHO HAVE DIED AND THE COUNTLESS MORE WHO HAVE BEEN INJURED. BUT IT'S ONE THING, MADAM SPEAKER TO DIE IN THE FREEDOM OF YOUR COUNTRY, IN DEFENDING YOUR COUNTRY. IT'S QUITE ANOTHER TO DIE IN A SENSELESS CIVIL WAR THAT MORE AND MORE WE SEE WE CANNOT CONTROL NOR PROBABLY SHOULD WE ATTEMPT TO ANYMORE. YOU KNOW, FROM THE MINUTE WE CAME INTO IRAQ, UNFORTUNATELY DO WE NOT HAVE MORE TROOPS, THERE WAS MISTAKE AFTER MISTAKE, WE FIRED THE BAATH PARTY PEOPLE SO THERE WERE PEOPLE ANGRY TO BEGIN WITH. IRAQI PEOPLE FIND THEIR WAY OF LIFE IS WORSE NOW THAN EVER BEFORE. WE WEREN'T GREETED AS LIBERATORS, BUT WE WERE GREETED AS OCCUPIERS. AND WHEN WE LOOK AT WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSEDLY THERE TO PROTECT, WE LOOK AT THE LEADER OF IRAQ, MR. MALIKI, AND HE'S PROPPED UP BY THE AL-SADR BRIGADE, VICIOUSLY ANTI-AMERICAN, VICIOUSLY KILLING IRAQIS. HE CAN'T GO AFTER THEM. HE'S THE BASE OF THEIR SUPPORT. AND WE ARE TO BELIEVE THAT SOMEHOW HE IS A GREAT PATRIOT AND FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ. WE TALK ABOUT AL QAEDA. AL QAEDA IS CERTAINLY A THREAT. I'M A NEW YORKER AND I WILL NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. AND WE HAVE TO GO AFTER AL QAEDA. AND WE HAVE TO FIGHT FRIM. BUT I BELIEVE THAT THE WAR IN IRAQ HAS NOW BECOME A DISTRACTION AGAINST THE WAR ON TERROR. SO WE SAY BY STAYING IN IRAQ, ARE WE FIGHTING THE WAR ON TERROR OR MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT. I YIELD MYSELF 30 SECONDS. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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  • 02:52:43 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    I TROOP SURGE WILL WORK. THERE ARE OTHER PRIORITIES THAT WE HAVE. OUR…

    I TROOP SURGE WILL WORK. THERE ARE OTHER PRIORITIES THAT WE HAVE. OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE SITTING DUCKS. THIS IS MORE AND MORE LIKE VIETNAM. YOU CAN'T LEAVE AND YOU CAN'T STAY. WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. THIS SURGE WON'T WORK. CONGRESS NEEDS TO SEND THIS MESSAGE TO THE PRESIDENT AND TO IRAQ AND TO THE WORLD.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MRS.…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MRS. MILLER FROM MICHIGAN.

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    MRS. MILLER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. ENGEL

    MY FELLOW NEW YORKER, CONGRESSMAN BISHOP.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    30 SECONDS MORE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY FRIEND FROM VIRGINIA, VIRGIL GOODE.

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    MR. GOODE

    IT'S AN HONOR TO RECEIVE TIME FROM SOMEONE WHO SERVED OUR NATION IN THE…

    IT'S AN HONOR TO RECEIVE TIME FROM SOMEONE WHO SERVED OUR NATION IN THE FINEST WAY AND WHO KNOWS FIRSTHAND HOW HARMFUL A RESOLUTION SUCH AS THIS CAN BE TO THOSE IN THEATER. WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A FOUR-DAY MARATHON HERE. WHILE I CANNOT SAY THAT I AGREE WITH ALL OF THE ACTIONS WITH THE PRESIDENT IN DEALING WITH IRAQ, I WILL NOT BE SUPPORTING H.CON.RES. 63. THE EYES OF THE WORLD ARE UPON THIS HOUSE AND THAT WILL BE COMMONTARY FROM THE -- COMMENTARY FROM THE MIDDLE EAST TO THE STREETS OF SMALL TOWN AMERICA ABOUT WHAT WE DO HERE OVER THIS FOUR-DAY PERIOD EVEN THOUGH THIS RESOLUTION DOES NOT CARRY THE WEIGHT OF LAW. WHEN THE COMMENTARY BEGINS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, IN NO WAY DO I WANT TO COMFORT AND ENCOURAGE THE RADICAL MUSLIMS WHO WANT TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY AND WHO WANT TO WIPE THE SO-CALLED INFIDELS LIKE MYSELF AND MANY OF YOU FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH. IN NO WAY DO I WANT TO AID AND ASSIST THE ISLAMIC JIHADISTS WHO WANT THE GREEN FLAG OF THE CRESCENT AND STAR TO WAVE OVER THE CAPITOL OF THE UNITED STATES AND OVER THE WHITE HOUSE OF THIS COUNTRY. I FEAR THAT RADICAL MUSLIMS WHO WANT TO CONTROL THE MIDDLE EAST AND ULTIMATELY THE WORLD WOULD LOVE TO SEE, IN GOD WE TRUST, STRICKEN FROM OUR MONEY AND REPLACED WITH IN MUHAMMAD WE TRUST. I'M NOT SURE THAT REINFORCING THE EXISTING TROOPS BY 20,000 WILL SAVE US FROM THE JIHADISTS, AND I'M NOT SURE IT WILL PREVENT CHAOS IN IRAQ. I DO HOPE THAT THESE ADDITIONAL FORCES WILL STABILIZE BAGHDAD AND WILL LEAD TO DEMOCRACY AND A TOLERANCE OF DIVERGENT VIEWS AND RELIGIONS IN IRAQ. UNFORTUNATELY THE HISTORY OF THE REGION DOES NOT BODE WELL FOR SUCH CONCLUSIONS. IN MY VIEW THE UNITED STATES BY REMOVING SADDAM HUSSEIN HAS PROVIDED A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR IRAQ TO BE A SHOWCASE FOR TOLERANCE AND UNDERSTANDING. PERHAPS ONE DAY IRAQ MAY WANT TO ADOPT SOMETHING LIKE THE FIRST AMENDMENT OF OUR COUNTRY. THAT MAY ONLY BE AN OPTIMISTIC HOPE. I HOPE MY FEARS AND THE FEARS OF OTHERS ABOUT CHAOS AND CALAMITY PROVE FALSE. IF THE SHIITE AND SUNNI CONTROVERSY ESCALATES AND THE SITUATIONS WORSEN, WE COULD BE FACED WITH A CLAMOR TO ADMIT THOUSANDS AND PERHAPS MILLIONS INTO THIS COUNTRY. I CALL ON THE PRESIDENT AND OUR SECRETARY OF STATE TO NOT ALLOW A MASS IMMIGRATION INTO THIS COUNTRY WITH THE DANGERS AND PITFALLS THAT IT COULD BRING TO OUR SAFETY AND SECURITY. THE TERRORISTS WOULD SURELY ENTER INTO THIS COUNTRY IN SUCH A WAY AS THE 9/11 TERRORISTS SWAM AROUND IN A SEA OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BEFORE WE WERE STRUCK ON SEPTEMBER 11. LET US VOTE NO AND LET US FORESTALL IF NOT PREVENT CALAMITY. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. ENGEL

    HOW MANY MINUTES?

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    FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. ENGEL

    MINUTES.

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    MR. ALTMIRE

    MADAM SPEAKER, IN THE LEADUP TO THE WAR IN IRAQ, THE PRESIDENT OFFERED THE…

    MADAM SPEAKER, IN THE LEADUP TO THE WAR IN IRAQ, THE PRESIDENT OFFERED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MANY REASONS WHY WE SHOULD ENTER INTO THIS CONFLICT. WE WERE TOLD UNEQUIVOCALLY THAT IRAQ POSSESSED WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND POSED AN IMMINENT THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES. WE HAVE SINCE LEARNED THAT PREWAR INTELLIGENCE WAS COMPLETELY INACCURATE. WE WERE TOLD THAT PROCEEDS FROM IRAQ'S OIL RESERVES WOULD PAY FOR THE COST OF THE WAR. INSTEAD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE PAID FOR THE COST OF THE WAR. SO FAR, $400 BILLION WITH AN ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENTAL REQUEST OF $100 BILLION PENDING. WE WERE TOLD THAT WE WOULD BE GREETED AS LIBERATORS. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. MORE THAN 3,000 AMERICAN TROOPS HAVE BEEN KILLED. MORE THAN 23,000 INJURED. AND VIOLENCE IN IRAQ CONTINUES TO ESCALATE. THERE ARE OVER 900 WEEKLY ATTACKS ON U.S. TROOPS. THESE PREDICTIONS WERE IN THE PAST BUT THEY ARE INSTRUCTIVE AS WE CONSIDER THE PRESIDENT'S CURRENT PREDICTIONS ON HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN IRAQ. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE EXPRESSED THEIR CLEAR FRUSTRATION WITH THE CONDUCT OF THE WAR. THE BIPARTISAN IRAQ STUDY GROUP OFFERED A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY TO SUCCESSFULLY MOVE COMBAT FORCES OUT OF IRAQ. HIGH LEVEL MILITARY LEADERS, INCLUDING GENERAL JOHN ABIZAID, HAVE EXPRESSED OPPOSITION TO AN ESCALATION OF TROOPS. BUT THE PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO IGNORE PUBLIC OPINION, REJECT SOUND ADVICE, AND STUBBORNLY ADHERE TO HIS FAILED GO-IT-ALONE POLICIES. HE SAYS HE WANTS A BIPARTISAN STUDY, BUT WHEN THE RESULTS ARE NOT TO HIS LIKING, HE DISMISSES IT. HE SAYS HE WANTS TO HEAR FROM HIS ADVISORS, BUT WHEN THEY DISAGREE WITH HIM, HE DISMISSES THEM. HE SAYS HE WANTS TO HEAR FROM HIS GENERALS ON THE GROUND, BUT WHEN THEY TELL HIM WHAT HE DOESN'T WANT TO HEAR, THEY ARE REASSIGNED. THE FACT IS, MADAM SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO ESCALATE THE WAR IN IRAQ IS NOT A NEW POLICY, JUST MORE OF THE SAME FAILED POLICY. THE SOLUTION IN IRAQ REQUIRES THE IRAQIS THEMSELVES TO REACH A POLITICAL SOLUTION AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT. THE CONTINUED OPEN-ENDED COMMITMENT OF U.S. FORCES ONLY DETERS THE IRAQIS FROM MAKING THE APPROPRIATE POLITICAL DECISIONS, TRAINING SECURITY FORCES, AND ENACTING THE REFORMS NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE STABILITY. THE IRAQ WAR RESOLUTION BEFORE US TODAY IS SIMPLE AND STRAIGHTFORWARD. LET ME EXPLAIN WHAT IT DOES AND WHAT IT DOESN'T DO. FIRST AND FOREMOST THIS RESOLUTION EXPRESSES OUR CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE SERVING BRAVELY AND HONORABLY. IT ALSO EXPRESSES THE SENSE OF CONGRESS THAT WE DISAPPROVE OF THE DECISION MADE BY THE PRESIDENT TO SEND ADDITIONAL TROOPS TO IRAQ. SO MAKE NO MISTAKE. THIS RESOLUTION IS IN SUPPORT OF OUR TROOPS. ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE IS SIMPLY WRONG. NO MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE, REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT, WANTS ANYTHING LESS THAN VICTORY IN IRAQ AND TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. THIS RESOLUTION DOES NOT AFFECT THE FUNDING LEVELS TO CARRY OUT THE WAR. AND ON THAT POINT LET ME BE CLEAR. AS LONG AS WE HAVE TROOPS IN THE FIELD OF BATTLE AND BRAVE AMERICANS IN HARM'S WAY, I WILL NEVER VOTE TO WITHHOLD THEIR FUNDING. I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION BECAUSE WE HAVE A DUTY AS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO CONTINUE TO VOICE THEIR OPINION THAT WITH HIS POLICY OF ESCALATION THE PRESIDENT IS HEADING DOWN THE WRONG PATH. THE BEST WAY FORWARD IS FOR THE PRESIDENT TO WORK WITH CONGRESS TO CHANGE COURSE AND ADOPT THE RESPONSIBLE STRATEGY THAT PROTECTS AMERICAN INTERESTS IN IRAQ, AROUND THE REGION, AND AT HOME. I URGE EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE, ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, TO HEED THE CALL FOR CHANGE AND VOTE FOR THIS RESOLUTION.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OKLAHOMA, MS. FALLIN.

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    MS. FALLIN

    I'D LIKE TO BEGIN BY REVIEWING A LITTLE HISTORY. THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER…

    I'D LIKE TO BEGIN BY REVIEWING A LITTLE HISTORY. THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF TIMES IN AMERICAN HISTORY WHEN WARS DIDN'T GO AS WE HAD HOPED OR PLANNED. THAT WINTER AT VALLEY FORGE WAS CERTAINLY DIFFICULT. DURING THE WAR OF 1812 THE BRITISH OCCUPIED THIS VERY BUILDING. AND THE CIVIL WAR WAS FAR MORE COSTLY AND FAR LONGER THAN WE HOPED IT WOULD BE. AND WORLD WAR II, THE NORTH AFRICAN CAMPAIGN WAS SOMETHING OF A MESS. AND THE BUDDING ISLAND CAMPAIGNS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC WERE NOT SOMETHING WE HAD FORESEEN. AND KOREA AND VIETNAM, WE BROUGHT LIMITED FORCE TO BEAR, AND WE WOUND UP SETTLING FOR STALEMATE AND ULTIMATELY DEFEAT. SO SOME OF OUR WARS WENT WELL. BUT MORE OFTEN THEY LOOK SIMPLER AND CLEANER IN THE HISTORY BOOKS THAN THEY REALLY WERE IN REALITY. IF THERE IS ONE CONSTANT WARNING THAT RUNS THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY IT IS THIS, CONGRESS HAS A VITAL ROLE TO PLAY IN HELPING AMERICA WIN ITS WARS. BUT IT CAN ALSO PLAY A ROLE THAT IS UNINTENDED AND LOSING THEM. IF IT SAYS OR IF IT DOES THE WRONG THING AT THE WRONG TIME, AND THAT IS WHAT THIS RESOLUTION SAYS AND DOES, THE WRONG THING. THIS IS A NONBINDING RESOLUTION. WHICH IS NOTHING MORE THAN A POLITICAL GAME. BUT THE WAR ON TERROR IS NOT A GAME. WE HAVE TO CONSIDER WHAT OUR ENEMIES WILL READ INTO THIS RESOLUTION. WHAT IF CONGRESS DURING THE VALLEY FORGE WINTER HAD PASSED A RESOLUTION SAYING, IT IS TIME TO SEND OUR TROOPS HOME, RETIRE GENERAL WASHINGTON, AND GO AHEAD AND PAY THE STAMP TAX ANYWAY? WHAT IF CONGRESS IN THE SPRING OF 1863 HAD LOOKED AT THE RESULTS OF BULL RUN AND SAID, WE CAN'T WIN THIS. IT'S A CIVIL WAR. FOR GET THE IDEALISM ABOUT FREEING THE SLAVES. WHAT IF CONGRESS IN 1942 OR 1943 HAD TOLD FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT TO PULL OUT OF NORTH AFRICA AND ITALY AND TO GIVE UP THOSE SILLY IDEAS OF LIBERATING FRANCE? WHAT WOULD OUR ENEMIES HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT AMERICA'S LACK OF WILL? THEY WOULD HAVE ASSUMED WE HAD LOST OUR WILL TO WIN AND THEY WOULD HAVE SAID AMERICA CAN'T CUT IT. . WELL, MAKE NO MISTAKE, IRAQ IS JUST ONE BATTLE IN OUR OVERALL WAR ON TERROR. IT THIS RESOLUTION SHOWS OUR WEAKNESS. AND OUR ENEMIES ARE WATCHING TODAY. JUST LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF OSAMA BIN LADEN. HE SAID, THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING THIS WAR. IT IS EITHER VICTORY OR GLORY OR IT IS EITHER MISERY OR HUMILIATION. WE CANNOT BE THE NATION OF HUMILIATION. THE TERRORISTS KNOW WHAT'S AT STAKE. AND IT'S TIME THAT WE SHOW THEM THAT WE KNOW AS WELL AND THAT FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION FOR OUR NATION. WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES, WHAT'S AT RISK FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION? WILL OUR NATION BE SAFER FROM RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISTS IF WE PULL OUT BEFORE THE NEW IRAQI DEMOCRACY BECOMES STABLE AND AN ALLY ON THE WAR ON TERROR? AND ASK YOURSELF, WHAT ISLAMIC TERRORIST LEADER SAYS THAT IF AMERICA LEAVES IRAQ HE WILL BE SATISFIED AND THAT THE TERRORISTS WILL END THEIR ATTACK? IT'S NOT BEEN SAID. WE MUST TAKE EXTRAORDINARY PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT OUR NATIONS FROM THOSE WHO DO US HARM. AND SOMEDAY OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL LOOK BACK ON THIS DECISION THIS WEEK AND THEY WILL REFLECT ON THEIR LIVES. AND THE QUESTION WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES TODAY IS, WILL OUR CHILDREN LIVE IN A SAFER AMERICA? I URGE THE REJECTION OF THIS RESOLUTION, AND I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    MR. ENGEL

    I'M TOLD THAT WE ARE RAPIDLY RUNNING OUT OF TIME AND I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO…

    I'M TOLD THAT WE ARE RAPIDLY RUNNING OUT OF TIME AND I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO YIELD ADDITIONAL TIME TO ANYONE BEYOND THE FIVE MINUTES. I NOW HAVE THE PLEASURE OF CALLING ON ANOTHER NEW STAR IN THIS CONGRESS, BRUCE BRALEY OF IOWA, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. BRALEY

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MY FATHER GOT PERMISSION FROM HIS MOTHER AT THE AGE OF…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MY FATHER GOT PERMISSION FROM HIS MOTHER AT THE AGE OF 17 TO ENLIST IN THE MARINE CORPS. AND ONE YEAR LATER HE FOUND HIMSELF LANDING ON IWO JIMA THE SAME DAY THE FLAGS WERE RAISED. 30,000 MARINES AND JAPANESE SOLDIERS LOST THEIR LIVES IN ONE MONTH ON AN ISLAND THE SAME SIZE AS MY HOMETOWN OF BROOKLYN, IOWA. MY FATHER SAW ONE OF HIS BEST FRIENDS VAPORIZED BY A SHELL BURST, AND WE DID NOT LEARN THAT FACT UNTIL 15 YEARS AFTER HE DIED. THE SAME NIGHT THAT MY FATHER LANDED ON IWO JIMA, ANOTHER MARINE FROM MY HOMETOWN OF BROOKLYN SLEPT UNDER THOSE FLAGS AS JAPANESE BOMBS FLEW OVERHEAD. HAROLD KELLER WAS THE REAL DEAL. HE WAS THE SECOND MARINE TO REACH THAT MOUNTAIN. AND A HE FOUGHT OFF A JAPANESE COUNTERATTACK AND RESCUED THE PEOPLE YOU SEE DEPICTED IN "FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS." WHEN HE CAME HOME TO MY HOMETOWN, HE REPAIRED MILKING EQUIPMENT FOR AREA FARMERS. MY UNCLE GORDON BRALEY SERVED IN THE MERCHANT MARINE, GUARDING ALLIED SHIPPING LANES IN THE PACIFIC. MY UNCLE LYLE SERVED IN THE ARMY. MY COUSIN WAS A MARINE CORPS ARTILLERY OFFICER AT A FIRE BASE IN VIETNAM. THESE ORDINARY MEN TAUGHT ME THAT PATRIOTISM IS NOT SOMETHING YOU CLAIM BY PUTTING DOWN OTHERS WHO DISAGREE WITH YOUR VIEWPOINTS. IT'S SOMETHING YOU EARN BY THE WAY YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE, THE RESPECT YOU HAVE FOR THE INSTITUTIONS THAT MAKE THE UNITED STATES A GREAT BEACON OF LIBERTY, FREEDOM AND JUSTICE. WHEN I RETURN TO MY HOMETOWN OF WATER LIEU, IOWA, I'M STILL SURROUNDED BY HEROES. THEY STILL BELONG TO THE IOWA NATIONAL GUARD. THEY ARE APPROXIMATELY 570 FATHERS, MOTHERS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS FROM THERE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. ONE IS MISSING HIS SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR IN THE IOWA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BECAUSE THEIR LATEST TOUR WAS RECENTLY EXTENDED. A FLAG IS DRAPED OVER HIS DESK IN THE HOUSE CHAMBER. THESE HEROES ARE THE REASON WHY I STAND HERE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO ESCALATE THE WAR IN IRAQ. ON NOVEMBER 7, 2006, THE VOTERS OF THIS COUNTRY WENT TO THE POLLS AND CLEARLY STATED THAT IT'S TIME FOR A NEW DIRECTION IN IRAQ. SOON AFTER, THE BIPARTISAN IRAQ STUDY GROUP PRESENTED PRESIDENT BUSH WITH A DESPERATELY NEEDED BLUEPRINT FOR CHANGE. THEY RECOGNIZED THAT THE DETERIORATING CRISIS IN IRAQ COULDN'T BE SOLVED BY MILITARY ACTION. INSTEAD, IT REQUIRED A POLITICAL SOLUTION BETWEEN WARRING FACTIONS FOR A STABLE DEMOCRACY TO EVOLVE. THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP RECOGNIZED THAT STAY THE COURSE WAS A FAILED STRATEGY AND THAT THREE PRIOR TROOP SURGES HAD DONE LITTLE TO STEM THE GROWING VIOLENCE. THEY KNEW THAT THE IRAQIS WOULD NEVER GET SERIOUS ABOUT STANDING UP FOR THEIR OWN COUNTRY UNTIL THEY WERE CONFRONTED WITH A TIMETABLE FOR REDEPLOYING OUR FORCES. AFTER I WAS SWORN IN ON JANUARY 4, I HOPED THAT PRESIDENT BUSH WOULD LISTEN TO THE ADVICE OF THIS GROUP WHOSE RECOMMENDSES HE ROLL CALLED. I HOPED THAT HE WOULD MOVE TO FULFILL THE PROMISE OF THE DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ASKET 2006 WHEN THIS CONGRESS STATED THAT 2006 WOULD BE A PERIOD OF SIGNIFICANT TRANSITION IN IRAQ WITH THE IRAQI SECURITY FORCES TAKING THE LEAD FOR THEIR OWN SECURITY SO WE COULD BEGIN A PHASED REDEPLOYMENT OF U.S. FORCES FROM IRAQ. INSTEAD, THE PRESIDENT IGNORED THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE STUDY GROUP AND CHOSE TO ESCALATE THE WAR IN IRAQ WITHOUT CHARTING A NEW COURSE. TO MY FRIENDS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WHO DISAGREE WITH THE RESOLUTION WE'RE DEBATING FOOD, BY ALL MEANS, VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE. I'LL BE VOTING MY CONSCIENCE AND JOINING WELL-KNOWN REPUBLICANS WHO AGREE THAT THE ESCALATION IS A MISTAKE. PEOPLE LIKE SENATOR CHUCK HAGEL OF MY NEIGHBORING STATE OF NEBRASKA WHO CALLED THE PRESIDENT'S ESCALATION PLAN THE MOST DANGEROUS FOREIGN POLICY BLUNDER IN THIS COUNTRY SINCE VIETNAM IF IT'S CARRIED OUT. PEOPLE LIKE FORMER IOWA REPRESENTATIVE JIM LEACH WHO SAID THAT THE PRESIDENT'S POLICY IN IRAQ MAY GO DOWN AS THE GREATEST FOREIGN POLICY BLUNDER IN U.S. HISTORY. WELL-RESPECTED MILITARY EXPERTS ALSO OPPOSE THIS ESCALATION, INCLUDING GENERALS COLIN POWELL, GEORGE CASEY AND THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF. THE PRESIDENT TRULY STANDS ALONE WITH A STRATEGY THAT HIS OWN GENERALS, KEY REPUBLICANS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OPPOSE. THE TIME IS LONG OVERDUFORT THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE TO REASSERT ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE IN THIS CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES. WE HAVE A DUTY TO SEND A MESSAGE THAT IT'S TIME FOR REAL CHANGE IN IRAQ. CHANGE CHARACTERIZED BY ACCOUNTABILITY AND REDEPLOYMENT OF OUR TROOPS. THERE WILL BE NO MORE BLANK CHECK. THERE WILL BE TOUGH QUESTIONS IN OVERSIGHT. AND I WILL WORK TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS HAPPENS AND ASK EVERYONE TO SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NORTH CAROLINA, VIRGINIA FOXX.

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    CORRECTION. MAKE IT FOUR.

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    MS. FOXX

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU, A TRUE PATRIOT, MR. JOHNSON. I RISE…

    YOU, MADAM SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU, A TRUE PATRIOT, MR. JOHNSON. I RISE TODAY NOT ONLY IN SUPPORT OF THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE ARMED FORCES, BUT ALSO IN SUPPORT FOR THE CAUSE IN WHICH THEY FIGHT. THEY HEROICALLY GIVE UP THEMSELVES EVERY DAY TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR NATION AND THE FREEDOM THAT WE AMERICANS ENJOY, THE FREEDOMS THAT WE AMERICANS ENJOY. LIKE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, I WANT AMERICA'S TROOPS HOME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, BUT DISENGAGING AT THIS TIME WOULD INVITE THE TERRORISTS TO FOLLOW US HOME. THIS RESOLUTION SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE AND WILL HAVE GRAVE CONSEQUENCES. IT WILL DEMORALIZE OUR TROOPS AND EMBOLDEN OUR ENEMIES. WE'RE COMBATING A GLOBAL ADVERSARY WHO SEES AN ENEMY IN ANY NATION THAT SUPPORTS THE IDEALS OF FREEDOM. IN THE INTEREST OF DEMOCRACY, GLOBAL SAFETY AND WORLD PEACE, VICTORY IN IRAQ IS ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL. WHILE SOME SEEM HAPPY TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE WAR, THEY'VE OFFERED NOTHING IN THE WAY OF A SOLUTION TO DEFEAT THE JIHADISTS. IT'S FINE TO DISAGREE, BUT YOUR OPINION HOLDS LITTLE WEIGHT IF YOU FAIL TO OFFER A CONSTRUCTIVE ALTERNATIVE. LEADERSHIP TAKES STRECK AND COURAGE TO SUCCEED IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY, ALTHOUGH MISTAKES MAY BE MADE ALONG THE WAY. MANY COMMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE BY THOSE WHO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION, BUT ONE THAT DESERVES A RESPONSE IS THE OFTEN REPEATED PHRASE THAT THIS IS AN IMPOSSIBLE WAR TO WIN. WHAT A TERRIBLE ATTITUDE FOR MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO HAVE. WHAT IF GEORGE WASHINGTON HAD SUCCUMBED TO THE CRITICS OF HIS DAY WHO SAID THOSE DAYS? WHAT IF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, F.D.R. AND PRESIDENT TRUMAN TOOK THAT ATTITUDE? WHERE WOULD WE BE HERE TODAY? THE PEOPLE BEBFER US DID NOT LISTEN TO THE NAYSAYERS. THEY ALWAYS FOCUSED ON THE IMPOSSIBLE AND ACCOMPLISHED IT. THESE PEOPLE REMIND ME OF THE ATTITUDE OF THE CARTER ADMINISTRATION IN DEALING WITH IRAN. LET ME QUOTE A RECENT ARTICLE BY ONE THAT I SUBMIT TO BE INCLUDED IN THE RECORD. QUOTE, THEY'RE WILLING TO RISK THE COUNTRY FALLING INTO THE HANDS OF THE ISLAMIC RADICALS. LITTLE DO THE PEOPLE WAGING THE WAR AGAINST THE WAR KNOW THAT IN EXCHANGE FOR A TEMPORARY POLITICAL ADVANTAGE THEY ARE GRAVELY ENDANGERING AMERICA'S SECURITY AND WELL-BEING, ULTIMATELY EVEN THEIR OWN. LET US BAND TOGETHER AS AMERICANS, PUT ASIDE POLITICAL DIFFERENCES TO SHOW THAT WE UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO DEFEND FREEDOM FOR THE LONG AND SHORT TERMS. THIS IS THE DECISIVE BATTLE OF OUR GENERATION, AND THIS IS A DEFINING MOMENT OF OUR TIME. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE AND SHOULD VOTE NO ON THIS RESOLUTION.

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    MR. ENGEL

    ON ONE OF OUR GREAT NEW FRESHMAN, THE GENTLEMAN FROM IOWA, MR. LOEBSACK.

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    MR. LOEBSACK

    FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY WITH ALL MY COLLEAGUES, I STAND HERE IN…

    FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, TODAY WITH ALL MY COLLEAGUES, I STAND HERE IN SUPPORT OF OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE ARMED SERVICES AS WELL AS THEIR FAMILIES. WE SHOULD HONOR OUR GREAT SACRIFICES WITHOUT HESITATION. I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION BECAUSE I BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN FOR ESCALATION IS THE WRONG APPROACH TO THE CONFLICTS IN IRAQ. BUT THIS MUST NOT END -- BE THE END OF OUR EFFORTS IN CONGRESS. FOR TOO LONG CONGRESS REFUSED TO STAND UP TO THE ADMINISTRATION. OUR ACTIONS TODAY MUST MARK THE BEGINNING OF CONGRESS' ROLE, NOT THE END. THE TIME HAS COME TO TELL PRESIDENT BUSH ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. LAST NOVEMBER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SPOKE. THEY SPOKE LOUDLY AND CLEARLY ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES, BUT NONPOUR PASSIONATELY AND -- NONE MORE PASSIONATELY AND FORCEFUL THAN THE WAR IN IRAQ. THEY DECIDED THAT THE MISADVENTURE IN IRAQ MUST END. OUR TROOPS HAVE PERFORMED VALIANTLY IN IRAQ. IN JUST A MATTER OF A FEW WEEKS THEY REMOVED FROM POWER A BRUTAL DICTATOR AND BEGAN TO PROVIDE THE IRAQI PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONSTRUCT A NEW POLITICAL ORDER. OUR TROOPS HAVE ALSO CONTRIBUTED MIGHTYLY TO THE RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE IRAQI ECONOMY AND INFRASTRUCTURE. BUT OVER THE COURSE OF THIS CONFLICT, THE MISSION OF OUR TROOPS HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED. AND NOW THEY FIND THEMSELVES IN THE MIDDLE OF A CIVIL WAR THAT INVOLVES NOT JUST TWO SIDES BUT ALMOST ENEW MEXICO RABBLE FACTIONS IN CONFLICT WITH ONE ANOTHER. WHAT'S WORSE IS THE CONTINUED PRESENCE OF AMERICAN TROOPS IN IRAQ WILL LIKELY ONLY ENFLAME THE ONGOING SECTARIAN STRIFE AND CREATE MORE, NOT FEWER ENEMIES OF AMERICA. THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT A CONTINUED PRESENCE OF AMERICAN TROOPS WILL ONLY EXACERBATE THE MULTIPLE CONFLICTS IN IRAQ. AS A MEMBER OF THE READINESS SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, I HAVE ADDITIONAL CONCERNS REGARDING PRESIDENT BUSH'S PROPOSED ESCALATION. I BELIEVE SUCH AN ESCALATION WILL FURTHER STRAIN THE LIMITED RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO OUR MILITARY. ALREADY WE KNOW OUR READINESS LEVELS FOR OUR TROOPS NOT YET DEPLOYED ARE INADEQUATE. A FURTHER ESCALATION OF TROOP LEVELS IN IRAQ WILL ONLY EXACERBATE THIS PROBLEM AND PUT MORE SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN IN HARM'S WAY WITHOUT THE PROPER TRAINING OR EQUIPMENT. OUR TROOPS WERE NOT TRAINED TO BE PEACE MAKERS IN SITUATIONS SUCH AS TODAY'S IRAQ. SOME HAVE ARGUED THAT WE NEED TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF TROOPS SO WE CAN ENGAGE IN AN ACTION SIMILAR TO WHAT OUR FORCES DID IN BOSNIA. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS IS AT BEST A FALSE ANALOGY. IRAQ TODAY IS NOT BOSNIA OF 1995. TODAY'S IRAQ IS IN THE EARLY STAGES OF A SERIES OF CONFLICTS THAT MAY INDEED INTENSIFY, BUT THIS WILL OCCUR WHETHER OR NOT WE INSERT ANOTHER 20,000 MORE TROOPS. WE CANNOT SOLVE IT MILITARILY. AND ALTHOUGH IT WAS THE -- I BELIEVE IT'S NECESSARY FOR THE IRAQI PEOPLE TO STEP UP AND ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR FUTURE. WHAT IS ALSO NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER IS FOR THIS ADMINISTRATION TO REACH OUT TO OUR TRADITIONAL ALLIES AND THOSE IN THE REGION WHO HAVE A SIGNIFICANT STATE IN THE FUTURE OF IRAQ. THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING THAT THEY HAVE BEEN RELUCTANT TO DO. IT MUST ADMIT THAT IT MADE A MAJOR STRATEGIC MISTAKE WHEN THEY INVADED IRAQ IN THE FIRST PLACE. I THINK THIS WOULD GO SOME DISTANCE IN REPAIRING OUR RELATIONS WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD. AND THIS IS A PREREQUISITE TO SECURING THEIR HELP ON IRAQ. MADAM SPEAKER, I CALL ON MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION TODAY AS A BEGINNING OF THIS CHAMBER'S EFFORTS TO PROTECT OUR TROOPS AND BRING OUR COUNTRY'S INVOLVEMENT IN THIS WAR TO AN END. THANK YOU.

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    MR. JOHNSON

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IN CLOSING, WE'VE HEARD A LOT OF EXCELLENT…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. IN CLOSING, WE'VE HEARD A LOT OF EXCELLENT PRESENTATION POINTS TODAY. I MUST CLARIFY THE FACT THAT THE STUDY GROUP DID RECOMMEND A SURGE IN ONE PART, AND THE PRESIDENT HAS ELIMINATED THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT THAT WE HAD LAID ON OUR TROOPS OVER THERE, SO THEY HAVE A WAY TO MAKE THIS THING REALLY HAPPEN. . I WANT TO KNOW IF THE DEMOCRATS INSIST THEY ARE SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS WHEN THEY WOULDN'T LET ME INTRODUCE OUR MEASURE THAT MANDATES WOULD SUPPORT AND FULLY FUND THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. I'M POSITIVE THAT DEMOCRATS WILL ATTEMPT TO CUT FUNDING AS SOON AS THE SPENDING BILLS COME UP THIS SPRING, AND MAYBE EARLIER BECAUSE THERE WAS A PRESS CONFERENCE EARLIER TODAY THAT INDICATED EXACTLY THAT. AND FEAR WHAT THAT MEANS FOR OUR TROOPS ON THE GROUND, FOR THEIR MORALE. THE REALITY IS IS THAT PRESIDENT BUSH REALIZED HE NEEDED TO CHANGE THE COURSE IN IRAQ AND THAT'S WHY HE WORKED WITH FOLKS ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ TO HEAR FRESH IDEAS AND CAME UP WITH A NEW PLAN. THE PRESIDENT WANTS CHANGE AND THAT'S WHY HE CHANGED THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT. ENABLING OUR GUYS TO SHOOT AT ANY SUSPECTED TERRORISTS. THE PRESIDENT WANTS CHANGE AND THAT'S WHY HE REMOVED POLITICAL PROTECTIONS OF ALL INSURGENTS SO ALL THE BAD GUYS COULD BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE REGARDLESS OF WHO THEY KNEW OR WHO THEY WORKED FOR. THESE IDEAS ARE HUGE BREAKTHROUGHS AND REAL SOLUTIONS. THESE IDEAS REPRESENT FRESH STARTS AND NEW PLANS. WHAT IS THE DEMOCRAT PLAN TO MOVE FORWARD AND WIN? THEY DON'T HAVE ONE. 36 HOURS OF POLITICAL GRANDSTANDING, NONBINDING RESOLUTIONS, AND PETTY POSTURING. THEY ARE NOT PROPOSING SOLUTIONS, THEY ARE NOT EVEN ENCOURAGING NEW IDEAS. IN FACT, THEY STOPPED THEM LIKE WHEN THEY SQUASHED MY AMENDMENT. MANY HOPE THAT THE TROOP SURGE IS THE BEGINNING OF THE END. WE SHOULD ALL WANT THAT. IF IT GETS THE JOB DONE. YET THE DEMOCRATS JUST SAY NO. YOU KNOW, THE TIME WILL COME WHEN YOU CAN PUT THE MONEY BEHIND THESE NONBINDING RESOLUTIONS, AND YOU BETTER BELIEVE WE'LL BE WATCHING AND CALLING FOR THOSE FUNDING CUTS LOUD AND CLEAR. AMERICA NEEDS TO KNOW, CUTTING FUNDS FOR OUR TROOPS IN HARM'S WAY IS NOT A REMEDY. IT'S A RUSE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. AND YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME TO THE NEXT MODERATOR, MR. SAXTON. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN.

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    MR. ENGEL

    OUR RISING FRESHMEN STARS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, REPRESENTATIVE…

    OUR RISING FRESHMEN STARS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, REPRESENTATIVE JOHN SARBANES, FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 03:33:23 PM

    MR. SARBANES

    MADAM SPEAKER, THE RESOLUTION WE ARE DEBATING TODAY IS SIMPLE AND DIRECT.…

    MADAM SPEAKER, THE RESOLUTION WE ARE DEBATING TODAY IS SIMPLE AND DIRECT. IT DECLARES STRONG SUPPORT FOR OUR TROOPS ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ AND OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION TO SEND AN ADDITIONAL 21,000 MEN AND WOMEN INTO HARM'S WAY. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY ENDORSE THE RESOLUTION AND PRAY THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL HEED ITS CALL. MOST AGREE NOW THAT IT WAS A MISTAKE TO INVADE IRAQ. HEARINGS IN THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE ARE STRIPPING AWAY THE LAST THIN VENEER OF JUSTIFICATION FOR THAT FATEFUL DECISION. THEY ARE OFFERING COMPELLING EVIDENCE THAT THE ADMINISTRATION SACRIFICED WISDOM, JUDGMENT, AND CONSCIENCE IN FAVOR OF SHOCK AND AWE. MANY OF US SENSE A SIMILAR IMPULSE AT WORK IN THIS ADMINISTRATION'S DEALINGS WITH IRAN. LET US SERVE NOTICE THIS CONGRESS WILL NOT ALLOW THE ADMINISTRATION TO PURSUIT YET ANOTHER ILL-FATED MISSION. MADAM SPEAKER, BRINGING OUR TROOPS HOME FROM IRAQ IS NO LONGER A WHISPERED PRAYER, IT IS NOW THE CLARION CALL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ONE YEAR AGO THOSE PROPOSING A NEW DIRECTION IN IRAQ WERE LABELED AS UNPATRIOTIC AND MARGINALIZED IN THE NATIONAL DISCOURSE. BUT WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY. ELECTIONS DO MATTER. ON NOVEMBER 7 THE PEOPLE IN MY DISTRICT, IN MARYLAND AND ACROSS THE NATION SENT A STRONG MESSAGE. THE NEXT DAY SECRETARY RUMSFELD RESIGNED, SHORTLY THEREAFTER THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP ISSUED ITS REPORT SHARPLY CRITICIZING THE WAR. AND IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL PASS THIS RESOLUTION SIGNALING STIFF OPPOSITION TO THE ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSAL FOR A TROOP SURGE IN IRAQ. TO THOSE PATRIOTIC AMERICANS WHO HAVE BEEN RELENTLESS IN THEIR CALL FOR AN END TO THE WAR KNOW THIS. YOUR COLLECTIVE VOICE HAS BEEN HEARD. IN MY HOME STATE OF MARYLAND, NEARLY 400 MEN AND WOMEN HAVE DIED OR BEEN WOUNDED IN IRAQ. TWO DAYS AGO, ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS REMINDED ME THAT THE WAR IS NO LONGER BEING MEASURED IN TIME, BUT IN LIVES. TO THE FAMILIES WHO HAVE SACRIFICED SO MUCH AND WHO HAVE SUFFERED THE ULTIMATE LOSS, DO NOT FEAR FOR A MOMENT THAT A CHANGE IN OUR POLICY IN IRAQ, THAT THE EFFORT TO STOP THE ESCALATION, AND BEGIN DRAWING DOWN OUR TROOPS IN ANY WAY DILUTES THE VALUE THIS COUNTRY PLACES ON THE SERVICE OF YOUR LOVED ONES. HISTORY WILL TREAT HARSHLY THOSE POLICYMAKERS AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS WHO LET IDEOLOGY TRUMP SOUND AND INFORMED JUDGMENT. IT WILL FAIRLY CRITICIZE POLITICIANS WHO HAVE EXPLOITED THIS WAR FOR PARTISAN GAIN. BUT IT WILL RESERVE ONLY PRIDE AND LASTING GRATITUDE FOR THE SACRIFICE OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. AMIDST THIS SAD TALE OF BUNDLED INTELLIGENCE AND ILL-ADVISED POLICY, THEY ALONE ARE UNTARNISHED. MADAM SPEAKER, I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO WAR. NEVER KISSED MY WIFE AND CHILDREN GOODBYE WONDERING WHETHER I'LL EVER SEE THEM AGAIN. FAR FROM THE HARSH REALITY IN IRAQ, I AM BLESSED WITH THE SWEET EBB AND FLOW OF LIFE'S DAILY ROUTINES. BUT LIKE MANY AMERICANS WHO WITNESS OUR SOLDIERS DUTIFULLY PUSHING FORWARD EVERY DAY UNDER IMPOSSIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES, I AM ILL AT EASE. I KNOW THAT THE CURRENT POLICY IN IRAQ WILL ONLY LEAD TO MORE PAIN FOR MANY FAMILIES AND FOR OUR COUNTRY. MADAM SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED. THEY ARE TIRED OF RHETORIC. THEY ARE FIRED OF PROMISES -- TIRED OF PROMISES TO PUT POLITICS AND PARTISANSHIP ASIDE WHEN ALL THEY SEE IS BICKERING AND RECRIMINATION. LET'S GIVE THEM HOPE. LET'S SEND THE POWERFUL MESSAGE CONTAINED IN THIS RESOLUTION, BUT LET'S NOT STOP THERE. LET ALL OF US, THE PRESIDENT, THE HOUSE, THE SENATE HAVE THE DECENCY AND DIGNITY OF PURPOSE TO PUT DIFFERENCES ASIDE AND WORK EVERY DAY, BEGINNING THIS DAY, TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES, TO THEIR COMMUNITIES, AND TO A NATION THAT STANDS HUMBLE BY THEIR SACRIFICE. I YIELD BACK MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 03:37:40 PM

    MR. SAXTON

    AT THIS TIME, MADAM SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE…

    AT THIS TIME, MADAM SPEAKER, I'D LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA,

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED FOR THREE MINUTES.

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    MR. FLAKE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US. I WISH I COULD DO SO WITH THE TYPE OF CERTAINTY THAT SEEMS TO MOTIVATE MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ON THE ISSUE. BUT SUCH RESOLUTE CERTAINTY ESCAPES ME. I DON'T HAVE A MILITARY BACKGROUND. IN FACT, FEW OF US DEBATING THIS RESOLUTION DO. BUT EACH OF US CAN FIND GENERALS OR FORMER GENERALS WHO WILL SUPPORT VIRTUALLY EVERY OPTION WE WISH TO PUT ON THE TABLE. IN THE END AS LEGISLATORS WE ARE LEFT WITH OUR OWN COUNSEL. HOPEFULLY SUCH COUNSEL IS INFORMED BY BRIEFINGS, HEARINGS, MEETINGS, AND VISITS TO THE REGION. BUT WE CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT TRY TO PLACE OURSELVES IN THE POSITION OF COMMANDER IN CHIEF. OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT WISELY GIVES THAT ROLE TO THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE. THIS IS NOT TO SAY, HOWEVER, THAT WE SHOULDN'T BE HAVING THIS DISCUSSION. SOME HAVE SAID THAT SIMPLY DEBATING THIS RESOLUTION EMBOLDENS OUR ENEMIES. PERHAPS THEY ARE RIGHT. BUT WE WOULD NOT SUSPEND DUE PROCESS IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE IT MIGHT EMBOLDEN CRIMINALS. IT IS A PRICE WE ARE WILLING TO PAY. LIKEWISE DEBATING THE MERITS OF WAR IS WHAT DEMOCRATIC NATIONS DO. MY OWN THOUGHTS ON THE SITUATION IN IRAQ ARE AS FOLLOWS. I HAVE LITTLE CONFIDENCE THAT A SURGE IN TROOP LEVELS WILL CHANGE THE SITUATION IN IRAQ IN ANY SUBSTANTIVE FASHION. IT SEEMS CLEAR THAT THE VIOLENCE IN IRAQ IS INCREASINGLY SECTARIAN AND INSERTING MORE TROOPS IN THIS ATMOSPHERE IS UNLIKELY TO IMPROVE MATTERS VERY MUCH. WITHOUT A MORE SINCERE COMMITMENT TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE FROM THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT, WE ARE UNLIKELY TO MAKE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS. BUT WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, WE HAVE A COMMANDER IN CHIEF WHOM WE HAVE AUTHORIZED TO GO TO WAR. INSERTING OURSELVES AS LEGISLATORS INTO THE CHAIN OF COMMAND BY PASSING A RESOLUTION , NONBINDING THOUGH IT MAY BE, THAT QUESTIONS THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION TO CONDUCT A MISSION THAT IS CLEARLY ALREADY UNDERWAY STRIKES ME AS FOLLY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO ON THE RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

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    MR. ENGEL

    TO AGAIN INTRODUCE ONE OF OUR FRESHMEN RISING STARS, STEVE KAGEN, OF…

    TO AGAIN INTRODUCE ONE OF OUR FRESHMEN RISING STARS, STEVE KAGEN, OF WISCONSIN, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO HIM.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 03:40:16 PM

    MR. KAGEN

    MY NAME IS DR. STEVEN KAGEN, I'M FROM APPLETON, WISCONSIN, DURING THE PAST…

    MY NAME IS DR. STEVEN KAGEN, I'M FROM APPLETON, WISCONSIN, DURING THE PAST 30 YEARS I HAVE CARED FOR THOUSANDS OF MILITARY VETERANS AS THEIR PHYSICIAN. THE RESOLUTION UNDER CONSIDERATION TODAY AND VOTED ON TOMORROW WILL ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS -- WHAT KIND OF NATION ARE WE? WHICH DIRECTION SHALL WE MOVE? DURING THESE PAST SEVERAL DAYS WE HAVE ALL BENEFITED FROM LISTENING TO HUNDREDS OF POINTS OF VIEW FROM OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES FROM EVERY REGION OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY ON OUR ONGOING INVOLVEMENT IN IRAQ. AND DURING THESE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE WHO SENT ME HERE FROM NORTHEASTERN WISCONSIN. PEOPLE A LOT LIKE YOU, FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE AND SOCIALLY PROGRESSIVE. THE CITIZENS OF NORTHEAST WISCONSIN. PEOPLE IN WISCONSIN LIKE MANY ELSEWHERE VOTED FOR A POSITIVE CHANGE AND A NEW DIRECTION. THE NEW CONGRESSIONAL CLASS OF 2006 HAS GIVEN US HOPE AGAIN. WE ARE INDEED NOT JUST IN NAME BUT SPIRIT AMERICA'S HOPE. I'M PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THESE TALENTED INDIVIDUALS. I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF OUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND TO ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. FOR IT IS THE FIRST STEP IN BRINGING AN END TO OUR COSTLY INVOLVEMENT IN A SENSELESS CIVIL WAR BETWEEN THE SUNNI AND SHIITE PEOPLE. LIKE EVERY AMERICAN, I STRONGLY SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, BUT CAN I NOT SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT'S POOR JUDGMENT IN PROMOTING VIOLENCE INSTEAD OF DIPLOMACY. THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN WRONG IN EVERY DECISION HE'S MADE IN IRAQ. INDEED, ON FOUR SEPARATE OCCASIONS PRIOR ESCALATIONS HAVE FAILED. AND HIS CURRENT PLAN MAKES NO SENSE EVEN TO THE GENERALS WHO UNDERSTAND IT MOST. THE REALITY IS THIS, IT WAS POOR JUDGMENT THAT TOOK US TO WAR IN THE FIRST PLACE. IT'S TIME TO TAKE A DIFFERENT COURSE. FOR THE PATH WE ARE ON NOW IS MORALLY UNACCEPTABLE. HERE ARE THE FACTS. MORE THAN 650,000 IRAQI CIVILIANS DEAD. OVER 3,000 AMERICAN HEROES, GONE FOREVER. OVER 20,000 OF OUR TROOPS MAIMED FOR LIFE. MANY WITH SCARS WE WILL NEVER SEE. AT AN ECONOMIC COST THAT MAY RISE ABOVE $2 TRILLION. MAKE NO MISTAKE, WE MUST DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO DEFEND AMERICA AND KEEP HOSTILITIES FROM OUR SHORES. BUT WHAT WE NEED NOW IS A TOUGH AND SMART NATIONAL DEFENSE POLICY. IT'S TIME NOW TO GET THE SMART PART RIGHT. THIS RESOLUTION HAS BEEN CRITICIZED ON BOTH SIDES. SOME SAY IT'S NOT TOUGH ENOUGH. SOME SAY IT'S TOO TOUGH. BUT I'M CONVINCED IT OFFERS US THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASK THESE QUESTIONS AGAIN. WHAT KIND OF NATION ARE WE? WHEN A PRESIDENT TAKES US TO WAR BASED ON LIES AND DECEPTIONS. WHEN OUR ENERGY POLICY IS DECIDED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. AND WHEN IN OUR FREE ELECTIONS NOT EVERYONE'S VOTE IS COUNTED. WHAT KIND OF NATION WILL WE BE IN ALL OUR MANUFACTURING JOBS ARE TAKEN OVERSEAS? WHEN WORKERS LOSE THEIR RIGHTS TO EFFECTIVE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING? AND WHEN OUR GOVERNMENT CLOSES ITS EYES TO GLOBAL WARMING? WHAT KIND OF NATION ARE WE AND WHICH DIRECTION SHALL WE MOVE? LET'S BEGIN NOW TO WORK TOGETHER AND TAKE A DIFFERENT PATH. A PATH WHERE PEOPLE COME FIRST AHEAD OF POLITICAL PARTIES, AHEAD OF PROFIT AND LOSS STATEMENTS, AHEAD OF POLITICS OF FEAR. WHEN WE PUT PEOPLE AHEAD OF POLITICAL CALCULATIONS, WE'LL BEGIN TO SEE A DIFFERENT WORLD. WE'LL SEE THAT WE MUST BEGIN TO SOLVE OUR DIFFERENCES BY MEANS OTHER THAN GOING TO WAR. AFTER ALL, WAR IS OUR GREATEST HUMAN FAILURE. THIS IS NOT AN IDEALISTIC SENTIMENT. A REALISTIC ASSESSMENT OF THE CHRONICLE HORRORS WITNESSED EVERY DAY IN IRAQ, AND EVEN OUR OWN EXPERIENCES HERE AT HOME. IN NEW YORK CITY, IN VIRGINIA, IN PENNSYLVANIA, IN OKLAHOMA CITY. WE MUST TEACH OUR CHILDREN AND OUR LEADERS ALIKE THAT IN THE END DIPLOMACY DEFEATS VIOLENCE. WE MUST BEGIN TO THINK DIFFERENTLY IN AMERICA AS WE ESTABLISH A NEW DIRECTION FOR HOPE IN THE WORLD AND A NEW BEGINNING FOR AMERICAN ERA. BY WORKING TOGETHER WE WILL BUILD A BETTER FUTURE FOR ALL OF US, BEGINNING RIGHT HERE AND RIGHT NOW. LIKE THE NEW CONGRESSIONAL CLASS OF 2006, AMERICA'S HOPE, I STRONGLY SUPPORT OUR TROOPS BUT NOT THE PRESIDENT'S FAILED POLICY. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN THE CLASS OF 2006 AND VOTE YES ON THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION. JOIN US, BE PART OF AMERICA'S HOPE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW…

    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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  • 03:44:43 PM

    MR. SAXTON

    YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA, MR. NUNES.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. NUNES

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THIS…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THIS INTELLECTUALLY DISHONEST RESOLUTION. I DO SO IN ORDER TO CHALLENGE THE MAJORITY PARTY TO PUT THEIR LEGISLATING WHERE THEIR MOUTHS HAVE BEEN. THE ENDLESS CRITICISM OF THE WAR IN IRAQ IS CLOUDED BY POLITICAL OPPORTUNISM AND HAS DONE LITTLE OR NOTHING TO IMPROVE OUR CHANCES OF VICTORY. WE NEED AN HONEST DEBATE, WE NEED ANSWERS FROM THOSE WHO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. WHAT'S NEXT? WHAT IS YOUR PLAN? . THERE ARE LESS THAN 100 WORDS. AND WHILE THE RHETORIC HAS BEEN FLYING DURING THE DEBATE, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE NEW DEMOCRAT MAJORITY IS HOPING TO AVOID DEBATE IN WHICH THEY MIGHT HAVE TO DEFEND THEIR PLAN IN IRAQ. WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS NOTHING MORE THAN POLITICAL EXERCISE, A NONBINDING RESOLUTION, WORDS WITH NO MEANING. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THEIR OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN IS POLITICAL. THERE IS NO CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM HERE. READ THE RESOLUTION. IRAQ IS THE BATTLEGROUND, MR. SPEAKER. A KEY BATTLEGROUND GECKS EXTREMISM, TERRORISM AND THE EXPANSIONIST GOALS OF OUR ENEMIES. IF WE FAIL, IRAQ WILL BE A HOTBED OF RADICAL ISLAMIC ACTIVITY, A SAFE HAVEN. MR. SPEAKER, HOW IS THE DANGER ASSOCIATED WITH IRAQ NOT CLEAR? I ASK MY COLLEAGUES WHAT EVIDENCE DO YOU NEED. HAVE YOU LISTENED TO THE WORDS OF OUR ENEMIES? MUST WE HAVE MORE CASUALTIES IN U.S. CITIES BEFORE YOU ACCEPT THE NATURE OF THIS GLOBAL THREAT? HOW QUICKLY WE FOREGET, MR. SPEAKER. I URGE -- HOW QUICKLY WE FORGET, MR. SPEAKER. LAST YEAR BIN LADEN SAID IRAQ IS THE FOLK -- FOCAL POINT ON TERROR. IT IS RAGING IN IRAQ. THE WORLD'S MILLSTONE AND PILLAR IS IN BAGHDAD, THE CAPITAL OF THE CALIPHATE. ANOTHER ONE. JIHAD AGAINST AMERICA WILL CONTINUE. JIHAD AGAINST AMERICA WILL CONTINUE, ECONOMICALLY AND MILITARILY. BY THE GRACE OF ALLAH, AMERICA IS IN RETREAT, BUT MORE ATTACKS ARE REQUIRED. MR. SPEAKER, OSAMA BIN LADEN, AS WELL AS OTHER ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS AROUND THE WORLD, VIEW IRAQ THE FOREFRONT IN THEIR IDEOLOGICAL STRUGGLE. MAKE NO MISFAKE, WE ARE AT WAR. AND IT'S TIME THAT SOME MEMBERS OF GOVERNMENT FIGURE IT OUT. SOMEDAY SOON, SUPPORTERS OF THIS RESOLUTION WILL HAVE TO EXPLAIN TO THE VOTERS WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO MAKE US SAFER AT HOME AND ABROAD. SINCE THIS RESOLUTION DOES NOTHING BUT EMBOLDEN OUR ENEMIES, DEMORALIZE OUR TROOPS AND SEND MIXED MESSAGES BEFORE OUR ALLIES, THEY WILL HAVE A DIFFICULT TASK BEFORE THEM. WE WILL HEAR A LOT ABOUT FAILURE AND DEFEAT. WE MIGHT EVEN HEAR A CONSPIRACY THEORY OR TWO. OF COURSE WE WILL HEAR A LOT OF POLITICAL POSTURING. MADAM SPEAKER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW THE TRUTH. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, MADAM SPEAKER, TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT IS WRONG, TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE WE RUSHED TO WAR, TO THOSE THAT CAN'T BEYOND OUR NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE FAILURES AND INSTEAD PERSIST ON CONSPIRACY THEORIES? WHAT IS YOUR PLAN TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? MADAM SPEAKER, I DEMAND ANSWERS FROM THE AUTHORS OF THIS RESOLUTION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW. IS YOUR PLAN TO STAND ASIDE AND ALLOW IDEOLOGICAL CONSUME THE MIDDLE EAST? I IMEMPLOYER MY COLLEAGUES, IF YOU WON'T HEED THE WARNINGS OF OUR MILITARY AND INTELLIGENCE ORGANIZATIONS, LISTEN TO AL QAEDA'S OWN WORDS. THEY'RE SPEAKING DIRECTLY TO YOU. THIS IS FROM DEPUTY LEADER AL-ZAWAHIRI. THE REPUBLICANS DIDN'T LOSE. THE MUSEA DEAN ARE THE ONES WHO WON -- THE MUJADIDEEN ARE THE ONES WHO WON AND THE AMERICAN FORCES ARE THE ONES WHO LOST. DO YOU HAVE NOTHING TO OFFER THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BUT THIS? IS THIS RESOLUTION THE BEST OFFER OF THE NEW DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY OF THE RESPONSE TO OUR CHALLENGES IN IRAQ? MADAM SPEAKER, WE SHOULD HAVE AN HONEST DEBATE ABOUT IRAQ. AND MY FRIENDS WHO ARE CONVINCED THAT THE WAR IS WRONG NEED TO BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR FAILING TO SAY WHAT IS RIGHT. IN CLOSING, I WANT TO SAY HOW PROUD I AM OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM AND SECURITY ALL OVER THE WORLD. THEY DON'T DESERVE WHAT WE ARE DOING TO THEM TODAY. THIS RESOLUTION IS A SHAM. IT IS NOTHING MORE THAN POLITICAL GRANDSTANDING AND IS FEEDING THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE OF OUR ENEMY. I'VE BEEN TO IRAQ. I'VE SEEN THE EFFORTS OF OUR SOLDIERS FIRSTHAND. THEY WANT TO WIN. THEY HAVE SEEN THE FACE OF THE ENEMY, AND I CAN ASSURE YOU THEY ARE COMMITTED TO WINNING. IF YOU ARE COMMITTED TO WINNING, VOTE NO ON THIS RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK.

  • 03:49:50 PM

    MR. ENGEL

    I NOW YIELD TO REPRESENTATIVE MIKE ARCURI OF NEW YORK, ANOTHER RISING STAR…

    I NOW YIELD TO REPRESENTATIVE MIKE ARCURI OF NEW YORK, ANOTHER RISING STAR FROM MY HOME STATE, FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 03:50:03 PM

    MR. ARCURI

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, AMERICANS ARE OUTRAGED…

    I THANK MY COLLEAGUE FOR YIELDING. MADAM SPEAKER, AMERICANS ARE OUTRAGED WITH THE PRESENT COURSE IN IRAQ. HERE WE ARE MORE THAN FOUR YEARS LATER WITH 3,100 OF OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN KILLED FIGHTING A WAR THAT HAS COST OUR NATION $370 BILLION. IT HAS BECOME OVERWHELMINGLY CLEAR THAT THE CURRENT STRATEGY TO SECURE THE PEACE OF IRAQ IS FAILING. AND YET THE ADMINISTRATION CONTENDS THAT SENDING MORE COMBAT TROOPS INTO IRAQ IS SOMEHOW A SILVER BULLET THAT'S GOING TO QUELL THE ONGOING VIOLENCE. I COULDN'T DISAGREE MORE. THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US TODAY ESTABLISHES TWO OVERWHELMINGLY CLEAR AND CONCISE PRINCIPLES THAT ARE SUPPORTED BY A LARGE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS, AND I'M CONFIDENT WILL GARNER A GREAT DEAL OF SUPPORT FROM MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE. FIRST AND FOREMOST, WE SUPPORT OUR BRAVE SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN. THEY HAVE DONE EVERYTHING THAT HAS BEEN ASKED OF THEM BRAVELY AND HONORABLELY. AND FOR THAT WE IN CONGRESS AND THE PEOPLE ALL OVER AMERICA WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL. SECOND, AND WE OPPOSE SENDING ADDITIONAL TROOPS INTO IRAQ. MADAM SPEAKER, DURING THIS DEBATE, SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE USED THE TERM VICTORY IN THEIR REMARKS, VICTORY. BUT NO ONE, NOT ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES IN THIS CHAMBER, NOR ANYONE IN THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS YET TO CLEARLY DEFINE WHAT VICTORY IN IRAQ REALLY MEANS. AT ONE POINT WE WERE TOLD VICTORY MEANT GETTING RID OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. THEN, OF COURSE, WE LEARNED THERE WERE NO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. WHEN THAT DIDN'T WORK, WE WERE TOLD VICTORY MEANT TOPPLING A DICTATOR AND THAT WE WOULD BE GREETED AS HEROES. WE TOPPLED A DICTATOR BUT, OF COURSE, WE WERE NEVER GREETED AS HEROES. AND YET STILL NO VICTORY. THE ADMINISTRATION THEN TOLD US ESTABLISHING ELECTIONS WOULD INSTITUTE VICTORY. THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL ELECTIONS IN -- CONS TUTE VICTORY. THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL ELECTIONS IN IRAQ, AND YET ALL THE WHILE THE CASUALTIES CONTINUE TO RISE. EARLIER THIS WEEK I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE FIRST TIME TO VISIT WITH WOUNDED SOLDIERS RECOVERING. SEEN FIRSTHAND THE DEVASTATING INJURIES THAT SOME OF OUR BRAVE SOLDIERS HAVE ENDURED HAS TROUBLED ME IN A WAY THAT I HAVE NEVER KNOWN BEFORE. AS AN AMERICAN THAT LOVES THIS COUNTRY VERY MUCH, AND AS A FATHER OF TWO TEENAGERS, IT BECAME CRYSTAL CLEAR TO ME RIGHT THEN AND THERE WHAT EXACTLY VICTORY IN IRAQ MEANS. I THINK VICTORY IN IRAQ MEANS BRINGING AS MANY OF OUR TROOPS HOME ALIVE AS POSSIBLE. THE WAY I WANT TO SEE MY TWO CHILDREN BROUGHT HOME IF THEY WERE IN IRAQ. THAT'S WHAT VICTORY IS ABOUT. IT'S BRINGING AS MANY AMERICANS HOME ALIVE AS WE POSSIBLY CAN. MADAM SPEAKER, MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE HAD THE BETTER PART OF THREE YEARS TO USE THEIR POSITION IN THE MAJORITY, TO CHANGE THE COURSE IN IRAQ. THEY DID NOTHING. NO RESOLUTIONS, FEW IF ANY HEARINGS, AND NO ACCOUNTABILITY. HOW MANY MORE AMERICAN LIVES ARE WORTH RISKING TO CONTINUE AN ILL-CONCEIVED AND POORLY PLANNED STRATEGY THAT IS CLEARLY NOT WORKING? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ANSWERED THAT QUESTION LAST NOVEMBER. THEY'VE HAD ENOUGH. ENOUGH POLITICAL RHETORIC, ENOUGH STAY THE COURSE, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, ENOUGH OF THE LOSS OF LIFE. SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES ARE TRYING TO MISCHARACTERIZE THIS RESOLUTION. THEY SAY THIS RESOLUTION SOMEHOW DEMONSTRATES A FAILURE TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. THAT'S PRILLS. LET ME BE CLEAR, PERFECTLY CLEAR. EVERYONE IN THIS CHAMBER, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS ALIKE, SUPPORT OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES. SIMPLY BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THE BEST WAY TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS IS TO BRING THEM HOME DOES NOT MEAN WE DON'T STAND BEHIND THEM. IN FACT, I THINK IT MEANS A GREATER COMMITMENT OF SUPPORT TO THEM. MADAM SPEAKER, I WAS NOT ELECTED TO BLINDLY FOLLOW ALONG. I WAS NOT ELECTED TO ACCEPT THE STATUS QUO. AND I WAS NOT ELECTED TO BE A RUBBER SFAMP. I WAS, HOWEVER, ELECTED TO STAND UP WHEN NECESSARY AND SAY, NO, I DISAGREE. AND IN A IS EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE TODAY. WE ARE STANDING AND SAYING WE DISAGREE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE RUN OUT OF HOPE. THEY ARE TIRED OF THE FAILED POLICIES OF THIS ADMINISTRATION. IT'S TIME FOR A NEW APPROACH. IT'S TIME FOR A NEW STRATEGY. IT IS TIME FOR A NEW DIRECTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. SAXTON

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ROANOKE,…

    MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ROANOKE, VIRGINIA, MR. GOODLATTE.

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    MR. GOODLATTE

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN. MADAM SPEAKER, I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE NONBINDING RESOLUTION BEING OFFERED BY THE MAJORITY, WHICH DESPITE THE RHETORIC, AMOUNTS TO NOTHING MORE THAN THE DEBATE TO MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO IN IRAQ. THIS RESOLUTION OFFERS NO CHANGE FROM THE RECENT COURSE OF EVENTS IN IRAQ. IT DOES NOT TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE BIPARTISAN IRAQ STUDY GROUP. IT DOES NOT REQUIRE THE IRAQI PEOPLE AND THEIR ELECTED LEADERS TO STEP UP AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN FUTURE. IT CERTAINLY DOES NOT SET ANY BENCHMARKS THAT MUST BE MET BY THE IRAQIS. MOST IMPORTANTLY, PASSAGE OF THIS NONBINDING RESOLUTION DOES NOT PROTECT THE FUNDING OF OUR TROOPS IN IRAQ. AND ACCORDING TO MANY DEMOCRATS, IT'S LIKELY TO THE FIRST STEPS IN CUTTING OFF THAT FUNDING ALTOGETHER. MADAM SPEAKER, WE HAVE SPENT THREE DAYS DEBATING A RESOLUTION THAT DOES NOTHING MORE THAN SERVE AS A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ. NOT ONLY IS THIS RESOLUTION DISCOURAGING TO OUR COMMANDERS AND FORCES, IT WILL FUEL THE EFFORTS OF OUR ENEMIES WHO ARE DETERMINED TO SPREAD TERROR AND SUPPRESS FREEDOM. DESPITE NUMEROUS ATTACKS BY TERRORISTS ON U.S. MILITARY AND DIPLOMATIC TARGETS THROUGHOUT THE 1990'S, AMERICANS ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, AWOKE TO THE PAINFUL REALIZATION THAT WE ARE ENGAGED IN A LONG-TERM GLOBAL WAR WITH TERRORISTS. AN SWER NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO -- AN INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO COMBAT IDEOLOGY THAT SPREADS HATE AND DESTRUCTION. SUCCESS IN BRINGING ABOUT A STABLE AND DEMOCRATIC IRAQ IN THE HEART OF THE MIDDLE EAST IS A GOAL THAT I BELIEVE WE ALL SHARE. WHILE THE DIFFICULTIES CANNOT BE MINIMIZED, NEITHER CAN THE CONSEQUENCES OF FAILURE AND WITHDRAW. IF WE FAIL, THE RESOURCES NOW DEVOTED BY TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS AND NATIONS SPONSORING TERRORISM IN IRAQ WILL BE TURNED TO SPREADING TERROR AROUND THE GLOBE, INCLUDING AGAIN ON AMERICAN SOIL. DO NOT EMBOLDEN THEM WITH THIS RESOLUTION. THE UNITED STATES AND OUR ALLIES, IN FACT, ALL FREEDOM-LOVING PEOPLES, NEED TO SUPPORT THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT IN PROVIDING A STABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE IRAQI PEOPLE. AND OUR TROOPS AS THEY ASSIST IN THIS PROCESS. TOGETHER WE HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS DESPITE NUMEROUS OBSTACLES. IRAQIS MADE HISTORY WHEN THEY TURNED OUT IN RECORD NUMBERS DESPITE INCREASED VIOLENCE TO VOTE IN THE FREE ELECTIONS IN OVER 50 YEARS. MILLIONS OF IRAQIS WAVED THEIR PURPLE TIPPED FINGERS WITH PRIDE AS THEY CAME OUT OF THE VOTING STATIONS, A MESSAGE TO THE WORLD THAT THEY COMMOSE FREEDOM. THE PRESIDENT IS THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND HAS THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT THE BEST WAY TO ACCOMPLISH GOALS IN IRAQ. HE'S INITIATED CHANGES TO OUR COURSE IN IRAQ. HOWEVER, WE WILL NOT BE VOTING FOR CHANGE. WE WILL NOT BE VOTING FOR A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF OUR STRATEGY IN IRAQ. IT'S STRANGE THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP HAS BROUGHT THIS POLARIZING AND POLITICAL RESOLUTION ON THE FLOOR TO DIVIDE US, NOT UNITE US ON THE MOST SERIOUS QUESTION OF THE DAY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE AGAINST THIS NONBINDING RESOLUTION, WHICH LAX ANY -- WHICH LACKS ANY SUBSTANCE. I SAY A NO VOTE ON THIS RESOLUTION IS CERTAINLY NOT A RUBBER STAMP FOR THE PRESIDENT'S TROOP SURGE. WHILE I CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE MISSION IN IRAQ, I THINK IT'S CLEAR THAT THE MISSION HAS NOT BEEN FLAWLESS. BUT A VOTE AGAINST THIS RESOLUTION IS A CLEAR VOTE TO SUPPORT OUR COMMANDERS AND TROOPS AND ALL THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES SPREADING FREEDOM TO THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ. I BELIEVE THAT MORE SHOULD BE DONE TO PRESS THE NOW-ESTABLISHED IRAQI GOVERNMENT AND U.S.-TRAINED IRAQI MILITARY TO TAKE THE LEAD. I BELIEVE MORE CAN BE DONE ON THE DIPLOMATIC FRONT TO ENGAGE THE COUNTRIES OF THE MIDDLE EAST TO HELP. BUT UNFORTUNATELY NO SUCH RESOLUTION OFFERING CONCRETE ADVICE HAS BEEN ALLOWED, AND THIS HALLOW PROCESS HAS RESULTED IN A HALLOW RESOLUTION. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE NO.

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    MR. ENGEL

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    MR. SIRES

    SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION ON BEHALF OF THE…

    SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION ON BEHALF OF THE 32,000 MEN AND WOMEN FROM MY STATE OF NEW JERSEY AND ALL THE OTHER SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN THAT HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED SINCE 9/11. . I AM SO PROUD OF THEIR SACRIFICE AND SERVICE TO OUR NICE AND I WILL CONTINUE TO ALWAYS SUPPORT THEM. AFTER ALL I AM STANDING IN FRONT OF YOU AS A PRODUCT OF THE SACRIFICES OUR SOLDIERS HAVE MADE IN THE NAME OF LIBERTY AND FREEDOM THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY. I ALSO RISE ON BEHALF OF MY CONSTITUENTS, THE PEOPLE OF NEW JERSEY, AND THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION, WHOSE TAX DOLLARS ARE PAYING FOR THIS WAR IN IRAQ. SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR, $379 BILLION HAS BEEN APPROPRIATED. ANOTHER $235 BILLION IS SLATED TO BE -- SLATED FOR THE UPCOMING SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS. WE ARE CURRENTLY SPENDING $ BILLION A MONTH IN IRAQ. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE FOOTING THE BILL. ALL THIS MONEY COULD HAVE BEEN USED TO DECLARE WAR ON SOME OF OUR DOMESTIC PROBLEMS HERE AT HOME, SUCH AS POVERTY, IMPROVING OUR SCHOOLS, ENSURING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE, AND INVESTING IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING. THIS MONEY COULD HAVE BEEN USED TO INVEST IN OUR CHILDREN, OUR FAMILY, OUR VETERANS, AND ESPECIALLY OUR ELDERLY. BUT IT WASN'T. INSTEAD AMERICAN TAXPAYERS HAVE ALSO COMMITTED MORE THAN $38 BILLION TO IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION. ABOUT 33% OF THIS MONEY IS TARGETED FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS LIKE ROADS, SANITATION, WATER, ELECTRIC POWER, AND OIL PRODUCTION. HOWEVER I AM CONCERNED THAT ONLY 25% OF THE IRAQI POPULATION HAS ACCESS TO DRINKABLE WATER. I AM CONCERNED THAT OF THE 136 SANITATION AND WATER PROJECTS, ONLY 49 ARE SAID TO BE COMPLETED. I AM CONCERNED THAT THE RESIDENTS IN BAGHDAD ONLY HAVE 4 1/2 HOURS FOR ELECTRICITY PER DAY. AND I AM CONCERNED THAT THE CURRENT OIL PRODUCTION IN IRAQ IS HALF OF WHAT IT WAS PRIOR TO THE WAR. SINCE THE RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT STARTED, THE COALITION PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY CAN'T ACCOUNT FOR ALMOST $9 BILLION OF THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY. EVERY YEAR $4 BILLION HAS BEEN LOST BECAUSE OF LACK OF OVERSIGHT. THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN MANY PROBLEMS WITH POOR PROJECT AND QUALITY MANAGEMENT. FOR EXAMPLE, THE BAGHDAD POLICE COLLEGE COSTS $75 MILLION AND IT WAS BUILT WITHOUT THE PROPER PLUMBING FOR WASTEWATER. IT HAS BECOME A HEALTH AND STRUCTURAL HAZARDS. THE BASRA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IS RUNNING $48 MILLION OVER BUDGET. AND IS A YEAR BEHIND SCHEDULE. AND AFTER SPENDING $186 MILLION , THERE ARE ONLY SIX OF THE 150 PLANNED HEALTH CARE CENTERS ARE COMPLETED AND ONLY 14 MORE WILL BE FINISHED. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. MADAM SPEAKER, THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT SAYS $100 BILLION IS NEEDED OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS TO REBUILD THE COUNTRY'S INFRASTRUCTURE. MADAM SPEAKER, THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT SEEMS TO THINK THEY HAVE AN OPEN ACCESS TO U.S. DOLLARS. THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT AND THE IRAQI PEOPLE MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND HELP REBUILD THEIR COUNTRY. OUR SUPPORT IS NOT OPEN-ENDED, AND NEITHER ARE OUR TAX DOLLARS. MADAM SPEAKER, I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND THIS DEBATE BECAUSE OUR TROOPS, OUR CONSTITUENTS CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO HAVE THIS CONGRESS SUPPORT THE ADMINISTRATION'S FAILED IRAQI POLICIES. THEY FAILED TO GIVE US THE NECESSARY OVERSIGHT FOR IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION EFFORTS, THEY FAILED TO LISTEN TO THE ADVICE OF THE MILITARY COMMANDERS, THEY FAILED TO LISTEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND AS A RESULT THEY FAILED TO PROVIDE A PLAN TO SUCCEED -- SUCCESS IN IRAQ. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK,…

    SPEAKER, I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD TIME TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW YORK, PENNSYLVANIA, MR. PLATS, FOUR MINUTES.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO ANOTHER…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO ANOTHER GREAT NEW FRESHMAN, REPRESENTATIVE JACK SPACE, OF HOIF.

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    THIS TIME I YIELD -- WOULD LIKE TO YIELD THREE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA, MR. HELLER.

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    MR. HODES

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO VOICE SUPPORT FOR OUR…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I COME TO THE FLOOR TODAY TO VOICE SUPPORT FOR OUR TROOPS WITHOUT RESERVATION AND TO OPPOSE THE ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSED ESCALATION IN IRAQ. WE ARE AT A TURNING POINT IN AMERICAN HISTORY. THIS CONGRESS WILL SHORTLY VOTE ON A BOLD, CLEAR RESOLUTION, REPUTIATING THE ADMINISTRATION'S FAILED POLICY IN IRAQ, A FIASCO WHICH HAS WEAKENED OUR SECURITY, THREATENED OUR MILITARY READINESS, COST THOUSANDS OF LIVES AND WASTED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. I WAS ELECTED TO CONGRESS FROM THE GREAT STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE PROMISING RETURN OF CONGRESSIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND OVERSIGHT. FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS WHILE CONGRESS WAS UNDER REPUBLICAN CONTROL, ONLY 12 HEARINGS WERE HELD ON THE IRAQ WAR, BUT IN THE PAST SIX WEEKS, THIS CONGRESS HAS HELD 52 HEARINGS. THE EVIDENCE IS CLEAR THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND CONGRESS WERE MISLED TO THE WAR IN IRAQ. NO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, NO LINKS BETWEEN SADDAM HUSSEIN AND AL QAEDA, NO IMMINENT THREAT TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. OUR RESOURCES, EFFORTS AND ATTENTION WERE RECKLESSLY DIVERTED TO THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN, WHICH I SUPPORTED, AND WHICH CONTINUES TO REQUIRE OUR VIGILANCE AND COMMITMENT. THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS NOW LOST ITS CREDIBILITY WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND WITH THE WORLD. TO SUCCEED IN THE MIDDLE EAST WE MUST REGAIN OUR MORAL COMPASS AND EMBRACE A NEW DIRECTION IN IRAQ. THE ADMINISTRATION'S STUBBORN ARROGANCE AND INCOMPETENCE HAVE MAGNIFIED THE CHAOS IN IRAQ. OUR BRAVE TROOPS HAVE DONE EVERYTHING ASKED OF THEM, BUT THE ADMINISTRATION'S FAILURES IN PLANNING POSTCONFLICT RECONSTRUCTION AND ITS SHOCKING INCOMPETENCE IN MANAGEMENT HAVE OPENED THE PANDORA'S BOX OF SECTARIAN VIOLENCE AND CIVIL WAR. ESCALATION HAS BEEN TRIED BEFORE AND IT HAS FAILED BEFORE. THE ADMINISTRATION CLAIMS THIS ESCALATION IS DIFFERENT. THE ADMINISTRATION SAYS THERE ARE BENCHMARKS FOR THE IRAQIS, BUT WHAT I HAVE CONCLUDED FROM OUR HEARINGS, IN OUR BRIEFINGS IS THAT NO FIRM BENCHMARKS FOR THE IRAQIS HAVE BEEN SET. CLEARLY THE ADMINISTRATION INTENDS TO ESCALATE WHETHER OR NOT THE IRAQIS STEP UP. AND TODAY IT'S REPORTED THAT THEY PLAN TO SEND OUR TROOPS OFF TO IRAQ WITHOUT UPARMORED HUMVEES. THIS IS DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN. A LACK OF PLANNING COMBINED WITH A LACK OF CANNEDOR. RELYING ON A MILITARY FORCE ALONE IS A STRATEGY, CONTINUES THE ADMINISTRATION'S ONE-LEGGED STOOL APPROACH TO FOREIGN POLICY. ABSENT IRAQI GOVERNMENT -- AN ABSENT OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR JOBS AND RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAMS, THE ONE-LEGGED STOOL CANNOT STAND. WE'VE ALREADY LOST BILLIONS IN U.S. AND IRAQI DOLLARS TO FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE. BAGHDAD IS THE CITY OF SOME SEVEN MILLION PEOPLE. IN A CITY OF THAT SIZE, AN INJECTION OF 20,000 TROOPS IS TOO LITTLE TOO LATE. THE ADMINISTRATION TALKS OF VICTORY IN IRAQ. THE WORD IS MEANT TO STIR OUR PATRIOTIC FERVOR. BUT IN THIS MATTER IT HAS, UNFORTUNATELY, A SAD AND HALLOW RING. AS A RESULT OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S INHE WANT TUDE, WE ARE LEFT MAKING THE BEST OUT OF A BAD SITUATION. WE OWE IT TO OUR TROOPS, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THE IRAQIS TO ACT WISELY AND STRATEGICALLY. ADMINISTRATION TALKS TOUGH. WE MUST BE TOUGH, SMART AND FEARLESS. THAT MEANS A NEW DIRECTION IN IRAQ. OUR FIRST ORDER SHOULD BE TO ADDRESS THE MISSING SECOND LEG OF THE STOOL, REPLACE THE MILITARY SURGE WITH A DIPLOMATIC SURGE, CONVENE A HIGH LEVEL TEAM OF SPECIAL ENVOYS, SEND THEM TO THE REGION AND SEND THEM THERE UNTIL THE JOB IS DONE. THE THIRD LEG OF THE STOOL IS ECONOMIC. WE NEED A REAL ECONOMIC RECONSTRUCTION PROGRAM, BUT ONLY ON STRICT CONDITIONS THAT THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT STEP UP, TO QUELL THE VIOLENCE AND ENGAGE IN RECONCILIATION AND OIL REVENUE SHARING. IT IS PAST TIME TO REMOVE OUR TROOPS FROM THIS CIVIL WAR. WE DEPLOY THEM STRATEGICALLY IN THE REGION TO GIVE PAUSE TO OUR FOES AND SEND THE TROOPS WE NEED TO AFGHANISTAN WHERE THEY CAN SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT AND DEAL WITH THE RESURGENT TALIBAN. DEALING WITH IRAN IS OF COURSE CHALLENGING, BUT HARSH RHETORIC AND SABERRATTLING ARE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE IN THE COMPLEXED, DESTABILIZED MIDDLE EAST. THE TRUE TEST IS FACING REALITY AND HAVING THE GOOD JUDGMENT AND WISDOM TO ADAPT TO THE REALITY. BY PASSING THIS RESOLUTION, WE ARE SENDING THE ADMINISTRATION AN UNAMBIGUOUS MESSAGE, NO MORE BLANK CHECKS. WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH. IT IS TIME TO FACE A THE REALITY IN IRAQ AND DEVELOP A RESPONSIBLE AND COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY TO PROTECT AMERICAN SECURITY IN THE REGION. MUCH HAS BEEN ASKED OF THIS COUNTRY IN THE PAST, AND THE FUTURE WILL REQUIRE SACRIFICE, BUT IT DOES NOT REQUIRE SENDING 20,000 MORE AMERICAN TROOPS TO IRAQ. IT DOES NOT REQUIRE AN ESCALATION OF THIS WAR. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION, AND I OPPOSE THE ADMINISTRATION'S ESCALATION OF THE WAR IN IRAQ.

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    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STAND WITH MY OTHER…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN AND I THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STAND WITH MY OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FRESHMAN CLASS TO SUPPORT THIS IMPORTANT RESOLUTION. MY ELECTION AND THOSE OF MY FELLOW FRESHMAN COLLEAGUES WERE AN UNMISTAKABLE SIGNAL FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THEY BELIEVED THE PAT'S PATH IN IRAQ IS WRONG, AND THEY WANT NEW VOICES TO PRODUCE CHANGE. MR. SPEAKER, I'M ONE OF THOSE VOICES, AND TODAY I RISE TO SPEAK WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO OPPOSE THE ESCALATION. THERE NEEDS TO BE A NEW PATH IN IRAQ. A PATH THAT WILL FORCE THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT TO PLAN FOR ITS OWN DEFENSE, A PATH THAT WILL ENGAGE COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT THE REGION AND AROUND THE WORLD TO HELP STABILIZE AND PROTECT IRAQ. AND A PATH THAT WILL ALLOW THE UNITED STATES MILITARY TO REBUILD AND REFOCUS ON THE IMPORTANT MISSION OF DESTROYING AL QAEDA AND DEFENDING AMERICA FROM THE THREAT OF INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM. SADLY, THE ESCALATION PROPOSED BY THE PRESIDENT DOES NONE OF THESE THINGS. THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN CONTINUES DOWN THE SAME PATH WE'VE TRAVELED FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS. THESE YEARS HAVE TAUGHT US THAT THE U.S. MILITARY POWER ALONE IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO STABILIZE IRAQ, YET IT IS THE ONLY TOOL THIS PRESIDENT EMPLOYS. FROM THE OUTSET, THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN WRONG. . THE ADMINISTRATION WENT TO WAR WITHOUT A PLAN TO WIN THE PEACE. TWO WRONGS. THIS ADMINISTRATION CHOSE TO PROTECT IRAQI OIL FIELDS BEFORE SECURING THE AMMUNITION DUMPS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. THREE WRONGS. THIS ADMINISTRATION SENT OUR TROOPS INTO HARM'S WAY WITHOUT ENOUGH BODY ARMOR OR ARMORED VEHICLES. FOUR WRONGS. THIS ADMINISTRATION GAVE NO-BID CONTRACTS TO ITS FRIENDS AND POLITICAL ALLIES. THAT'S FIVE WRONGS. YEARS AGO NOW PRESIDENT BUSH STOOD ON THE DECK OF THE U.S.S. ABRAHAM LINCOLN BEFORE A BANNER DECLARING MISSION ACCOMPLISHED AND SAID, QUOTE, MAJOR COMBAT OPERATIONS IN IRAQ HAVE ENDED, UNQUOTE. THEAKS SIX WRONGS. NOW THIS ADMINISTRATION WANTS US TO BLINDLY PLACE OUR FAITH AND THE LIVES OF 20,000 MORE OF OUR TROOPS IN AN IRAQI GOVERNMENT THAT HAS FAILED TO MEET EVERY SECURITY OBLIGATION IT HAS PLEDGED. SADLY ONCE AGAIN THIS PRESIDENT IS WRONG AND NO AMOUNT OF WRONGS IS GOING TO MAKE THE PRESIDENT'S POLICY TOWARDS IRAQ RIGHT. IT IS TIME FOR A NEW KIND OF ESCALATION ON THE DIPLOMATIC FRONT. A STABLE IRAQ IS IN THE UNITED STATES' INTEREST AND IN THE INTEREST OF IRAQ'S NEIGHBORS. HOWEVER THE PRESIDENT HAS DONE NEXT TO NOTHING TO GAIN THE ASSISTANCE OF REGIONAL PARTNERS. INSIDE IRAQ THE GOVERNMENT MUST MEET ITS PROMISES TO REACH OUT BEYOND ITS BASE OF SUPPORT AND UNITE THE IRAQI PEOPLE. SENDING MORE TROOPS INTO IRAQ DOING NOTHING TO PUSH THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT TOWARDS GREATER SELF-RELINES. AT A TIME WHEN IT IS INCUMBENT ON THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT TO STEP UP AND DO MORE, WHY SHOULD WE GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO LESS? THIS RESOLUTION IS AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP THAT VOICES LOUD AND CLEAR THE MESSAGE AMERICA SENT LAST NOVEMBER, AND IT PUTS THE PRESIDENT ON NOTICE THAT THE CONGRESS WILL NO LONGER STAND BY AND ALLOW HIM TO RECKLESSLY ENDANGER AMERICAN LIVES AND SECURITY. IF THE PRESIDENT REFUSES TO CHANGE COURSE, THIS CONGRESS WILL BE FORCED TO ACT. WE WILL NO LONGER ALLOW HIM TO SEND UNDEREQUIPPED, AND UNDERPREPARED UNITS INTO COMBAT. WE WILL DEMAND APPROPRIATE ACCOUNTING STANDARDS AND NO LONGER ALLOW BILLIONS OF DOLLARS DISAPPEAR UNACCOUNTED INTO THE RABBIT HOLE OF IRAQ. WE MUST NOT LET OUR NATIONAL GUARD CONTINUE TO BE DECIMATED BY REPEATED AN EXTENDED ACTIVATION. I RECENTLY MET A YOUNG MAN FROM MY DISTRICT WHO HAS BEEN ACCEPTED AT WEST POINT AND WILL SERVE AS A FUTURE LEADER IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY. I WANT TO ENSURE WHEN HE GRADUATES FROM WEST POINT AND ACCEPTS HIS COMMISSION THE ARMY HE JOINS WILL NOT BE DECIMATED BY THE MISTAKES IN IRAQ. I ALSO WANT TO TALK ABOUT VETERANS OF THIS WAR AND THE UNIQUE CHALLENGES THEY WILL FACE. I'M PROUD TO BE AND HONORED TO BE ON THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. I'M PROUD ONE OF MY FIRST VOTES IN CONGRESS WAS TO PROVIDE AN INCREASE IN V.A. HEALTH CARE FUNDING. CURRENTLY THERE IS A BACKLOG OF NEARLY 600,000 PENDING VETERANS CLAIMS AT THE V.A. WE MUST REDUCE THIS NUMBER SO ALL VETERANS CAN BE BETTER SERVED. WE MUST PROVIDE FUNDING TO BETTER DIAGNOSE AND TREAT POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. I AM APPALLED DURING THIS TIME OF WAR THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD CUT FUNDING FOR RESEARCH ON PROSTHETIC TECHNOLOGY THAT IS WOULD LET OUR WOUNDED VETERANS LEAD MORE NORMAL LIVES. MY DISTRICT IS THE HOME OF WEST POINT MILITARY ACADEMY, AND AS SUCH AS A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON THE WAR. THE LEADERS THAT EMERGE FROM THE HALLS OF THAT INSTITUTION ARE AN INVALUABLE RESOURCE FOR OUR NATION. SADLY WE HAVE LOST OVER 50 WEST POINT GRADUATES IN IRAQ. AND OTHERS IN THE SERVICES FROM THROUGHOUT MY DISTRICT. MY BROTHER-IN-LAW'S A LIEUTENANT COLONEL WHO WORKS AT WEST POINT. MY NEPHEW IS A CADET. THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY EMBODY THE BEST OF AMERICA. IN THE WORDS OF THE SHERIFF OF PUTNAM COUNTY, A RETIRED BRIGADIER GENERAL, ONE SHOULD NEVER SEND OUR ARMED FORCES TO DO A JOB WHICH IS NOT MILITARILY ACHIEVABLE. I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION.

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    THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ALASKA, MR. YOUNG.

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    MR. YOUNG

    I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MR. YOUNG

    MY FELLOW COLLEAGUES I HAVE LISTENED THIS DEBATE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE…

    MY FELLOW COLLEAGUES I HAVE LISTENED THIS DEBATE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE FOR THE LAST TWO DAYS. THIRD DAY IN FACT. PROBABLY LISTEN TO IT TOMORROW. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO H.R. 63 . AND I'D LIKE TO MAKE A QUOTE, CONGRESSMEN WHO WILLFULLY TAKE ACTIONS DURING WARTIME THAT DAMAGE MORALE AND UNDERMINE THE MILITARY ARE SAAB TOURS AND SHOULD BE ARRESTED, EXILED, OR HANGED. ABRAHAM LINCOLN. WHO HAD THE SAME PROBLEM THIS PRESIDENT HAD WITH A VERY UNPOPULAR WAR. THE SAME PROBLEM WITH PEOPLE TRYING TO REDIRECT THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. THE SAME PROBLEM IF THEY HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL WE WOULD NOT HAVE HAD THE FREEDOM OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. WHAT I SAY TODAY IS FOR MY DAUGHTERS. MY GRANDKIDS, WYATT, GUY, JAMES DUFFY, KATIE, JESSE, DON, NICKI, DOUGY, AND DON, ERIC, AND ALL THE REST OF MY, IF I MISSED ANY I APOLOGIZE BECAUSE WHAT WE ARE ABOUT TO DO TOMORROW AND IN VOTING FOR THIS RESOLUTION IS BEGINNING A SLIPPERY SLOPE DOWN THE SLIDE OF NOT BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE THE FREEDOM AND THE POSITION IN THIS WORLD THIS COUNTRY HAS DONE FOR THE LAST 90 YEARS. BEGINNING IN 1916, 1917 WORLD WAR II I WHICH MY FATHER FOUGHT IN. AND WORLD WAR II WHERE FIVE OF MY COUSINS WERE SHOT NUMEROUS TIMES FOR FREEDOM OF THE PEOPLE AND FREEDOM OF THIS COUNTRY. AND YES, THE KOREAN WAR, THE TIME IN WHICH I WAS DRAFTED. FORTUNATELY OR UNFORTUNATELYDY NOT SERVE, BUT MY COLLEAGUES DID. EACH TIME WE WENT THERE TO MAKE FREEDOM, WE NEVER ONCE DID THE CONGRESS IN THAT ROLE UNDERMINE THE MILITARY OR THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. THEN WE CAME TO VIETNAM. AND WE BEGAN TO FIGHT A WAR BY THE MEDIA. A WAR WITHOUT ALLOWING THE TROOPS TO DO THE JOB AS THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE. AND IN FACT WE LOST THAT WAR. IMMEDIATELY AFTER WITHDRAWING, WE SAW WHAT HAPPENED. KHMER ROUGE KILLED TWO MILLION PEOPLE. TWO MILLION HEADS WERE LAYING AROUND CAMBODIA. THEN WE HAD GRA NGATA, SHORT AND SWEET -- GRENADA, HE SHORT AND SWEET. AND THE GULF WAR WAS 110 DAYS. AND NOW WE HAVE THE AFGHANISTAN WAR AND IRAQI WAR. I SUGGEST TO YOU THIS RESOLUTION WILL UNDERMINE AND CAUSE A MORAL DISRUPTION TO OUR TROOPS. NOWHERE CAN YOU BE IN THE FIELD AND UNDERSTAND THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES NOW IS NOT GOING TO SUPPORT THEM. THEY SAY THEY DO WHEN THEY SAY THEY ARE GOING TO CUT THEIR FUNDING IN THE FUHR. IT'S A SLIPPERY SLOPE DOWN THE SLIDE OF NOT BEING THE LEADERS OF THIS NATION FOR FREEDOM. AND THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT THIS COUNTRY WAS ABOUT. FREEDOM FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL IN THIS WORLD AND IN OUR COUNTRY. AND TO HAVE THIS OCCUR TOMORROW ON THE 16TH IS A DISSERVICE TO THE FUTURE GENERATIONS. THE GENERATIONS OF AMERICANS THAT WILL NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD BECAUSE OF THE ACTION OF THIS CONGRESS. I URGE A VERY, VERY STRONG NO ON H.R. 63.

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    MR. CARNEY

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STAND TODAY AS A PROUD VETERAN IN SUPPORT OF…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I STAND TODAY AS A PROUD VETERAN IN SUPPORT OF THIS BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION WHICH STATES THAT CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SUPPORT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM BUT DO NOT SUPPORT DEPLOYING OVER 21,000 ADDITIONAL TROOPS TO IRAQ. I FEAR THAT PRESIDENT BUSH'S PLAN TO INCREASE TROOP LEVELS IS A MISTAKE. SENDING MORE TROOPS WILL NOT REDUCE THE VIOLENCE. INDEED, IN THE PAST TWO YEARS WE HAVE HAD THREE SURGES TO IRAQ, ONLY TO SEE DRAMATIC INCREASES IN VIOLENCE. WHY WOULD WE THINK A FOURTH SURGE WILL BE DIFFERENT? MR. SPEAKER, 21,000 TROOPS IS FAR LESS THAN A HALF MEASURE OF WHAT IS TRULY NEEDED TO SECURE IRAQ. BUT THE UNFORTUNATE REALITY IS THAT WE NO LONGER HAVE THE TROOPS AVAILABLE TO DO THE JOB PROPERLY. THE ARMY STRATEGIC RESERVE IS USED UP. THEY TOLD US SO. WE ARE NOW LESS ABLE TO RESPOND IN OTHER TROUBLED SPOTS AROUND THE GLOBE BECAUSE OF THIS FAILED POLICY. WHY ARE WE NOT MATCHING OUR MILITARY SURGE WITH THE DIPLOMATIC SURGE? WHY ARE WE NOT ENGAGING EVERY NATION IN THE REGION TO END THIS CIVIL WAR? THE SUPERPOWER AT WAR USES ALL MEANS AT ITS DISPOSAL TO WIN. INCLUDING DIPLOMACY. DIPLOMACY IS THE ONLY WAY FOR US TO SUCCEED NOW. I URGE THE ADMINISTRATION TO LAUNCH A DIPLOMATIC OFFENSIVE IN THE REGION. OUR ENEMIES ARE ENCOURAGED AND EMBOLDENED BY THE SUCCESSES THEY HAVE ENJOYED ALREADY. WE DO NOT NEED TO SEND 21,000 TROOPS ADDITIONAL TO REINFORCE THIS. INSTEAD, WE SHOULD BE CHANGING OUR FOCUS. RATHER THAN SENDING MORE AMERICAN TROOPS INTO COMBAT, WE SHOULD BE TRAINING IRAQIS TO HANDLE THE JOBS FOR THEMSELVES. FOR EVERY IRAQI BATTALION WE TRAIN, WE NEED TO BRING AN AMERICAN BATTALION HOME. MY DISTRICT IN NORTHEASTERN AND CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA HAS MANY OF ITS BRAVEST MEN AND WOMEN IN HARM'S WAY. I AM VERY PROUD OF THEM. SO ARE THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES. IN OUR DISTRICT SADLY WE HAVE LOST 22 MEN IN THIS WAR. BRAVE TROOPS WHO PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR THEIR COUNTRY. I RISE TODAY TO HONOR THEM AND ALSO TO STANDARD UP FOR THE TROOPS CURRENTLY IN COMBAT. THE STORIES I HEAR FROM SOLDIERS WHO RETURN HOME LEAVE ME CONCERNED. THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT DONE ENOUGH TO PROTECT THEM. ONE OF MY OWN FORMER STUDENTS, A MEMBER OF A PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL GUARD UNIT, TOLD ME HOW HIS UNIT HAD TO SCROUGE -- SCROUNGE THROUGH IRAQI JUNKYARDS FOR SCRAP METAL TO WELD ON TO THEIR TRUCKS FOR PROTECTION. JUNKYARDS? SCRAP METAL? WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT GIVEN TROOPS THE PROTECTION THAT THEY NEED? WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE THAT OUR FINE MEN AND WOMEN WHOSE JOB IT IS TO PROTECT OUR ARE SCROUNGING THROUGH FOREIGN JUNKYARDS FOR THAT PROTECTION? THE TROOPS HAVE WON THE WAR BUT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED TO SECURE THE PEACE. WE MUST NOW PURSUE POLICIES WORTHY OF OUR TROOPS AND THEIR SACRIFICES. MR. SPEAKER, I CAME TO CONGRESS TO SERVE AND PROTECT MY COUNTRY. THAT IS WHY I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. IN THE NAVY WHEN WE RUN A SHIP AGROUND, WE CHANGE THE COURSE. IT IS NOW TIME TO CHANGE THE COURSE IN IRAQ. NOT NEEDLESSLY SEND MORE AMERICAN TROOPS IN HARM'S WAY. THANK YOU. I YIELD MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW MY PLEASURE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. KLEIN.

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    MR. KLINE

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I -- MR. KLEIN REASON THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I I'M HERE…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I -- MR. KLEIN REASON THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I I'M HERE TO SPECIFICALLY HONOR THE BROWARD COUNTY COUNCIL WHO ADOPTED THE RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE WAR IN IRAQ. THE BROWARD COUNTY VETERANS' COUNCIL REPRESENTS A HOST OF VETERANS GROUPS INCLUDING THE BROWARD CHAPTERS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION, DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS, FLEET RESERVE, GOLD STAR MOTHERS, ITALIAN AMERICAN VETERANS, JEWISH WAR VETERANS, MARINE CORPS LEAGUE, NAVY LEAGUE COUNCIL, THE ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART, THE PARALYZED VETERANS ASSOCIATION, RESERVED OFFICERS ASSOCIATION, RETIRED OFFICERS ASSOCIATION, VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS, VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA. THEY ADOPTED THIS RESOLUTION UNANIMOUSLY ON JANUARY 16, 2007. AND THE SPIRIT OF THIS RESOLUTION IS AS FOLLOWS. WHEREAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS PUT FORTH A PLAN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND TO CONGRESS, WHICH CALLS FOR AN ESCALATION OF 20,000 OR MORE OF OUR TROOPS GOING TO IRAQ TO COMBAT THE INSURRECTION OF BAGHDAD AND THE ANBAR PROVINCE AND WHEREAS THE MAJORITY OF CONGRESS HAVE PUT FORTH PLANS THAT DO NOT HAVE AN ESCALATION IN TROOPS, AND WHEREBY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAY THEY WANT A NEW DIRECTION IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, AND WHEREAS THE ADMINISTRATION'S ATTEMPT TO SEND ADDITIONAL TROOPS TO IRAQ HAVE UNFORTUNATELY FAILED TO STOP THE BLOODSHED BETWEEN THE SUNNIS AND THE SHIAH, THEREIN THE BROWARD COUNTY VETERANS' COUNCIL BELIEVES THE BEST PLAN IS TO SEND THE TROOPS HOME IN A PHASED REDEPLOYMENT SO THAT WE MAY GET THEM OUT OF HARM'S WAY. VETERANS GROUPS, ALONG WITH FAMILIES IN MY DISTRICT, ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE DIRECTION THIS WAR HAS TAKEN AND ARE DEMANDING A CHANGE IN STRATEGY. TO PRESIDENT BUSH, THEIR MESSAGE IS LOUD AND CLEAR. THIS WAR HAS BEEN MISMANAGED, THIS STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS HAVE FAILED, OUR NATIONAL AND PERSONAL SECURITY INTEREST, MOST IMPORTANTLY, ARE NOT BEING ENHANCED AND IN FACT MAY BE UNDERMINED. AND THEREFORE THEY OVERWHELMINGLY DO NOT SUPPORT PRESIDENT BUSH'S PLAN TO SEND MORE TROOPS TO IRAQ. TRAVELING IN MY DISTRICT, PEOPLE IN SOUTH FLORIDA ARE DEMANDING THAT CONGRESS ASK THE TOUGH QUESTIONS CONCERNING OUR POLICY IN IRAQ. WELL, WE HAVE ASKED THESE TOUGH QUESTIONS, AND I, ALONG WITH MANY OF MY FELLOW MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE, BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, HAVE COME TO THE SAME CONCLUSION. THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO INCREASE TROOPS IS WRONG. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BASED THIS PLAN IN PART IN THE READINESS OF THE IRAQI SECURITY FORCES TO STAND UP AND TAKE CONTROL. I HAVE HEARD NOTHING FROM OUR MILITARY EXPERTS THAT WOULD INDICATE THAT THE IRAQI TROOPS ARE ANYWHERE NEAR PREPARED TO BRING ORDER TO THIS TROUBLED COUNTRY. GENERAL COLIN POWELL RECENTLY TOLD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, AND I QUOTE, I AM NOT PERSUADED THAT ANOTHER SURGE OF TROOPS IN BAGHDAD FOR PURPOSE OF SUPPRESSING THIS VIOLENCE, THIS CIVIL WAR, WILL WORK. AND FOUR STAR GENERAL BARRY MCCAFFREY CALLED THE PRESIDENT'S SURGE PLAN LAST MONTH, A FOOL'S ERRAND, CLOSED QUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, I ASK YOU, AS A CIVIL WAR IN IRAQ SPIRALS OUT OF CONTROL, AS IRAQI SECURITY FORCES CONTINUE TO BE ILL-PREPARED, AND AS WE CONTINUE TO ALIENATE OUR ALLIES AROUND THE WORLD, WHAT WARRANTS THIS ADMINISTRATION TO CONTINUE ON THE SAME PATH IN IRAQ AND ADD MORE TROOPS? SO FAR, NOTHING. WE HAVE NO BUSINESS SENDING OVER 21,000 ADDITIONAL TROOPS IN THE MIDDLE OF A GROWING CIVIL WAR. WE HAVE NO BUSINESS SENDING OVER 21,000 ADDITIONAL TROOPS WHEN AS IF IS OUR MILITARY IS ALREADY STRETCHED TOO THIN. AND BECAUSE OUR MILITARY IS ALREADY DANGEROUSLY PUSHED TO THE LIMIT, WE HAVE PUT OURSELVES IN A PRECARIOUS POSITION OF DEALING WITH REAL THREATS, LIKE IRAN, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME PROTECTING OUR ALLIES, LIKE ISRAEL AND SOME OF OUR OTHER MIDDLE EASTERN FRIENDS. FOR THESE REASONS, I'M ADVOCATING A PLAN DEVISED BY OUR MILITARY EXPERTS THAT SUPPORTS A PHASED WITHDRAWAL OF OUR TROOPS. BUT WHILE OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN ARE SERVING, WE NEED TO PROVIDE THEM NOTHING LESS THAN TO ASK THE TOUGH QUESTIONS AND GETTING OUR POLICY RIGHT. IN HONOR OF THE BROWARD COUNTY VETERANS' COUNCIL AND THE VETERANS LIVING IN PALM BEACH COUNTY, IN RECOGNITION TO THEIR HEROISM TO THIS COUNTRY, I'D LIKE TO SUBMIT THIS STATEMENT TO THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD. I YIELD MY TIME, MR. SPEAKER.

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    MR. SAXTON

    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, MR. CRENSHAW.

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    MR. CRENSHAW

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR THE TIME. I RISE TODAY IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION WHICH SAYS CONGRESS DISAPPROVES OF A WAR PLAN. THERE ARE A LOT OF REASONS TO DISAPPROVE OF THIS RESOLUTION. ONE OF WHICH IS, I BELIEVE, WAR SHOULD NOT BE WAGED FROM THE FLOOR OF THIS HOUSE. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE ONE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE MILITARY LEADERS ON THE GROUND. THEY ARE IN CHARGE OF CONDUCTING THE WAR. AND THEY'VE SAID WE'VE MADE MISTAKES AND WE NEED A NEW DIRECTION, WE NEED A NEW PLAN AND THEY'VE PROPOSED THAT PLAN. IT'S BROAD, IT'S COMPREHENSIVE. IT INVOLVES POLITICAL CONSIDERATIONS. IT INVOLVES ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS, DIPLOMATIC CONSIDERATIONS. AND, YES, IT ENTAILS ADDITIONAL TROOPS TO GO TO IRAQ. YES, ADDITIONAL TROOPS. BUT IT'S A PLAN, AND YOU CAN BE SKEPTICAL AND YOU CAN SAY, IT MAY BE TOO LITTLE, IT MAY BE TOO LATE. IT'S A GOOD PLAN BUT IT'S GOING TO -- IT'S A GOOD PLAN AND IT'S GOING TO GIVE US HOPE AND THE IRAQI PEOPLE HOPE. WE OUGHT TO BE HERE TODAY TRYING TO MAKE THAT PLAN BETTER, NOT DEBATING A RESOLUTION THAT'S NONBINDING, THAT'S SYMBOLIC, THAT MEANS NOTHING, THAT SAYS NOTHING, THAT DOES NOTHING. IN FACT, IT HAS NO USEFUL PURPOSE WHATSOEVER UNLESS MAYBE IT'S TO UNDERMINE THE PRESIDENT OR PERHAPS TO DEMORALIZE OUR TROOPS BY SAYING TO THEM, WE HAVE A NEW MISSION FOR YOU TO UNDERTAKE. GO TO IRAQ AND TRY TO EXECUTE THIS MISSION. BUT BY THE WAY, THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS DOESN'T BELIEVE IN THE MISSION. AND WE THINK IT'S DOOMED FOR FAILURE. YOU CAN'T TELL ME THAT WON'T HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON OUR AMERICAN SOLDIERS. NOW I KNOW THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THIS CHAMBER WHO THINK THIS PLAN IS DOOMED FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. YOU DON'T THINK IT WILL WORK. AND IF THAT'S YOUR BELIEF, YOU OUGHT TO DO MORE THAN INTRODEUCE A SYMBOLIC RESOLUTION AND -- INTRODUCE A SYMBOLIC RESOLUTION AND THEN HYMN AND HAW AND MAKE SPEECHES AND LEAP IN FRONT OF THE TELEVISION CAMERAS. YOU OUGHT TO DO SOMETHING THAT OUGHT TO MEAN SOMETHING. YOU OUGHT TO PROPOSE A RESOLUTION THAT SAYS, WE BELIEVE IT'S DOOMED FROM THE VERY BEGINNING AND WE ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE POSSIBLY CAN TO STOP THIS PLAN. THAT'S WHAT YOU SHOULD DO. AND IF YOU DON'T THINK THE PLAN'S GOING TO WORK, IF YOU THINK IT'S DOOMED TO FAILURE, AND YOU DON'T HAVE A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE STRATEGY AND YOU DON'T WANT TO FIND A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE STRATEGY FOR WINNING, THEN YOU OUGHT TO GO EVEN FURTHER AND YOU OUGHT TO STAND UP AND SAY, WE ADMIT DEFEAT. IT DIDN'T WORK. WE ARE NOT GOING TO FUND ALTOGETHER ANYMORE. WE ARE GOING TO WITHDRAW. I TELL YOU ONE THING, THE PLAN IS THERE. IT MAY NOT BE PERFECT. AND QUITE FRANKLY, IT MAY NOT WORK. I HAVE RESERVATIONS MYSELF. BUT IT'S THERE AND EVERY AMERICAN, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE, OUGHT TO HOPE THIS PLAN SUCK SEEDS BECAUSE IT MAY VERY WELL BE -- SUCCEEDS BECAUSE IT MAY VERY WELL BE OUR LAST CHANCE TO PREVENT A CATASTROPHIC FAILURE IN IRAQ. AND IF THAT HAPPENS, THE DISASTERS WON'T JUST BE FELT IN IRAQ, WON'T JUST BE FELT BY THE PEOPLE OF THE MIDDLE EAST, BUT QUITE POSSIBLY BE FELT BY ALL AMERICANS ALIKE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    FIVE MINUTES TO A VALUED MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES COMMITTEE, THE GENTLELADY FROM KANSAS, MRS. BOYDA.

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    MR. SAXTON

    ONE OF THE PREVIOUS SPEAKERS TALKED ABOUT VICIOUS WHO SUPPORTS THIS…

    ONE OF THE PREVIOUS SPEAKERS TALKED ABOUT VICIOUS WHO SUPPORTS THIS RESOLUTION. AS A MATTER OF FACT, YESTERDAY, I WAS ABLE TO ANNOUNCE THAT YESTERDAY THE NATIONAL COMMANDER OF THE V.F.W. SAID THAT HE OPPOSED THIS RESOLUTION. OR HAD GRAVE CONCERNS ABOUT IT. AND I'M JUST BEEN NOTIFIED THAT THE NATIONAL COMMANDER OF THE AMERICAN LEGION, PAUL A. MORAN, ANNOUNCED STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE PRESIDENT'S NEW INITIATIVES, WHICH INCLUDES DEPLOYING 21,500 ADDITIONAL TROOPS. IN SO DOING HE SAID THESE WORDS, WE WILL NOT SEPARATE THE WAR FROM THE WARRIOR, DEBATING THE NEW STRATEGY IS AN AMERICAN WAY, BUT LET THIS BE A WARNING THAT PRECIPITOUS ACTION BY THE CONGRESS COULD LOWER TROOP MORALE AND HINDER THE MISSION. AT THIS TIME I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN, MR. KNOLLENBERG.

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    MR. KNOLLENBERG

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO MAKE A…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I WANT TO MAKE A STATEMENT THAT MISTAKES HAVE BEEN MADE IN IRAQ. . C1 THE STATUS QUO IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. WE NEED TO CHART A NEW COURSE. BUT WE NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT SOME POSITIVE THINGS HAVE HAPPENED IN IRAQ THANKS TO THE COURAGE AND DEDICATION OF OUR TROOPS. THESE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OFTEN GET LOST AND ALL THE POLITICS THAT SURROUND THIS DEBATE. TOPPLING ONE OF THE MOST BRUTAL DICTATORS IN HISTORY WAS A GOOD THING. SADDAM HUSSEIN'S REGIME WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SCIENCELESS MURDER OF IRAQI CITIZENS. MOST IRAQIS LIVED IN FEAR OF THE DAY THAT SADDAM WOULD COME FOR THEIR MOTHER, FATHER, SISTER OR BROTHER. SADDAM WAS A DIRECT THREAT TO OUR FRIEND AND ALLY, ISRAEL. HE WAS A MENACE. AND IT'S GOOD THAT HE'S GONE. TURNING IRAQ'S SOVREIGNTY OVER TO THE IRAQIS AND PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO THE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT IS A BIG DEAL. FOSTERING DEMOCRACY IN THE HEART OF THE MIDDLE EAST WAS IMPORTANT AND WAS ALSO A VERY HISTORIC MOMENT. AS WE DEBATE THE CURRENT STRATEGY IN IRAQ, LET US NOT FORGET THAT OUR SOLDIERS HAVE PROVIDED A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY TO THE IRAQI PEOPLE. THEY HAVE PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO GRAB THE BENEFITS OF GREEM. NOW IT'S UP TO THE IRAQIS TO SEIZE IT. BEFORE US TODAY, WE HAVE A NONBINDING RESOLUTION THAT DOES NOT EVEN MENTION, DOESN'T EVEN MENTION THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS I JUST SPOKE OF. WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT THE WAR HAS TAKEN A WRONG TURN, BUT INSTEAD OF DEBATING NONBINDING RESOLUTIONS THAT HAVE NO BEERINGS ON WHETHER ADDITIONAL TROOPS GO INTO IRAQ, WE SHOULD WORK TOGETHER TO FIND A SOLUTION THAT RESULTS IN OUR SOLDIERS COMING HOME IN VICTORY, NOT DEFEAT. MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE OFFERED MY CONDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN FOR ADDITIONAL TROOPS IN IRAQ. MY SUPPORT IS NOT CONDITIONAL. I WANT TO SEE THE BENCHMARKS AND PROGRESS MET IN THE NEXT 1120 DAYS. IT IS TIME FOR THE IRAQIS TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY. IF THE IRAQIS DO NOT STEP UP TO THIS CHALLENGE IN THE COMING MONTHS, THEN IT WILL BE TIME TO REEVALUATE. THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US DOESN'T EVEN SPEAK TO THESE ISSUES. IT DOES NOTHING IN THE WAY OF BRINGING OUR TROOPS HOME QUICKLY AND IN VICTORY. IT'S JUST PURE POLITICS. I ENCOURAGE MY COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE TO WORK TOGETHER WITH THE PRESIDENT TO ENSURE A QUICK RETURN OF OUR TROOPS. WE ALL KNOW THAT CONGRESS IS NOT GOING TO CUT FUNDING FOR PRESIDENT BUSH'S NEW IRAQ PLAN. IF WE KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE, WHY ARE WE WASTING OUR TIME ON NONBINDING RESOLUTIONS THAT LEAD US NO WHERE? LET'S PUT OUR TROOPS FIRST AND END THE POLITICAL GEHMANSHIP AND WORK TOGETHER TO FIND A SOLUTION IN IRAQ. THAT'S WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT AND THAT'S WHAT OUR SOLDIERS AND FAMILIES DESERVE. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    MR. REYES

    TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM HAWAII.

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    MS. HIRONO

    TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. THE IRAQ WAR HAS LASTED LONGER…

    TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. THE IRAQ WAR HAS LASTED LONGER THAN U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN WORLD WAR II AND HAS COST THE NATION HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. WE HAVE LOST OVER 3,000 OF OUR FINEST MEN AND WOMEN, THOUSANDS MOORE HAVE BEEN MAIMED AND TOO MANY LIVES HAVE BEEN SHATTERED. AS FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHAIR TOM LANTOS SAID, THIS RESOLUTION WOULD ESTABLISH THE FIRST MARKER, THE FIRST STEP TOWARD ENDING THIS NIGHTMARE. THE WAR IN IRAQ IS THE MORAL ISSUE OF THE DAY. AND LIKE ALL GREAT MORAL ISSUES, THERE ARE DISAGREEMENTS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. BUT EVERY SECOND, MINUTE AND HOUR THAT PASSES, LIVES ARE BEING LOST IN IRAQ AND DEVASTATION CONTINUES WITH NO END IN SIGHT. WE OWE IT TO ALL THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE ALREADY SACRIFICED SO MUCH. OVER 3,000 OF THEM WHO HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE TO STEER OUR COUNTRY ON A COURSE THAT WILL BRING OUR TROOPS HOME SAFELY, TAKE CARE OF THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES WHEN THEY RETURN AND END THIS WAR. DESPITE FOUR YEARS AND DEADLY LOSSES, ACCORDING TO FOREIGN POLICY'S MAGAZINE, 100 TOP NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTS, 86% SAY THE WORLD IS MORE DANGEROUS AND MOST TROUBLING, 87% BELIEVE THAT THE WAR IN IRAQ HAS HAD A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE WAR ON TERROR. OTHER SURVEYS HAVE REACHED SIMILAR CONCLUSIONS. YET, THE PRESIDENT NOW WANTS ANOTHER 235 BILLION FOR IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN TO ADD TO THE $427 BILLION FOR THE WAR ALREADY APPROVED. IN THIS DEBATE, WE SHOULD LISTEN IN PARTICULAR OF THE WORDS OF AMERICANS THAT SERVED IN THE WAR. I'M HONORED TO SERVE IN THIS CONGRESS WITH NEW MEMBERS, AND PATRICK MURPHY ALSO OF PENNSYLVANIA, ALL VETERANS OF THE IRAQ WAR. THEIR ELOQUENT AND STRONG VOICES AND FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE ADD IMMEASURABLY TO THIS DEBATE. THERE ARE PEOPLE LIKE CAPTAIN LISA BLACKMAN A CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST TO CARE FOR SOLDIERS IN QATAR. AS WE BECOME AWARE OF THE THOUSANDS OF SOLDIERS THAT EMERGE FROM FIRE FIGHTS OR ATTACKS PHYSICALLY UNSCATHED BUT WITH EMOTIONAL DAMAGE, CAPTAIN BLACKMAN'S EXPERIENCE IN ATTENDING TO THESE SOLDIERS PROVIDE TROUBLING INSIGHTS INTO THIS DEVASTATING WAR. AND IN AN ARTICLE, DR. BLACKMAN WROTE OF HOW HER PATIENTS RESPONDED TO QUESTIONS SHE ASKED THEM ABOUT THEIR SYMPTOMS. SHE DIDN'T GET THE EXPECTED REACTIONS. THEY WERE UNEXPRESSIVE. BUT WHEN SHE ASKED THEM, HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN COMBAT, THEY BECAME UNGLUED AND BURST INTO TEARS. AS SHE DESCRIBED IT, WHEN I SAY BURST, I MEAN SPLATTER, TEARS, UNABLE TO SPEAK. FLAT OUT GRIEF. NO ONE FEELS LIKE THEY'RE DOING ENOUGH. IF YOU'RE IN A SAFE LOCATION, YOU FEEL GUILTY THAT YOUR FRIENDS ARE GETTING SHOT AT AND YOU'RE NOT. IF YOU ARE GETTING SHOT AT, YOU FEEL GUILTY IF YOUR BUDDY GETS HIT. IF YOU GET SHOT AND DON'T DIE, YOU FEEL MORE GUILTY THAT YOU LIVED AND MORE GUILTY THAT YOU GET TO GO HOME AND YOUR FRIENDS STAYED BEHIND. I DIDN'T SEE ONE PERSON HERE WHO DIDN'T CHECK OFF INCREASED GUILT ON THE CHECKOFF FORM. EVERY SOLDIER HAS LIKELY SUFFERED HIDDEN PSYCHOLOGICAL HARM. THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN DEPRIVED OF THE CRITICAL FUNDS NECESSARY FOR THE REHABILITATION OF THESE BRAVE TROOPS. THE PRESIDENT, WHO CONTINUES TO SEND MORE AND MORE TROOPS INTO THE WAR ON ONE HAND, HAS SOUGHT TO REDUCE SPENDING FOR MEDICAL SERVICES FOR THESE TROOPS. HIS BUDGET REDUCES SPENDING FOR V.A. OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS. OUR TROOPS ARE NOT THE ONLY ONES SUFFERING FROM THE POLICIES OF THIS ADMINISTRATION. ALL AMERICANS, WHO NOW OPPOSE THE WAR 2-1 ARE IMPACTED BY THE MASSIVE CUTS IN OR COMPLETE ELIMINATION OF IMPORTANT SOCIAL, HEALTH, EDUCATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS. THE COST OF THIS WAR KEEPS GOING UP, ADDING TO OUR NATIONAL DEBT. THE INTEREST ON OUR DEBT ALONE IS MORE THAN WE DEVOTE TO THE EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN, CARE OF OUR VETERANS AND FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE COMBINED. THIS BODY MUST GO ON RECORD AND UNITEED SOLID OPPOSITION TO ESCALATION OF THE WAR AND IN COMPLETE SUPPORT OF OUR SOLDIERS AND VETERANS. WE MUST BE RESOLUTE IN OUR EFFORTS TO BRING AN END TO THIS QUAGMIRE. AS SPEAKER PELOSI SAID, QUOTE, FRIDAY'S VOTE WILL SIGNAL WHETHER THE HOUSE HAS HEARD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. NO MORE BLANK CHECKS FOR PRESIDENT BUSH ON IRAQ. I YIELD BACK MY TIME. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW

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    MR. SAXTON

    I WOULD LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO, MR. REGULA.

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  • 05:09:56 PM

    MR. REGULA

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. UNANIMOUS CONSENT CONSENT TO REVISE…

    I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. UNANIMOUS CONSENT CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND. MR. SPEAKER, I'M FRUSTRATED AND DISSATISFIED WITH THE SITUATION IN IRAQ. I DID NOT TAKE MY VOTE LIGHTLY WHEN CONGRESS AUTHORIZED THE PRESIDENT TO USE FORCE. AND EVERY DAY, I THINK ABOUT THE PATRIOTISM AND SACRIFICE OF OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE SERVING IN HARM'S WAY. MISTAKES AND THE COMPLEXITY OF KEENTS HAVE LED US TO THE PLAY WHERE WE ARE TODAY. SECTARIAN VIOLENCE HAS INCREASED AND IRAQ IS MIRED IN A CIVIL WAR MAKING IT DIFFICULT FOR THE NEW GOVERNMENT TO TAKE HOLD. WHILE OUR ROLE IN THIS CONFLICT HAS BECOME A DIVISIVE ISSUE, THERE IS NO DENYING THE SIGNIFICANT CONSEQUENCES IRAQ'S FUTURE WILL HAVE FOR NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY AND STABILITY. SO I MUST ASK, HOW DO WE MOVE FORWARD IN OUR -- IN A WAY THAT GARNERS THE COMMITMENT AND TREMENDOUS SACRIFICES OUR NATION AND ITS TROOPS HAVE MADE? WE CAN DO SO NEITHER BY CUTTING OFF FUNDING FOR THE TROOPS NOR BY PROVIDING THE PRESIDENT WITH A BLANK CHECK. INSTEAD OF POLITICAL POSTURING, WE MUST INSIST ON A SURGE IN DIPLOMACY. I BELIEVE WE NEED TO FOLLOW CLOSELY THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE BIPARTISAN IRAQ STUDY GROUP TO BRING ABOUT THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME. THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP REPORT STATES, AND I QUOTE, THE UNITED STATES SHOULD IMMEDIATELY LAUNCH A NEW DIPLOMATIC OFFENSIVE TO BUILD AN INTERNATIONAL CONSENSUS FOR STABILITY IN IRAQ AND THE REGION. THIS DIPLOMATIC EFFORT SHOULD INCLUDE EVERY COUNTRY THAT HAS AN INTEREST IN AVOIDING A CHAOTIC IRAQ, INCLUDING ALL OF IRAQ'S NEIGHBORS. GIVEN THE ABILITY OF IRAN AND SYRIA TO INFLUENCE EVENTS WITHIN IRAQ, THE UNITED STATES SHOULD TRY TO ENGAGE THEM CONSTRUCTIVELY. BY DOING SO, IT WOULD HELP MARGINALIZE EXTREMISTS AND TERRORISTS, PROMOTE U.S. VALUES AND INTERESTS AND IMPROVE AMERICA'S GLOBAL IMAGE. STATES INCLUDED WITHIN THE DIPLOMATIC OFFENSIVE CAN PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN REINFORCING NATIONAL RECONCILIATION EFFORTS BETWEEN IRAQI SUNNIS AND SHIA. SUCH REINFORCEMENT WOULD CONTRIBUTE SUBSTANTIALLY TO LEGITIMIZING OF THE POLITICAL PROCESS IN IRAQ. IRAQ'S LEADERS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO COME TOGETHER UNLESS THEY RECEIVE THE NECESSARY SIGNALS AND SUPPORT FROM ABROAD. THIS BACKING WILL NOT MATERIALIZE OF ITS OWN ACCORD AND IT MUST BE ENCOURAGED URGENTLY BY THE UNITED STATES. WE SHOULD MAKE IT CLEAR TO THE IRAQI LEADERSHIP THAT THE ADDITIONAL TROOPS ARE SOLE FOR THE PURPOSE OF ACHIEVING STABILITY AND THAT THIS DEPLOYMENT IS A PRECURSOR TO OUR LEAVING THE FUTURE OF THIS NATION TO THE IRAQI PEOPLE. AND I WOULD EMPHASIZE, THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PROCESS. TROOP INCREASES ALONE WILL NOT SOLVE THE FUNDAMENTAL CAUSE OF VIOLENCE IN IRAQ IF ITS GOVERNMENT IS NOT COMMITTED TO A NATIONAL RECONCILIATION PROCESS. HOWEVER, AS WE LEAD A SURGE IN DIPLOMACY AND THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT ACCELERATES ITS EFFORTS AT RECONCILIATION, THE IRAQI STUDY GROUP REPORT MAKES CLEAR, AND I QUOTE, THE UNITED STATES SHOULD SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE NUMBER OF U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL, INCLUDING COMBAT TROOPS EMBEDDED IN AND SUPPORTING IRAQI ARMY UNITS. AND THESE ACTIONS -- AS THESE ACTIONS PROCEED, WE COULD BEGIN TO MOVE COMBAT FORCES OUT OF IRAQ, UNQUOTE. DEN YIG ADDITIONAL TROOPS AS REQUESTED BY OUR MILITARY LEADERSHIP COULD PUT OUR TROOPS THAT ARE THERE AT GREATER RISK AND DELAY THEIR RETURN TO THEIR LOVED ONES. I HEAR FROM MY CONSTITUENTS WHO WANT OUR TROOPS HOME IMMEDIATELY. AND FROM THOSE WHO WANT US TO REMAIN THERE SO WE DON'T HAVE TO FIGHT THE TERRORISTS ON OUR OWN SOIL. WHAT I DO KNOW IS THAT THE CHALLENGES IN IRAQ ARE COMPLEX AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL WOULD BE DEVASTATING. THE IRAQI STUDY GROUP FURTHER REPORTS -- GOES ON TO SAY, QUOTE, THE GLOBAL STANDING OF THE UNITED STATES COULD BE DIMINISHED, QUOTE. OUR NATION HAS SACRIFICED FAR TOO MUCH TO ALLOW OUR CREDIBILITY AND VALUES TO BE WEAKENED. I CANNOT IN GOOD FAITH SUPPORT THIS NONBINDING RESOLUTION. WE ALL SUPPORT THE TROOPS. AND WE ALL WANT TO BRING THE TROOPS HOME AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. LET US INSTEAD URGE THE PRESIDENT TO INCREASE DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS AND TO FOLLOW THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE BIPARTISAN IRAQ STUDY GROUP TO WORK ON MANY FRONTS TO SOLVE THE CHALLENGES IN IRAQ.

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    MR. REYES

    AS AN ARMY VETERAN MYSELF, I KNOW THAT THE BACKBONE OF THE ARMY ARE ITS…

    AS AN ARMY VETERAN MYSELF, I KNOW THAT THE BACKBONE OF THE ARMY ARE ITS NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS. IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD TIME TO A NONOFFICER WHO RETIRED AFTER TWO DECADES OF SERVICE IN THE ARMY TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. WALSH FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. WALZ

    IN WORKPLACES, IN HOUSES OF WORSHIP. NO GREART RESPONSIBILITY RESTS WITH…

    IN WORKPLACES, IN HOUSES OF WORSHIP. NO GREART RESPONSIBILITY RESTS WITH US, THE PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVES, THAN THE DECISION TO SEND OUR BRAVE AND WOMEN INTO COMBAT. IT'S NOT THE END OF OUR RESPONSIBILITY. IT'S THE BEGINNING. THIS BODY HAS A SAY CREDIT RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS AND THOSE WHO WE SEND INTO COMBAT IN OUR NAME. ADJUSTMENTS TO COURSES OF ACTION ARE OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY AND THIS NEWLY ELECTED CONGRESS INTENDS TO DO JUST THAT. SOME SAY THIS RESOLUTION SENDS A MESSAGE TO OUR ENEMY. I AGREE. THE MESSAGE IS THAT WE ARE ALIVE AND WELL. THIS NATION WILL NOT LIVE IN FEAR OF ITS OWN SHADOW AND BLINDLY GIVE AWAY THOSE PRECIOUS LIBERTIES THAT MAKES THIS THE GREATEST NATION WE HAVE EVER KNOWN. THIS NATION IS ABLE AND WILLING TO ADJUST OUR TACTICS TO FOCUS ON THE TRUE THREATS FROM OUR SECURITY, WHICH COMES FROM THE TALIBAN AND AL QAEDA IN AFGHANISTAN AND BY SECURING OUR PORTS AND BORDERS. THE MESSAGE THAT THEY'RE HEARING IS THAT THIS NATION IS NO LONGER WILLING TO WAGE A WAR BASED ON POLITICAL IDEOLOGY. WE WILL WAGE IT ON FACTS AND REALITY. MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SPOKEN OF THE NEED TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. YOU'LL GET NO DEBATE ME NOR ANY AMERICAN. FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES, I SERVED WITH SOLDIERS, AIRMEN, MARINES AND NOT ONCE DID I EVER SEE THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN AS ANYTHING OTHER THAN PATRIOTS. I NEVER SAW THEM AS A DEMOCRAT, A REPUBLICAN, AN INDEPENDENT OR A LIBERTARIAN. NOR DID THEY SEE ME AS ANYTHING BUT A FELLOW SOLDIER. THE ISSUE THAT WE'RE DEBATING THIS WEEK IS THE EXECUTION OF THIS WAR AND THE FAILURE OF THIS ADMINISTRATION TO PROVIDE A REALISTIC PLAN FOR SUCCESS. FROM THE START OF THE WAR UP TO THIS RECENT PLAN TO SEND MORE AMERICANS INTO BAGHDAD, THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS MISCALCULATED, POORLY PLANNED, SHIFTED BLAME AND FAILED TO COUPLE OUR MILITARY POLICIES WITH DIPLOMATIC, ECONOMIC AND LONG-RANGE STRATEGIC PLANNING THAT WE'RE GIVING OUR SOLDIERS A CHANCE TO SUCCEED. HAD THE PREVIOUS CONGRESS DONE OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY, THERE'S A STRONG LIKELIHOOD WE WOULD BE IN BETTER SHAPE TODAY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND OTHERS SHOW AN OVERWHELMING DESIRE TO CHANGE COURSE AND OPPOSE THIS ESCALATION. THE THIS ADMINISTRATION IGNORES ALL EVIDENCE AND STUMBLES ON. THIS RESOLUTION MARKS THE NEW BEGINNING OF THIS CONGRESS' ACCEPTANCE OF OUR DUTY, TO PROVIDE THE OVERSIGHT AND BRING ABOUT POLICY CHANGES BASED IN REALITY AND FACTS AND LONG-RANGE SECURITY NEEDS OF THIS NATION. I'VE TAKEN TWO OATES IN MY LIFE. ONE WHEN I WAGS -- TWO OATHS IN MY LIFE. ONE WAS WHEN I WAS 17 WHEN I SWORE MY ALLEGIANCE TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AND THEN THE OTHER WAS LAST MONTH. I SWORE NO ALLEGIANCE TO NO MAN. I SWORE ONLY TO UPHOLD THE LAWS OF THIS GREAT LAND AND PROTECT WITH MY LIFE, IF NECESSARY, THE LIBERTIES AND FREEDOMS WE SO DEARLY CHERISH. THIS DEBATE TODAY IS EXACTLY ABOUT THAT OATH. PREVIOUS CONGRESS GAVE THIS PRESIDENT TO CONDUCT THIS WAR IN IRAQ, AND THAT'S RIGHT, BUT NOT TO IGNORE THE EXPERT ADVICE, NOT TO TAKE CIVIL LIBERTIES FROM AMERICAN CITIZENS AND NOT THE AUTHORITY TO DISREGARD OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT IN THIS BODY AS A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT. I, LIKE ALL AMERICANS, WISH NOTHING MORE THAN THIS PRESIDENT HAD MADE GOOD DECISIONS AND THAT THE SITUATION IN IRAQ WAS BETTER. UNFORTUNATELY, WISHFUL THINKING DOES NOT MAKE GOOD FOREIGN POLICY. BUT, FORTUNATELY, THE GENIUSES OF THE FOUNDERS OF THIS NATION ARE ON DISPLAY RIGHT NOW. THIS CONGRESS, BY TAKING THIS FIRST STEP OF OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY AND PASSING THIS RESOLUTION WILL BEGIN TO RIGHT THE SHIP OF STATE AND TAKE THIS COUNTRY ON A PATH THAT WILL LEAD TO YEATER SECURITY AND -- GREATER SECURITY AND RETURN OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN BACK TO THEIR FAMILIES. A FOUR SHORT MONTHS AGO I WAS TEACHING HIGH SCHOOL. I DON'T SEE WHY CASTING A VOTE IN THIS SAY CREDIT ROOM IS NOT BINDING. AND HOW DOES THAT DIFFER FROM THE U.S. CONSTITUTION? YESTERDAY I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT TWO SOLDIERS FROM MY OLD UNIT, THE PROUD 34TH RED BULL DIVISION. THESE TWO MEN ARE OUT AT THE HOSPITAL, BOTH JOHN AND TONY ARE BEING FITTED FOR THEIR PROSTHETIC LIMBS. WE SPOKE OF EVERYTHING OF HOW THEY WERE INJURED TO FOOTBALL TO HOW THEY GET READY TO SKI AGAIN. I DON'T KNOW AND I DON'T CARE ABOUT THEIR POLITICAL IDEOLOGY. I ONLY CARE THAT THIS NATION HONORS ITS COMMITMENT BY PROVIDING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO THESE BRAVE AMERICANS. TODAY IS A DAY I TELL TONY AND JOHN, WE WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT YOU AND WE WILL PROVIDE TRUE SECURITY OF THIS NATION. TAU.

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    THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HIS TIME. -- THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. SAXTON

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. HUNTER

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN AN ADDITIONAL TWO MINUTES.

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    MR. REYES

    NOTHING AT ALL ABOUT THE STATEMENT HE JUST MADE. THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF…

    NOTHING AT ALL ABOUT THE STATEMENT HE JUST MADE. THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF STATEMENTS, FRANKLY, THAT CONFUSE PEOPLE. NOW IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY, FIVE MINUTES, REPRESENTATIVE JOHN YARMUTH.

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  • 05:24:50 PM

    MR. YARMUTH

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOUR YEARS AGO I WAS TRYING TO EVALUATE THE…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. FOUR YEARS AGO I WAS TRYING TO EVALUATE THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO INVADE IRAQ. UNLIKE MOST AMERICANS, I WAS WRITING A NEWSPAPER COLUMN AND WAS EXPECTED TO TAKE A PUBLIC POSITION ON SUCH A NATIONAL POLICY. BUT LIKE MOST AMERICANS, I WAS UNBURDENED BY THE CLASSIFIED AND FAULTY INTELLIGENCE PROVIDED TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. I CONCLUDED AND WROTE THAT THE CLAIMS MADE TO JUSTIFY THE AMERICAN INVASION OF IRAQ WERE BASELESS, THAT THERE WERE NO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, THAT IRAQ POSED NO IMMEDIATE THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES, THAT SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS NOT IN ANY WAY CONNECTED TO THE 9/11 ATTACKS, AND FINALLY, THAT IRAQ WAS NOT A SAFE HARBOR FOR AL QAEDA. I ALSO CONCLUDED AND WROTE THAT WE WERE RUSHING INTO IRAQ WITH NO IDEA OF WHAT TO DO AFTER THE IRAQI REGIME FELL AND WE HAD NO PLAN FOR GETTING OUT. THE POINT OF ALL THIS REMINISCING IS NOT TO SHOW THAT I WAS SO SMART, NOR AS TO SAY I TOLD YOU SO. FOUR YEARS LATER, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT THE SITUATION THERE. WE KNOW AS MUCH, IF NOT MORE, THAN THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND OUR IDEAS ABOUT THE CONFLICT ARE JUST AS VALID. AND THAT IS WHY THIS RESOLUTION IS SO IMPORTANT, AND THIS DEBATE SO SIGNIFICANT. TOMORROW WE WILL BE VOTING ON WHAT MAY BE ONLY A NONBINDING RESOLUTION, BUT IT IS A RESOUNDING AND UNEQUIVOCAL EXPRESSION OF THE NATIONAL WILL. THIS IS NOT SIMPLY A GROUP OF CONGRESS MEN AND WOMEN EXPLAINING THEIR VOTES. IT IS THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WHO ARE DEMANDING A NEW DIRECTION IN IRAQ. IT IS THE SOUND OF SCORES OF PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO WERE SENT HERE BY CITIZENS TO TURN THIS AROUND. DURING THIS MOMENT US DEBATE, WE'VE HEARD BY SOME ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT THIS RESOLUTION AND THE DISCUSSION WE ARE HAVING SOMEHOW UNDERMINES OUR NATIONAL INTEREST. I BELIEVE THEY ARE SELLING THIS INSTITUTION SHORT. WE ARE DISPLAYING FOR THE WORLD WHAT A GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE TRULY LOOKS LIKE. WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE THIS WEEK SPEAKS FAR MORE CLEARLY AND LOUDLY THAN OUR BULLETS AND OUR ROCKETS AND EVEN OUR DOLLARS. WHAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT SO CLEARLY AND DRAMATICALLY REFLECTS THE WILL OF ITS CITIZENS, WE MAY NOT SHOCK THE WORLD BUT WE MAKE IT WATCH IN AWE. JAMES MADISON WROTE THAT THE ROLE OF CONGRESS IS TO EXPAND AND REFINE THE PUBLIC VIEW. HE ACCURATELY PERCEIVED THAT ON MOST ISSUES, AMERICANS ASSUME THAT THEIR REPRESENTATIVES WILL CONSIDER THEIR OPINIONS AND WORK OUT THE DETAILS. IN THE PRESENT SITUATION, I BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SHOUTING AT US THAT IT IS TIME TO GET OUR MEN AND WOMEN OUT OF HARM'S WAY IN IRAQ, AND I WILL CAST MY VOTE, NOT SIMPLY TO OPPOSE THE PRESIDENT'S ESCALATION, BUT AS A STATEMENT THAT THIS CONGRESS WILL NO LONGER ADVOCATE ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO EXPAND AND REFINE THE PUBLIC VIEW. MR. SPEAKER, TODAY I AM AS CONFIDENT ABOUT MY POSITION AS I WAS FOUR YEARS AGO. I'M CONFIDENT BECAUSE I HAVE LISTENED TO THOSE WHO OPPOSE THIS RESOLUTION. I HEAR ONLY DISENGINEOUS RHETORIC. THE OTHER SIDE ACCUSES US OF TRYING TO MICROMANAGE THE IRAQ CONFLICT, THEN SAY WE NEED TO HAVE OUR OWN PLAN. THEY SAY WE ARE NOT HONORING OUR HEROES. THEY CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT VICTORY AND DEFEAT WHILE VIRTUALLY EVERYONE AGREES THAT WE CAN NOT IDENTIFY OR DEFINE EITHER. THEY SAY THIS RESOLUTION IS AN EMPTY POLITICAL GESTURE AND NEN SAY WE NEED TO NOT SURRENDER. WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT GIVEN US ARE ANY REASONS TO BELIEVE THAT WE ARE SUCCEEDED IN IRAQ, THAT THE CURRENT PLANS INCREASE THE ODDS OF OUR SUCCESS, THAT WE ARE ANY CLOSER TO ELIMINATING THE THREAT OF TERRORISM OR FINALLY THAT THE UNITED STATES IS ENHANCING ITS IMAGE AROUND THE WORLD AS THE BEACON OF FREEDOM. WE WHO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION HONOR AND RESPECT OUR TROOPS. WE CARE DEEPLY ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION OF OUR COUNTRY. WE ARE UNEQUIVOCALLY COMMITTED TO OUR NATION'S SECURITY. AND WE DESPERATELY WANT AMERICA TO SUCCEED. BY SUPPORTING THIS RESOLUTION, WE UNDENIABLY SUCCEED BECAUSE WE HONOR OUR NATION AND ITS CITIZENS WHO HAVE ENTRUSTED US WITH THE SIMPLE BUT GRAVE RESPONSIBILITY TO LISTEN TO THEM. I YIELD BACK.

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    MR. SAXTON

    FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM WISCONSIN, MR. PETRI.

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    MR. PETRI

    MR. SPEAKER, I PLAN TO VOTE FOR THIS RESOLUTION, BUT TO SURGE OR NOT TO…

    MR. SPEAKER, I PLAN TO VOTE FOR THIS RESOLUTION, BUT TO SURGE OR NOT TO SURGE, THAT IS THE WRONG QUESTION. JUST SAYING NO IS SIMPLE OBSTRUCTIONIST. WHAT WE NEED IS A NEW WAY FORWARD TO REPLACE THE OLD WAY THAT ISN'T GETTING US ANYWHERE. IT'S BECOME CLEAR THAT TRYING TO ESTABLISH A MULTIETHNIC IRAQI DEMOCRACY, WHILE LOTTABLE, SIMPLY CANNOT BE ACCOMPLISHED BY NON-IRAQIS. THE FACT IS THAT IRAQ HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO FOSTER THE GIVE AND TAKE OF DEMOCRACY. DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR, BRITAIN SEIZED THE REGION FROM THE COLLAPSING OTTOMAN EMPIRE. IRAQ WAS CREATED OUT OF THREE SEPARATE PROVINCES, TO KEEP THE TURKS OUT WHILE ALLOWING THE BRITISH ACCESS TO THE LOCAL OIL. CAPTAIN AROUND WILSON, THE BRITISH CIVIL COMMISSIONER IN BAGHDAD, SAID THAT THE CREATION OF THE NEW STATE WAS A RECIPE FOR DISASTER. . HE WARNED THAT THE DISASTER BETWEEN THE THREE COMMUNITIES ENSURED THE NEW COUNTRY COULD COULD ONLY BE RUN BY WHAT HE CALLED THE ANTITHESIS OF DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT. AFTER THE DEATH OF BRITISH SOLDIERS AND IRAQIS. THE BRITISH THROUGH THE LEADERSHIP OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR, CHURCHILL, LARGELY EXTRICATED THEMSELVES VOTED FOR A SUNNI KING. WE SHOULD SERIOUSLY CONSIDER THAT WE HAVE TWO BASIC OPTIONS. FIRST CHOOSE THE FACTIONS TO STABILIZE AND RULE THE COUNTRY THROUGH FORCE MUCH AS ALL OF IRAQ'S PREVIOUS REGIMES DID AND THAT'S HARDLY AN ATTRACTIVE OPTION. OR, SECOND, BRING ABOUT A PAR TISSUEON OF THE COUNTRY TO FORM A LOOSE CONFEDERATION WHERE THE SUNNIS, SHIAS AND KURDS CAN GOVERN THEMSELVES. OUR ENTERPRISE IN IRAQ HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT WITH THE BEST OF INTENTIONS AND OY MEN AND WOMEN HAVE PERFORMED WITH GREAT SKILL AND HONOR. BUT WE HAVE TO ACCEPT REALITY. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP STABLIZE THE SITUATION AND IN DOING SO IS IN OUR NATIONAL INTERESTS. BUT I DON'T THINK IT'S FAIR TO ASK OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS COULD BE POLICEMEN IN A CIVIL WAR. SADLY, IT SEEMS THAT MOST IRAQIS DO NOT EMBRACE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT UNLESS IT IS DOMINATED EXCLUSIVELY BY THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL GROUPS. THE SUNNIS, THE SHIA AND THE KURDS ARE WILLING TO ESTABLISH LAW AND ORDER WITHIN THEIR OWN AREAS. EFFORTS TO PUSH OUT OTHER GROUPS CURRENTLY UNDER WAY IN IRAQ ARE DEPLORABLE, BUT IT IS NOT UNEXPECTED GIVEN IRAQ'S HISTORY AND DESPERATE SITUATION. THE SECTARIAN MILITIAS HAVE POPULAR SUPPORT BECAUSE THEY HAVE EASILY UNDERSTOOD PLANS TO ESTABLISH SECURITY WIN THEIR SPHERES. INSTEAD OF FIGHTING THE MILITIAS, WE NEED TO CO-OP THEM. WE NEED TO HELP THE LEADERS ESTABLISH AUTHORITY OVER THEIR AREAS. WE NEED TO SEEK THE POSITIVE INVOLVEMENT OF IRAQ'S NEIGHBORS. SOME OF THEM MAY BE MEDDLING OR MAY BE TEMPTED TO MEDICAL. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, INSTABILITY IN IRAQ MEANS INSTABILITY FOR EVERYBODY IN THE REGION. LET'S HELP IRAQ'S THREE MAIN GROUPS TO HELP STABLIZE THEIR OWN TERRITORIES SO WE CAN WITHDRAW AND GET OUT ALL TOGETHER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME

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    MR. REYES

    MR. SPEAKER, IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY…

    MR. SPEAKER, IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, REPRESENTATIVE BETTY SUTTON

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    MS. SUTTON

    THE COURSE OF HISTORY WHEN O C13

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    MS. SUTTON

    THE COURSE OF HISTORY WHEN OUR NATION HAS FACED ITS MOST SIGNIFICANT…

    THE COURSE OF HISTORY WHEN OUR NATION HAS FACED ITS MOST SIGNIFICANT DEBATES OVER MATTERS OF WAR, THERE COMES A TIME WHEN VOICES, PUNDITS AND POLITICIANS MUST DROP AWAY AND ALLOW THE VOICES OF THE PEOPLE TO BE HEARD. OUR TROOPS ARE BRAVE AND CAPABLE. THEY HAVE FOUGHT HEROICALLY. AND THIS RESOLUTION MAKES IT CLEAR, THAT THOSE OF US WHO FEEL INCUMBENT TO OPPOSE THE PRESIDENT, NONETHELESS SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. ALL OF US, AND ALL AMERICANS, SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. BUT CONGRESS ALSO HAS AN OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE PROVIDED A MISSION BASED ON A REALISTIC ASSESSMENT AND AN ACHIEFABLE GOAL. BEFORE WE ASK THEM TO RISK LIFE AND LIMB TO IMPLEMENT IT. THE PRESIDENT HAS ASKED CONGRESS TO SUPPORT HIS ESCALATION PLAN TO SEND ANOTHER 20,000 TROOPS TO IRAQ. THIS WAR IS NOW ALMOST FOUR YEARS LONG. CONGRESS HAS NOT SPOKEN AS LOUDLY AND AS CLEARLY AS ITS RESPONSIBILITY REQUIRES. AS THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE 13TH DISTRICT OF OHIO, I CANNOT SIT SILENT. I OPPOSE THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN FOR ESCALATION, AND I FULLY SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. THE PRESIDENT'S OWN MILITARY COMMANDERS HAVE ADVISED AGAINST THIS COURSE OF ACTION. AND IN NOVEMBER, MY CONSTITUENTS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE VOTED FOR A CHANGE OF DIRECTION IN IRAQ. ESCALATION IS DIRECTLY CONTRADICTORY TO THAT CALL FOR CHANGE. IT TAKES US FURTHER DOWN THE WRONG PATH. DEEPER AND DEEPER WITH A POLICY THAT ASKS OUR MILITARY TO PERFORM A NONMILITARY MISSION OF CREATING A UNIFIED GOVERNMENT IN IRAQ. BUT UNITY IN IRAQ HAS TO BE DETERMINED BY THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE. IT IS NEITHER FAIR NOR JUST TO ASK OUR TROOPS TO FIX A SECTARIAN CIVIL WAR. OUR NATION HAS PAID A HIGH PRICE. THE WIVES OF 3,000 AMERICANS LOST. $379 BILLION SPENT, WITH ANOTHER $8 BILLION EVERY MONTH OF THIS WAR. THESE LIVES CANNOT BE RETRIEVED. 139 BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN FROM OHIO HAVE BEEN KILLED. 14 FROM MY DISTRICT. I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO EVERY ONE OF THOSE CASUALTIES AND TO EVERY ONE THAT MIGHT LIE AHEAD TO REPRESENT THEIR VOICES, ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT CAN NO LONGER BE HEARD. IN EARLY AUGUST, 2005, LANCE CORPORAL EDWARD SCHOEDER WAS KILLED IN IRAQ. OTHERS WERE LOST THAT DAY. IN JANUARY, 2006, HIS FATHER, PAUL, SHARED HIS THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS IN A LETTER TO THE "WASHINGTON POST," ENTITLED, A LIFE WASTED. HE SAID, QUOTE, SINCE AUGUST, WE HAVE WITNESSED GROWING OPPOSITION TO THE IRAQ WAR. BUT IT IS OFTEN WHISPERED, HANDS COVERING MOUTHS, AS IF IT'S TOO DANGEROUS TO SPEAK TOO LOUDLY. OTHERS DISCUSS THE NEVER ENDING CYCLE VIOLENCE AS IN THE QUOTE, INCREASING FATALITY OF EXPLOSIVE DEVICES, END QUOTE. WIPING THE CLINICAL TALK AWAY, PAUL WENT ON TO SHARE THE PAINFUL REALITY THAT HE AND HIS FAMILY FACED, A REALITY THAT CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD WHEN LOOKED AT. HE SAID, QUOTE, LOOK AT THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT MOST AMERICANS DON'T HAVE TO EXPERIENCE. THE DAY MY SON'S UNIT RETURNED, WE RECEIVED A BOX OF HIS NOTEBOOKS, DVD'S. TODAY HIS UNIT RETURNED HOME TO WAITING FAMILIES. WE RECEIVED THE SECOND URN OF ASHES. THIS PROMISE OF EASY TCHARM AND READINESS TO HELP WHOSE HIGHEST HIGH WAS GIVING C.P.R., CAME HOME IN ONE COFFIN AND TWO URNS. WE BURIED HIM IN THREE PLACES THAT HE LOVED. A FITTING IRONY, I SUPPOSE, BUT JUST AS ROUGH EACH TIME, END QUOTE. MR. SPEAKER, THE GROWING OPPOSITION TO THE WAR IN IRAQ MUST NOT BE WHISPERED, HANDS COVERING MOUTHS, AS IF IT IS TOO DANGEROUS TO SPEAK TOO LOUDLY. ACCOUNTABILITY AND OVERSIGHT REQUIRE MORE. THIS RESOLUTION RINGS LOUD AND CLEAR. WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND WE OPPOSE THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO ESCALATE IN IRAQ. WILL THE PRESIDENT HEAR OUR COLLECTIVE VOICE? IF HE DOES NOT, IT WILL NOT BE BECAUSE WE SAT SILENT. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: TIME OF THE GENTLELADY HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN

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    MR. SAXTON

    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. RYAN

    AS A CO-SPONSOR OF H.R. 654.

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    MR. SAXTON

    YIELD TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. EHLERS FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. EHLERS

    RELUCTANTLY IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION. I SAY RELUCTANTLY BECAUSE I…

    RELUCTANTLY IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION. I SAY RELUCTANTLY BECAUSE I HAD HOPED TO BE ABLE TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF SOMETHING POSITIVE. A FRESH PERSPECTIVE, A NEW IDEA, A NEW PATHWAY TO SUCCESS, ANYTHING TO ENCOURAGE AND FOSTER A POSITIVE OUTCOME IN THE IRAQ CONFLICT. BUT THIS RESOLUTION OFFERS NONE OF THESE THINGS. IT IS A SIMPLE, ALMOST MEANINGLESS, NONBINDING STATEMENT OF DISAPPROVAL THAT PROVIDES NO CONSTRUCTIVE RESOLVE ON THIS DAUNTING, YET CRITICAL, MISSION. MY OPPOSITION IS BOTH PROCEDURAL AND SUBSTANTIVE. I'M EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED THAT WE ONLY HAVE THIS ONE SIMPLISTIC INADEQUATE STATEMENT BEFORE US FOR CONSIDERATION. NO ALTERNATIVES. NO OTHER IDEAS. NO SOLUTIONS. THE SITUATION IN IRAQ IS COMPLICATED. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE FAR MORE FROM CONGRESS THAN A RESOLUTION THAT ESSENTIALLY CALLS FOR THE STATUS QUO. THE RESOLUTION OPPOSES THE TROOP SURGE CALLED FOR BY THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, BUT FAILS TO OFFER OR EVEN ALLOW FOR CONSIDERATION OF ANY ALTERNATIVES AIMED AT ACHIEVING SUCCESS IN IRAQ. NOR DOES IT OFFER AN ALTERNATIVE AIMED AT A REDUCTION OF TROOPS. THERE ARE OTHER IDEAS OUT THERE WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION AND DISCUSSION. YET, WE ARE NOT DEBATING THOSE, INCLUDING THOSE SUGGESTED BY THE BIPARTISAN IRAQ STUDY GROUP. FOR EXAMPLE, THE STUDY GROUP CONCLUDED THAT THERE'S NO SINGLE ACTION THAT THE MILITARY CAN TAKE THAT BY ITSELF CAN BRING ABOUT SUCCESS IN IRAQ. I AGREE WITH THAT ASSESSMENT. REGARDLESS OF A TROOP SURGE, I BELIEVE A POSITIVE OUTCOME IN IRAQ REQUIRES REGIONAL COOPERATION AND POSITIVE ENGAGEMENT WITH ALL OF IRAQ'S NEIGHBORING STATES. A CASE CAN BE MADE FOR A TROOP SURGE, BUT EVEN MORE, WE NEED A SURGE IN DIPLOMACY COULD CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT CONDUCIVE FOR A LASTING PEACE THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST. THE HISTORY OF THE REGION IS TOO DIVERSE, TOO COMPLEX AND TOO TUM YOU WILL TUOUS TO EXPECT PROGRESS WITHOUT A DIPLOMATIC EFFORT AND MULTINATIONAL SUPPORT. OF COURSE, THIS SIMPLE RESOLUTION BEFORE US OFFERS NO PERSPECTIVE ON THESE MATTERS. IN A FEW WEEKS, THIS BODY WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON FUNDING FOR ONGOING OPERATIONS IN IRAQ. FORGET TODAY'S RESOLUTION. THE VOTE ON THE SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING BILL IS WHERE THE REAL DEBATE WILL OCCUR AND THE POLICIES WILL BE LAID FORTH. MAKE NO MISTAKE, A CUTOFF OF FUNDS AND A PREMATURE WITHDRAWAL OF TROOPS FROM IRAQ WILL PRODUCE EVEN GREATER SECTARIAN VIOLENCE. FURET DETERIORATION OF SECURITY CONDITIONS AND FOMENT A BREEDING GROUND FOR RADICAL ISLAMISTS. WE MUST GIVE OUR TROOPS THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO CARRY OUT THEIR CRITICAL MISSION TO A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION. IN CLOSING, LET ME SAY THAT WE ALL SUPPORT THE TROOPS WHO ARE SERVING AND WHO HAVE SERVED IN IRAQ. AND WE ALL DEEPLY APPRECIATE THEIR EFFORTS TO CARRY OUT THEIR DUTIES. EVERY DAY, I THINK ABOUT THE 3,000 PLUS AMERICAN TROOPS WHO HAVE DIED IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND I PRAY FOR THEIR FAMILIES AS WELL AS FOR OUR TROOPS THAT ARE THERE NOW. I THINK ABOUT THE THOUSANDS MORE WHO HAVE BEEN INJURED AND THE TENSE OF THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT IRAQI CITIZENS WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED OR INJURED AS A RESULT OF THIS CONFLICT. WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO ENSURE THAT THOSE CASUALTIES WERE NOT SUFFERED IN VAIN. ABOVE ALL, WE MUST SEEK TO END THIS CONFLICT AND STOP THE CASUALTIES. SIMPLY PUT, THE RESOLUTION WE ARE DEBATING OFFERS NO PATH TO SUCCESS AND THAT IS WHY I OPPOSE IT. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND, THE MAJORITY LEADER RISE?

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    MR. HOYER

    CONSULTATION WITH THE REPUBLICAN LEADER, I RISE PURSUANT TO SECTION 2 OF…

    CONSULTATION WITH THE REPUBLICAN LEADER, I RISE PURSUANT TO SECTION 2 OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 157 AND I DEMAND AN ADDITIONAL HOUR OF DEBATE ON THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR THIS EVENING.

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    MR. HOYER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MARYLAND.

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    MR. HOYER

    HOUSE ADJOURNS ON THIS LEGISLATIVE DAY, IT ADJOURN TO MEET AT 8:00 A.M.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    TO THE REQUEST? NO OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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    MR. HOYER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. REYES

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR.…

    YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. MAHONEY.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. . MA MR. MA MOAN: MR.…

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES. . MA MR. MA MOAN: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE --

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    MR. MAHONEY

    SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY WITH A CONVERSATION FOR MOTT ON MY COLLEAGUES BUT MY…

    SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY WITH A CONVERSATION FOR MOTT ON MY COLLEAGUES BUT MY CONSTITUENTS. -- FOR NOT ONLY MY COLLEAGUES BUT MY CONSTITUENTS. I HAVE OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS HEARD MANY ARGUMENTS AS TO THE WISDOM OF THE PRESIDENT TO DO SO. BUT THE ONE MESSAGE THAT ALL I'VE SPOKEN AGREE WITH, DEMOCRAT, REPUBLICAN, LIBERAL OR CONSERVATIVE, IS THAT OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM HAVE DONE A MAGNIFICENT JOB FIGHTING IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN AND AROUND THE WORLD PROTECTING OUR SECURITY. I HEARD FROM MY COLLEAGUES THAT THE MERE ACT OF DEBATING THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION TO ESCALATE THE TROOPS SENDS A WRONG MESSAGE TO THE TROOPS AND THE WRONG MESSAGE TO OUR ENMOOSE. I SAY, DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF DEMOCRACY, THE POWER OF THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, THE VERY POWERS WE'RE FIGHTING TO GIVE THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ. DEBATE SENDS THE MESSAGE OF STRENGTH, RESOLVE AND COMMITMENT. THIS DEBATE IS ABOUT FINDING THE BEST WAY FOR AMERICA TO WIN THE WAR ON TERROR. I AGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT THAT THE WORLD IS A DANGEROUS PLACE, AND WE NEED TO TAKE THE WAR TO THE TERRORISTS AND THOSE WHO SUPPORT TERROR. BUT I DISAGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT THAT BY SENDING MORE TROOPS TO POLICE A CIVIL WAR IN IRAQ, AMERICA IS ANY CLOSER TO WINNING THE WAR ON TERROR. I COME TO THIS CONCLUSION AS A RESULT OF CONSULTATIONS WITH OUR MILITARY LEADERS, OUR DIPLOMATS AND THOSE IN THE WHITE HOUSE RESPONSIBLE FOR EXECUTING THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES. I COME TO THIS CONCLUSION FROM TALKING TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WHO HAVE SERVED WITH DISTINCTION. DEMOCRACY CAN ONLY HAPPEN WHEN A PEOPLE WANT IT. WE HAVE SEEN TIME AND AGAIN THAT A PEOPLE WHO YES OR NO FOR DEMOCRACY WILL BREAK THE YOKE OF TYRANNY AND WILL BREAK THEMSELVES FROM THEIR OPPRESSORS. AMERICA HAS INVESTED THE LIVES OF 3,000 OF THEIR BEST WOMEN AND MEN, SPENT NEARLY $400 BILLION ON THE IRAQ WAR. WE HAVE RID THE IRAQI PEOPLE OF A CRUEL TYRANT AND HAVE GIVEN THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY. AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN, SECURING A STREET CORNER IN SADDER CITY, WILL NOT CHANGE -- IN SADR CITY, WILL NOT CHANGE THE HEARTS OF THE SUNNIS AND SHIAH. NOW IS THE TIME FOR THE IRAQI PEOPLE TO STAND AND DEMAND DEMOCRACY. IT IS TIME FOR AMERICA TO MOVE FORWARD IN OUR FIGHT AGAINST TERROR. IT IS TIME TO FOCUS ON ELIMINATING TERRORISTS IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN OR WHEREVER THEY'RE HARBORED. IT'S TIME TO BRING OSAMA BIN LADEN TO JUSTICE FOR THE CRIMES HE PERPETRATED ON 9/11. WE NEED TO GATHER OUR STRENGTH AND SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE TO OUR ENEMIES THAT THEIR CONTINUED EFFORTS TO SUPPORT TERROR AND ENGAGE IN ACTIVITY AGAINST AMERICA OR HER ALLIES WILL RESULT IN CERTAIN AND SWIFT JUSTICE. THIS PRESIDENT NEEDS TO DO WHAT HIS FATHER DID IN THE FIRST GULF WAR AND WHAT PRESIDENT CLINTON DID IN THE BALKANCE, AND THAT IS TO DEM ON -- BALKANCE, AND THAT IS TO DEM ON -- BALKANS, AND THAT IS TO USE AMERICA'S POWER AND PRESTIGE TO BRING THE WORLD TOGETHER IN SUPPORT OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE. THE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW THAT AMERICA WILL PROVIDE A DEMOCRATIC IRAQ, AND THOSE WHO SUPPORT HER WITH POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND MILITARY SUPPORT. I WANT MY FRIENDS TO KNOW THAT I'M HERE TODAY BECAUSE DEMOCRACY REQUIRES US TO SPEAK UP AND SPEAK OUT, AND YOU DESERVE TO HAVE A VOICE IN THIS DEBATE. AND SPEAKING OUT, I'M SUPPORTING OUR PRESIDENT BY LETTING HIM KNOW THAT WE'RE COMMITTED TO WINNING THE WAR ON TERROR, BUT THAT WE WILL NOT SUPPORT HIS STRATEGY TO INCREASE ESCALATION OF THE TROOPS IN IRAQ. AND THAT AMERICA WILL NOT QUIT UNTIL WE HAVE VANC WISHED ALL WHO -- VANQUISHD ALL WHO USE TERROR FOR POLITICAL GAIN. THIS IS THEIR MOMENT TO GRASP DEMOCRACY. SHOULD THEY CHOOSE TO DO SO, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL SUPPORT THEM AND THEIR EFFORTS TO BUILD A BETTER LIFE FOR THEIR CHILDREN. TOMORROW, MY COLLEAGUES AND I WILL TAKE THE IMPORTANT FIRST STEP IN SHOWING THE PRESIDENT THAT WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS BUT DO NOT SUPPORT HIS PLAN TO INVEST MORE AMERICAN LIVES TO MEDIATE A CIVIL WAR. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS VOTE IS BINDING AS IT BINDS ME AND MY COLLEAGUES TO OUR CONSTITUENTS BY FORCING US TO TAKE A STAND. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEW JERSEY.

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    MR. SAXTON

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, MRS.…

    MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM ILLINOIS, MRS. BIGGERT.

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    MRS. BIGGERT

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN…

    THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME. AND, MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN OPPOSITION TO THIS NONBINDING RESOLUTION. I CANNOT SUPPORT IT FOR IT NEITHER SUPPORTS OUR TROOPS NOR OFFERS US AN ALTERNATIVE PLAN. IT'S SYMBOLIC, IT'S PARTISAN, IT'S CYNICAL AND IT'S MEANINGLESS. THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS BODY IS TAKING THE EASY ROUTE, CRITICIZE THE OTHER GUY'S PLAN BUT DON'T OFFER THEIR OWN, CALL UP YOUR OWN NONBINDING RESOLUTION BUT DON'T ALLOW VOTES ON RESOLUTIONS THAT ACTUALLY HAVE SUBSTANCE, POSITION YOURSELF FOR THE NEXT ELECTIONS BUT NOT THE NEXT WAVE OF TERRORIST ATTACKS, WIN THE WHITE HOUSE BUT LOSE THE WAR ON TERROR. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE VOTERS SPOKE IN THE LAST ELECTION. THEY'RE NOT HAPPY WITH THE WAR. FEW, IF ANY OF US, ARE SATISFIED WITH THE PROGRESS MADE IN IRAQ. I KNOW I'M NOT. NEITHER ARE MY CONSTITUENTS. THEIR PATIENCE AND ALL AMERICANS HAVE RUN THIN. WE'VE PURSUED AN OPEN-ENDED COMMITMENT WITHOUT GOALS AND CLEAR BENCHMARKS FOR SUCCESS. WE ALSO PURSUED A STRATEGY THAT PLACED TOO HEAVY A BURDEN ON OUR TROOPS AND TOO LIGHT AN IN EXPECTATION OF THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT. BUT I WANT TO REMIND MY COLLEAGUES THAT THE VOTERS WILL SPEAK AGAIN IF WE DON'T GET THIS RIGHT. AND I SAY WE BECAUSE IT IS ALL OF US. IF WE DON'T PUT ASIDE THE PARTISAN POSITIONING AND WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THIS COUNTRY, WE WILL ALL LOSE MORE THAN OUR SEATS IN THIS BODY. IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO POINT THE FINGER AND SAY THE PRESIDENT IS WRONG AND WAIT FOR THE RETURNS TO COME IN. IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO DISAPPROVE AND CRITICIZE AND SAY, IT'S NOT MY JOB, HE'S THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. AND IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO TURN AROUND AND THROUGH THIS RESOLUTION SAY, YOU SUPPORT TROOPS THAT HAVE BEEN OR ARE SERVING IN IRAQ BUT NOT THOSE WHO MAY GO IN AS REPLACEMENTS, ROTATIONS, OR AS PART OF THE NEW TEMPORARY DEPLOYMENT. THIS IS WHY WE SHOULD BE USING THIS OPPORTUNITY, NOT TO TAKE A SYMBOLIC VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF, BUT TO DISCUSS A REAL OPTION FOR THE WAY FORWARD IN IRAQ. MR. SPEAKER, I'VE BEEN THERE SEVERAL TIMES. I'VE BEEN TO THE RED ZONE, VISITED THE CONVENTION CENTER WHERE THE IRAQI PARLIAMENT MEETS AND WAS THERE AS PRIME MINISTER MALIKI PRESENTED HIS RECONCILIATION PLAN. I MET WITH OUR MILITARY COMMANDERS. I'VE LISTENED TO OUR SOLDIERS WHO PATROL THE STREETS IN BAGHDAD. AND I TALKED TO IRAQI LEADERS ABOUT THEIR HOPES FOR THE FUTURE. ONE THING THAT WAS VERY CLEAR TO ME IS THAT ONLY THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT CAN TAKE THE TOUGH STEPS THAT WILL ACHIEVE RECONCILIATION AND END TO SECTARIAN VIOLENCE. SO NOW PRIME MINISTER MALIKI HAS STEPPED FORWARD AND ASKED OUR PRESIDENT FOR A SPECIFIC ASSISTANCE IN SECURING BAGHDAD. IN RESPONSE, PRESIDENT BUSH'S COMMANDERS HAVE DRAWN UP A PLAN. THE PRESIDENT PROPOSED A NEW COMMANDER ON THE GROUND, GENERAL PETRAEUS, WHO WAS CONFIRMED BY THE OTHER BODY IN A UNANIMOUS VOTE. WE ENCOURAGED A BIPARTISAN IRAQ STUDY GROUP AND ASKED THEIR ADVICE. AMONG THE KEY ITEMS THEY SUPPORTED WAS A TEMPORARY SURGE IN TROOP STRENGTH CALLED FOR BY THE COMMANDERS ON THE GROUND. AS BAGHDAD GOES SO GOES IRAQ, THEY POINTED OUT. THESE ARE ALL STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, BUT WHAT WOULD APPROVING THIS RESOLUTION SIGNAL TO THE WORLD, THAT WE TELL THE IRAQI PEOPLE TO TAKE THE TOUGH STEPS BUT THEN WE DENY THEM THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO DO SO, THAT WE URGE THE CREATION OF A BIPARTISAN COMMISSION TO GIVE US GUIDANCE AND THEN REJECT ITS ADVICE, THAT WE UNANIMOUSLY CONFIRM A NEW GENERAL ON THE GROUND AND THEN WE DENY HIM HIS PLAN, THAT WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS BUT NOT THEIR REPLACEMENTS. THESE ARE NOT THE MESSAGES THAT I WANT TO SEND. WE OWE IT TO OUR TROOPS AND TO THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES TO GIVE THE IRAQIS ONE LAST CHANCE TO SHOW THAT THEY ARE WILLING TO FIGHT FOR AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE FUTURE OF THEIR OWN COUNTRY. BUT WE HAVE TO EXERCISE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL POWERS AND HOLD THEM TO IT, AND WE HAVE TO STOP SIGNALING THAT THE BEST CONGRESS CAN OFFER IS A BIG NONBINDING NO TO SOMEONE ELSE'S PLAN. SO TODAY I'M CO-SPONSORING LEGISLATION, H.R. 1062, THAT WILL DO JUST THAT, HOLD THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE IN ACHIEVING CLEAR BENCHMARKS. IT REQUIRES THE PRESIDENT TO REPORT TO CONGRESS EVERY 30 DAYS ON THE EXTENT TO WHICH THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAQ IS MOVING FORWARD ON MORE THAN A DOZEN FRONTS, FROM TROOP TRAINING AND SECURITY TO REBUILDING, RECONCILIATION, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND ENFORCING THE RULE OF LAW. IT ALSO REQUIRES PROGRESS REPORTS ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF STRATEGIES THAT WILL PREVENT IRAQI TERRITORY FROM BECOMING A SAFE HAVEN FOR TERRORIST ACTIVITIES. MOST SIGNIFICANTLY, H.R. 1062 EXERCISES THE FULL CONSTITUTIONAL POWERS OF THIS BODY, NOT THROUGH A SYMBOLIC EXPRESENTATION OF DISCONTENT, BUT THROUGH VIGOROUS OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT H.R. 1062 AND REJECT THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE TIME OF THE GENTLEWOMAN HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MR. REYES

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW TIME TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY GOOD…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. IT'S NOW TIME TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY GOOD FRIEND, MR. HARRY MITCHELL.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 05:56:18 PM

    MR. MITCHELL

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK IT'S SAFE TO SAY THAT REGARDLESS OF ANY…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THINK IT'S SAFE TO SAY THAT REGARDLESS OF ANY DIFFERENCES OF OPINION OVER MILITARY STRATEGY IN IRAQ, WE ALL AGREE THAT THE THE OUTCOME IN IRAQ WILL AFFECT OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE SECURITY OF STABILITY OF THE MIDDLE EAST FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. I WAS NOT A MEMBER OF THIS DISTINGUISHED BODY IN OCTOBER OF 2002, WHEN MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES WERE FACED WITH THE DECISION OF WHETHER TO AUTHORIZE THE PRESIDENT TO GO TO WAR IN IRAQ. BUT FOUR YEARS LATER, I WAS ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE OF MY DISTRICT WHO ASKED ME AND THIS CONGRESS TO SET A NEW COURSE IN IRAQ BECAUSE IT IS CLEAR TO THEM THAT THE ADMINISTRATION'S COURSE IS NOT WORKING. THAT'S NOT SAY THERE'S NOT BEEN SOME SUCCESS. OUR TROOPS HAVE PERFORMED BRAVELY AND SUCCEEDED IN THEIR MISSION TO END SADDAM HUSSEIN'S BRUTAL REGIME. THE IRAQI PEOPLE EXERCISED THEIR NEW FOUND RIGHT TO VOTE, AND THOSE WHO MURDERED INNOCENT IRAQIS HAVE BEEN GIVEN FAIR TRIALS AND JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED. SINCE THE INITIAL MILITARY VICTORY, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC FAILURE HAS BECOME WIDESPREAD. TODAY, SECTARIAN VIOLENCE IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH, AND AMERICAN TROOPS ARE NOW CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A CIVIL WAR. NOW THE ADMINISTRATION IS ENGAGING IN A MILITARY ESCALATION OF THE WAR. THEY TRIED THIS STRATEGY BEFORE, AND IT DIDN'T WORK. IT DIDN'T WORK BECAUSE WE NEED MORE THAN A MILITARY STRATEGY. WE NEED POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SOLUTIONS TOO. WE NEED A STRATEGY THAT EMPLOYS ALL OF THE ELEMENTS OF NATIONAL POWER TO ULTIMATELY PUT THE IRAQIS IN CHARGE OF THEIR OWN SECURITY AND STABILITY. SO FAR, A MILITARY STRATEGY HAS NOT SOLVED THE PROBLEMS WE HAVE IN IRAQ. SO FAR, A MILITARY STRATEGY HAS NOT BROUGHT SUNNIS AND SHIITES TOGETHER TO MAINTAIN A UNIFIED GOVERNMENT AND A PEACEFUL POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT. WE KNOW THAT A MILITARY STRATEGY ALONE CANNOT CREATE COMMERCE AND JOBS FOR THE IRAQI PEOPLE. A MILITARY STRATEGY EYE LONE CANNOT REBUILD THE BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE THAT HAS BEEN DESTROYED OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS. A MILITARY STRATEGY MUST BE COMBINED WITH SUFFICIENT POLITICAL, DIPLOMATIC COMPONENTS BUT THAT'S NOT HAPPENING HERE. I DISAGREE WITH MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES IN THIS CHAMBER WHO SUPPORT THE IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL OF U.S. TROOPS. WE HAVE HEARD FROM TOO MANY GENERALS, INCLUDING THOSE WHO HAVE SPOKEN OUT AGAINST THIS ESCALATION, ABOUT THE DANGERS THAT EVEN MORE VIOLENCE AND INSTABILITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST IF WE SIMPLY WITHDRAW. I DO BELIEVE AMERICAN TROOPS HAVE A ROLE IN IRAQ, A SUPPORTING ROLE. THEY SHOULD CONTINUE TO TRAIN IRAQI SOLDIERS AND THEIR MISSION MUST ULTIMATELY BE TO PUT THE IRAQIS IN CHARGE OF THEIR OWN SECURITY AND STABILITY. BUT LET ME BE CLEAR, AMERICAN TROOPS HAVE NO PLACE IN THE MIDDLE OF A CIVIL WAR. THIS RESOLUTION REAFFIRMS THIS BODY'S SUPPORT FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. MANY OF OUR TROOPS HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES OR SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURY SO THAT ONE DAY THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ MAY ENJOY THE SAME FREEDOMS WE HAVE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THEIR SERVICE AND THEIR SACRIFICE MAKE ME EVEN MORE PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN. I HOPE AND PRAY THAT WE CAN HAVE ALL OF OUR BRAVE WOMEN AND MEN IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN RETURN SAFELY TO THEIR FAMILIES. BUT WHILE THEY'RE IN HARM'S WAY WE MUST HONOR THEIR SERVICE BY ENSURING THAT THE BURDEN OF SUCCESS OR FAILURE IS NOT LEFT TO THEM ALONE. WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO UTILIZE EVERY POLITICAL, DIPLOMATIC AND ECONOMIC TOOL AT OUR DISPOSAL TO ENSURE SUCCESS IN IRAQ. THANK YOU, AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 05:59:59 PM

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    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND…

    THANK YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE FROM NEW JERSEY FOR YIELDING ME TIME. MADAM SPEAKER, THIS NONBINDING RESOLUTION IS REALLY A NON SENSECAL POLITICAL STATEMENT. IT WILL DEPRIVE OUR TROOPS OF THE REINFORCEMENTS THEY SO DESPERATELY THEY NEED. LET'S GIVE THEM THE REINFORCEMENTS THAT THEY WANT. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU WERE AN AMERICAN SOLDIER IN IRAQ AND CONGRESS PASSED THIS RESOLUTION? IT'S LIKE TELLING YOU TO FIGHT WITH ONE ARM BEHIND YOUR BACK, AND THAT'S NO WAY TO DEFEAT A TERRORIST. . IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ASSIST OUR TROOPS, NOT DISCOURAGING THEM BY IGNORING THEIR NEEDS. THIS POLITICAL RESOLUTION SHORT CHANGES OUR GERMS AND THEIR TROOPS. INSTEAD, WE SHOULD SUPPORT THOSE WHO ARE SACRIFICING THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OURS. OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM DESIRE ONLY TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY WITH HONOR. RATHER THAN DENY THEM WHAT THEY WANT, WE SHOULD GIVE THEM THE RESOURCES THEY DESERVE. UNFORTUNATELY, MANY TERRORISTS HATE OUR COUNTRY, OUR CITIZENS, OUR FREEDOMS AND OUR WAY OF LIFE. THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR IS FIERCE. THIS IS NO TIME TO APPEAR WEAK. LONDON, MOSCOW, MADRID AND SIX OTHER CITIES AROUND THE WORLD HAVE SUFFERED TERRORIST ATTACKS SINCE 9/11. BUT THERE'S A REASON NO TERRORIST ATTACK HAS OCCURRED IN AMERICA SINCE 2001. IT'S NOT BECAUSE SOME WOULD SECOND GUESS OUR MILITARY. IT'S BECAUSE OUR TROOPS WANT TO WIN. AND WE SHOULD GIVE THEM THAT OPPORTUNITY. MADAM SPEAKER, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO OPPOSE THIS RESOLUTION AND SEND THE TROOPS THIS MESSAGE, WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU. MADAM SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 06:02:03 PM

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    MR. REYES

    MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN…

    MADAM SPEAKER. IT'S MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN, MR. LEVIN.

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  • 06:02:20 PM

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    MR. LEVIN

    RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION BEFORE THE HOUSE. WE NEED TO…

    RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION BEFORE THE HOUSE. WE NEED TO SEND A CLEAR BIPARTISAN MESSAGE TO THE WHITE HOUSE. THERE IS LITTLE SUPPORT IN THIS CONGRESS FOR DEEPENING OUR OPEN-ENDED MILITARY COMMITMENT IN IRAQ BY SENDING AN ADDITIONAL 21,000 TROOPS INTO THIS CONFLICT. THE DEBATE WE ARE HAVING TODAY IS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR NATION'S POLICY IN IRAQ. SO MY MAIN FOCUS WILL NOT BE TO CATALOG THE LITANY OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S PAST GRAVE MISTAKES AND MISSTATEMENTS OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS. AT THE SAME TIME, AS A LESSON FOR THE FUTURE, IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT THE WAR IN IRAQ WAS THE FIRST APPLICATION OF THE BUSH DOCTRINE. THIS POLICY WAS UNVEILED BY THE PRESIDENT IN HIS COMMENCEMENT SPEECH AT WEST POINT IN JUNE, 2002, AND MADE POLICY A FEW MONTHS LATER IN THE ADMINISTRATION'S 2002 NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY. THE ADMINISTRATION'S DOCTRINE STRESSED PREEMPTIVE ATTACK, U.S. MILITARY SUPERIORITY AND U.S. UNILATERAL ACTION. THIS FLAWED POLICY HAS PROVEN TO BE DISASTROUS. IT IS DESTABILIZED IRAQ AND THREATENS TO UNDERMINE THE STABILITY OF THE ENTIRE REGION. IT BLINDED THE ADMINISTRATION TO THE PAN DORA'S BOX IT WAS OPENING. WHEN IT INVADED IRAQ IN SEARCH OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION THAT DID NOT EXIST AND 9/11 TERRORISTS THAT WERE NOT THERE. FAR FROM STRENGTHENING U.S. SECURITY, THIS MISGUIDED DOCTRINE HAS PUT OUR NATION'S VITAL INTERESTS AT GREATER RISK. THE ELEVATION OF UNILATERALISM HAS HELPED ERODE OUR NATION'S STANDING IN THE WORLD. THE RELEASED N.I.E. ESTIMATE FOR IRAQ UNDERSCORES JUST HOW FLAWED THE ADMINISTRATION'S DOCTRINE HAS BEEN. AMONG THE KEY JUDGMENTS, I QUOTE, IRAQI'S SOCIETY GROWING POLARIZATION, THE PERSIST TENTH WEAKNESS OF THE SECURITY FORCES AND THE STATE IN GENERAL. EXTREMISTS CONTINUE TO ACT AS AN ACCELERATOR WHICH HAS BEEN A SELF-SUSTAINING SECTARIAN STRUGGLE BETWEEN SHIA AND SUNNIS. AND NOW I QUOTE AGAIN, THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY JUDGES THAT THE TERM CIVIL WAR DOES NOT ADEQUATELY CAPTURE THE COMPLEXITY OF THE CONFLICT IN IRAQ. THE JUDGMENTS OF THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE REINFORCED THE VIEW THAT A MILITARY SOLUTION IN IRAQ IS NOT POSSIBLE. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS ATTEMPTED TROOP SURGES IN THE PAST. THEY HAVEN'T WORKED. ADDING ANOTHER 21,000 AMERICAN TROOPS WILL NOT PUT AN END TO VIOLENCE AND INSTABILITY IN IRAQ. THE ONLY CHANCE TO DO THAT IS FOR IRAQ'S LEADERS AND FACTIONS TO COME TOGETHER AND BEGIN THE DIFFICULT PROCESS OF COMPROMISE AND RECONCILIATION. I BELIEVE ANNOUNCING THE REDEPLOYMENT OF U.S. FORCES IS THE BEST WAY TO PUT PRESSURE ON THE FACTIONS IN IRAQ TO COME TOGETHER AND MAKE THESE DIFFICULT CHOICES. AND THIS RESOLUTION STATES CLEARLY THAT CONGRESS DOES NOT SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN. IT SUPPORTS OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL, BUT NOT A FURTHER MILITARY ESCALATION. SOME HAVE SAID IT'S NOT SERIOUS BECAUSE IT'S NONBINDING. OTHERS HAVE SAID THAT THE RESOLUTION EMBOLDENS OUR ENEMY AND HURTS OUR TROOPS. HOW DOES IT DO THAT FOR THIS CONGRESS TO CONTINUE APPROVE A STRATEGY THAT IS WORKING. THE RESOLUTION WE ARE DEBATING TODAY IS NONBINDING BUT IS NOT NONCONSEQUENTIAL. I HOPE THE PRESIDENT WILL HEAR THE MESSAGE WE ARE SENDING AND CHANGE COURSE. THE QUESTION TODAY BEFORE THE HOUSE IS WHETHER OR NOT WE AGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO SEND 21,000 ADDITIONAL TROOPS TO IRAQ TO REFEREE A GROWING CIVIL WAR. I DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS ESCALATION. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN IN CALLING ON THE PRESIDENT TO CHANGE COURSE IN IRAQ. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 06:07:05 PM

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  • 06:07:23 PM

    MRS. MUSGRAVE

    STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS NONBINDING RESOLUTION. THIS ISN'T A DEBATE. WE…

    STRONG OPPOSITION TO THIS NONBINDING RESOLUTION. THIS ISN'T A DEBATE. WE DIDN'T HAVE AN OPEN RULE. THIS IS THE WRONG RESOLUTION AND SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE TO OUR TROOPS, TO OUR ENEMIES, TO OUR ALLIES. TODAY, LIKE MANY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DO ON A REGULAR BASIS, I VISITED WALTER REED. WHILE I WAS THERE, I VISITED WITH A YOUNG MAN FROM MY DISTRICT. HE HAD SEVERE INJURIES. AND AS I SAT AND TALKED TO HIM, HIS EMPTY EYE SOCKET TIERED. HE HAD DAMAGE TO HIS FACE AND ARMS THAT HE USED TO PROTECT HIS FACE. HE WAS IN A HUMVEE WHEN AN I.E.D. EXPLODED AND HE TURNED THE HUMVEE TOWARDS THE I.E.D. TO PROTECT THE OTHER MEN. I TALKED TO ANOTHER YOUNG MAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, WHO HAD BEEN ON THREE TOURS IN IRAQ. AND ON HIS THIRD TOUR WHILE TRAINING, HE LOST HIS HANDS. I ALSO SPOKE TO A YOUNG MAN FROM TEXAS ONLY 20 YEARS OLD AND THIS YOUNG MAN HAS SEVERE INJURIES, SPECIFICALLY TO HIS ARM. SO WE ALL KNOW THERE THAT THE COST OF WAR IS VERY HIGH. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE ATTENDED FUNERALS AND WEPT WITH MOTHERS AND FATHERS, FAMILIES, PEOPLE IN MY AGE GROUP LOOK AT THESE SOLDIERS AND THEY ARE THE AGE OF OUR KIDS AND IT TOUCHES OR HEARTS AND WE KNOW THAT THE SACRIFICES THAT ARE MADE ARE INCREDIBLE. AND THESE PEOPLE NEED TO FEEL THE GRATITUDE FROM THE ENTIRE NATION, GRATITUDE AND RESPECT. I BELIEVE THIS RESOLUTION SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE. WHAT IS NOT BEING CONSIDERED ADEQUATELY IN THIS COUNTRY IS THE COST OF FAILURE IN IRAQ. WHEN WE THINK OF OUR ENEMIES BEING EMBOLDENED AND THE VAST RESOURCES OUR ENEMIES WILL HAVE ACCESS TO TO ACQUIRE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION ARE ALMOST IMMEASURABLE. AS I THINK ABOUT THIS COST OF FAILURE IN IRAQ AND INDEED, IN THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR, I THINK ABOUT HOW WE AMERICANS MAKE AN ASSUMPTION. WE ASSUME, MOST OF US, WHEN WE GO TO BED AT NIGHT, WHEN WE WAKE UP, TOMORROW IS GOING TO BE LIKE TODAY, THAT THINGS WILL GO ON LIKE THEY HAVE GONE ON. BUT I WOULD SAY THIS WONDERFUL THING THAT WE HAVE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THESE FREEDOMS AND LIBERTIES ARE VERY FRAGILE. THEY'RE VERY FRAGILE WHEN WE FACE RADICAL JIHADISTS THAT WOULD MURDER US, THINKING THAT IT WILL TAKE THEM STRAIGHT TO PARADISE. WE HAVE TO FIGHT THIS WAR ON TERROR. WE HAVE TO WIN IN IRAQ. I TALKED TO A RETIRED GENERAL YESTERDAY, AND I BELIEVE HE SAID IT ALL. HE SAID YOU'RE DONE THERE DEBATING, AREN'T YOU? YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE UNITED, WE QUIT RESOLUTION. I BELIEVE WE HAVE A CHOICE. UNITED WE STAND OR UNITED WE QUIT. AND OUR CHOICE WILL ECHO DOWN THE HALLS OF HISTORY. THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS.

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    MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA, MR. ELL SON

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    THAT MY GREAT FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. REYES, COMMENTED ON. I…

    THAT MY GREAT FRIEND, THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, MR. REYES, COMMENTED ON. I MADE A COMMENT A FEW MINUTES AGO THAT I UNDERSTOOD THE DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP OR MEMBERS OF THAT LEADERSHIP STATED THEY WOULD USE D.O.D. MANAGEMENT POLICIES TO CUT OFF THE SENDING OF EITHER REINFORCEMENTS OR SUPPLIES TO THE WAR FIGHTING THEATER. AND THAT I WOULD OPPOSE THAT VERY STRONGLY. MY FRIEND, MR. REYES, EXPRESSED DOUBT THAT THAT HAD HAPPENED. HE SAID HE HASN'T HEARD ABOUT IT. I WANTED TO INFORM HIM I HAVE THE REUTERS REPORT, IT QUOTES OUR COLLEAGUE MR. MURTHA, I QUOTE, A LEADING CONGRESSIONAL OPPONENT OF THE WAR IN IRAQ ON THURSDAY SAID HIS PLANS FOR PLACING CONDITIONS ON HOW PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH CAN SPEND $93.4 BILLION IN NEW COMBAT FUNDS WOULD EFFECTIVELY STOP AN AMERICAN TROOP BUILDUP. AND I QUOTE THIS IS QUOTING MR. MURTHA -- JOINT THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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  • 06:18:21 PM

    MR. HUNTER

    AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE, MADAM SPEAKER.

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    MR. MURTHA SAID THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO CONTINUE. THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO DO…

    MR. MURTHA SAID THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO CONTINUE. THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO DO THE DEPLOYMENT. THEY WON'T HAVE THE EQUIPMENT. THEY DON'T HAVE THE TRAINING AND THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO DO THE WORK. THERE'S NO QUESTION IN MY MIND. THAT IS THE STATEMENT UPON WHICH I BASED MY REMARKS A FEW MINUTES AGO. IT APPEARS THAT STATEMENT MAY BE MADE.

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  • 06:18:50 PM

    MR. REYES

    SAY YOU SPOKE WITH MR. MURTHA.

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    AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND. WHAT IS MY FRIEND'S STATEMENT?

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    GOOD FRIEND AND I HAVE DISCUSSED NOT TO QUOTE MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA BECAUSE…

    GOOD FRIEND AND I HAVE DISCUSSED NOT TO QUOTE MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA BECAUSE MOST OF THE TIME THEY GET IT WRONG. SO I WOULD WAIT UNTIL WE TALK TO MR. MURTHA.

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  • 06:25:33 PM

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    MS. ESHOO

    MOST SOLEMN JUDGMENT ON IRAQ IN LAST NOVEMBER'S ELECTION. THEY SAID IN…

    MOST SOLEMN JUDGMENT ON IRAQ IN LAST NOVEMBER'S ELECTION. THEY SAID IN OVERWHELMING NUMBERS TO CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF THIS WAR, TO DEESCALATE, NOT ESCALATE. THAT'S WHAT THIS DEBATE IS ABOUT. WE PAY TRIBUTE TO AND HONOR OUR TROOPS WITH THEIR SERVICE. WE SAY AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SAID, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO VOTE FOR THIS RESOLUTION AND YIELD BACK.

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    MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA, MR. PORTER. THE GENTLEMAN IS…

    MINUTES TO THE THE GENTLEMAN FROM NEVADA, MR. PORTER. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 06:42:15 PM

    MR. PORTER

    THE GREATEST ISSUE FACING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TODAY. I RISE IN OPPOSITION…

    THE GREATEST ISSUE FACING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TODAY. I RISE IN OPPOSITION TO THE RESOLUTION. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE 26 FAMILIES THAT HAVE LOST LOVED ONES IN THIS WAR AND OVER 3,000 AMERICAN CITIZENS THAT HAVE PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. I CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN THE WAR ZONE TODAY AROUND THE WORLD AND FOR THE FAMILIES HERE AT HOME. YES, A LOT OF MISTAKES HAVE BEEN MADE. BUT IT'S EASY ON MONDAY MORNING TO LOOK BACK AND CRITICIZE. THIS WAR ON TERRORISM IS NOT IN THE TEXTBOOKS. IT'S A WAR THAT MUST CONTINUALLY BE REASSESSED, REALIGNED AND RESTRUCTURED, BECAUSE WAR IS NOT PERFECT. I WANT TO BRING THE TROOPS HOME JUST AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, AS SOON AS THE REGION IS SECURED. THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES, BUT I BELIEVE THE QUICKEST WAY TO BRING OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS HOME IS TO SEND ADDITIONAL TROOPS FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. MADAM SPEAKER, I OPPOSE THIS RESOLUTION FOR THREE MAJOR REASONS. NUMBER ONE, THE IMPACT ON TROOP MORALE. NUMBER TWO, THERE ARE NO SOLUTIONS TODAY. THIS RESOLUTION STICKS WITH STAYING THE COURSE. AND NUMBER THREE, I BELIEVE THIS RESOLUTION PUTS US IN THE PATHWAY OF CUTTING OFF FUNDS DESPERATELY NEEDED FOR OUR TROOPS. FIRST ON THE MORALE. EVIDENCE THE HONOR TO BE IN THE MIDDLE EAST IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN ON THREE OCCASIONS. I BELIEVE MORE TIMES THAN ANYONE IN OUR DELEGATION FROM NEVADA. I HAVE LOOKED IN THE EYES OF THESE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN OF ALL AGES IN THE DESERTS OF IRAQ, AND WALTER REED HOSPITAL. TO A PERSON, MORALE IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH, BUT WHAT I HEAR IS THAT WASHINGTON HAS LOOKED THE OTHER WAY. THEY DON'T WANT TO BE THE LAST MAN KILLED. AND THEY ARE AFRAID THE FUNDS WILL BE REDUCED AND CUT OFF. AND YOU KNOW, I EVEN DISAGREE WITH SECRETARY GATES AND HIS PERSPECTIVE AND CERTAINLY WITH THE DEMOCRATS WITH THEIR APPROACH THAT THIS DEBATE DOES NOT SEND THE WRONG MESSAGE. I BELIEVE YOU'RE WRONG. IT DOES. I RECEIVED THIS E-MAIL JUST THIS WEEK FROM A SOLDIER I SPENT CHRISTMAS EVE WITH IN BAGHDAD THIS PAST CHRISTMAS AND HE SAID, CONGRESSMAN, EVERY DAY, WE ARE BURDENED WITH STORIES IN THE MEDIA OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANTING TO CUT AND RUN WITH SLANTED COVERAGE OF ATROCITIES AND THE ARGUMENT THAT IT'S POSSIBLE TO SUPPORT THE TROOPS, BUT NOT THE WAR. I DISAGREE, CONGRESSMAN. SOMEONE THAT SUPPORTS ME, BY EXTENSION SUPPORTS MY EFFORTS TO ACCOMPLISH MY MISSION. MADAM CHAIRMAN, I HOPE THIS CONGRESS HEEDS HIS WORDS. ANOTHER YOUNG MAN FROM NEVADA VISITED THE CAPITOL LAST YEAR AND WANTED A TOUR OF THE CAPITOL. HE WAS PROUD OF HIS UNIFORM BECAUSE HE WAS A SOLDIER SERVING IN THE MIDDLE EAST, BUT HE WAS AFRAID HE WOULD BE SCORN THE. NOT UNLIKE OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT WERE SCORNED WHEN THEY RETURNED FROM VIETNAM. THROUGH THIS RESOLUTION, WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEND THE WRONG MESSAGE TO THOSE WHO PROTECT OUR NATION. THERE ARE NO SOLUTIONS IN THIS RESOLUTION. MY FATHER TAUGHT ME A LONG TIME AGO BEFORE YOU COMPLAIN YOU NEED TO HAVE A SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM. THE DEMOCRATS HAVE NOT PRESENTED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH A SOLUTION. ONLY A RESOLUTION THAT ENDORSES STAY THE COURSE, WHICH AS WE SAW IN NOVEMBER, IS UNACCEPTABLE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS IS NOT ABOUT LEADERSHIP. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. I'M OPEN FOR IDEAS AND SUGGESTIONS AS WE FIGHT THIS WAR ON TERROR, BUT WE MUST, WE MUST WIN THIS WAR AND THE THIRD REASON, THIS RESOLUTION OPENS THE DOOR TO CUTTING FUNDS DESPERATELY NEEDED BY OUR TROOPS. . THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT CUTTING FUNDS FOR BODY AR MORE, FOR FOOD AND MILITARY EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES. THIS RESOLUTION AND THEIR ASSERTION THAT THIS RESOLUTION SIMULTANEOUSLY OFFERS SUPPORT FOR THE SOLDIERS BUT NOT THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN IS DISINGENUOUS. THIS OPENS THE DOOR FOR CONGRESS TO MOVE FORWARD CUTTING OFF FUNDS FOR OUR TROOPS. WE'VE HEARD IT THIS WEEK. AND SIMPLY HAD THE DEMOCRATS ALLOWED THE REPUBLICANS TO ADD ONE SENTENCE THAT WE WOULD GUARANTEE WE WOULD NOT REDUCE THE FUNDS WOULD HAVE CHANGED THE WHOLE OUTCOME OF THIS RESOLUTION. MADAM SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE THIS OPPORTUNITY BUT THIS RESOLUTION IS A RESOLUTION OF HYPOCRISY. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SPOKE IN NOVEMBER AND SAID WE MUST NOT STAY THE COURSE. I CANNOT SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION AND I DON'T BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN.

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    FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. ROYBAL-ALLARD.

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    YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM NEW YORK, MR. RENLEDS.

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    REYNOLDS: WE HAVE CONSTITUENTS WHO HAVE SERVED BRAVERY IN IRAQ AND SOME…

    REYNOLDS: WE HAVE CONSTITUENTS WHO HAVE SERVED BRAVERY IN IRAQ AND SOME HAVE PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE FOR THIS SERVICE AND WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR THAT. THESE MEN AND WOMEN PUT OUR FREEDOMS AP OUR COUNTRY BEFORE THEMSELVES. IT IS THIS FREEDOM THAT AFFORDS US THE ABILITY TO UNDERTAKE THE DEBATE ON THIS SHALLOW, SHORTSIGHTED RESOLUTION. IF THE PURPOSE OF THIS RESOLUTION IS SCORING POLITICAL POINTS AND PLAYING POLITICAL GAMES, THEN BRAVO TO THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY. THEY HAVE SUCCEEDED. BUT IF THE PURPOSE OF THIS RESOLUTION IS FOR A NEW DIRECTION IN IRAQ THAT WILL SECURE VICTORY AND THE SECOND DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST THIS RESOLUTION COMES UP WOEFULLY SHORT. I AM NOT PREPARED TO LOOK AT OUR SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN THEIR EYES AND SAY I VOTED FOR THIS RESOLUTION BECAUSE WHILE I SUPPORT YOU I DO NOT SUPPORT YOUR MISSION. WE DEBATE A RESOLUTION THIS WEEK THAT REPRESENTS A CAVALIER ATTITUDE ABOUT THE MISSION OUR TROOPS ARE CARRYING OUT DAY IN AND DAY OUT. WITHOUT FEAR AND WITHOUT KNOWING WHETHER SOME IN THE HALLS OF THIS CONGRESS STILL SUPPORT THEM IN THIS WAR ON TERROR. WHILE WE DEBATE THIS RESOLUTION, LET ME BE CLEAR, LIKE MY CONSTITUENTS MY PATIENCE IS LIMITED IN IRAQ. WE MUST SEE MORE PROGRESS SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. WE MUST SEE THE IRAQIS PLAY A LARGER ROLE AND TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR COUNTRY. THE IRAQIS NEED TO RECOGNIZE THEIR FAILURE TO TAKE CONTROL HAS CONSEQUENCES. THE CONSEQUENCES OF FULFILLING BIN LADEN'S WISH TO SEE IRAQ BECOME A NEW CENTRAL BASE FOR TERRORISTS, THE CONSEQUENCES OF DESTABILIZING THE MIDDLE EAST AND ENDANGERING ISRAEL, OUR STRONGEST DEMOCRATIC ALLY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THE CONSEQUENCES OF EMBOLDENING OUR ENEMIES LIKE IRAN AND OTHER ROGUE STATES TO DEVELOP WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION WITHOUT THE FEAR OF REPERCUSSIONS. ULTIMATELY IN IRAQ, IT IS IRAQIS WHO WILL DECIDE IF DEMOCRACY OR TYRANNY RULE THE DAY AND WHETHER THEY AVOID THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR FAILURE. WHILE MY PATIENCE IS LIMITED AND I WANT TO SEE PROGRESS, I WILL NOT PLAY POLITICS WITH OUR TROOPS, WHICH IS WHAT THIS RESOLUTION DOES. LIKE MAJORITY LEADER HOYER SAID YESTERDAY, NO ONE SHOULD HIDE BEHIND THE TROOPS. I AGREE. BUT EQUALLY IMPORTANT, MEMBERS OF THIS BODY SHOULD NOT BE HIDING BEHIND THIS RESOLUTION IF THEIR TRUE AIM IS TO CUT OFF FUNDING FOR OUR TROOPS BECAUSE WHILE THIS RESOLUTION WILL INDEED SCORE A FEW POLITICAL POINTS FOR SOME DEBATING IN THIS CHAMBER TODAY, THIS RESOLUTION ALSO SENDS A MESSAGE FAR BEYOND THIS CHAMBER. INDEED, MR. SPEAKER, MADAM SPEAKER, THIS NONBINDING RESOLUTION WHILE LACKING ANY BITE IN TERMS OF STRATEGY AND NOT CHANGING ANYTHING ON THE GROUND IN BAGHDAD, WILL SEND A MESSAGE LOUD AND CLEAR TO OUR TROOPS. WE ARE CONSIGNING YOUR MISSION TO FAILURE BEFORE YOU EVEN HAVE A CHANCE TO EXECUTE IT. AS I LISTENED TO SAM JOHNSON TODAY AS HE RECOUNTED THE UNSPEAKABLE DAMAGE ANTI-WAR EFFORTS BACK HOME DID TO OUR SOLDIERS IN VIETNAM I WONDERED WHETHER OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN ARE LISTENING TO THE TAUNTS OF AMERICA'S ENEMIES AT THIS MOMENT AS WE DEBATE NOT JUST THIS RESOLUTION BUT THEIR MISSION. SAM JOHNSON IS NOT ALONE IN QUESTIONING THE DAMAGE WE MAY BE DOING TO THE MORALE OF THOSE FIGHTING FORCES. ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS, HIGHLY DECORATED IRAQ WAR VETERAN WROTE, QUOTE, EACH DAY MOVES US CLOSER TO LOSING A WINNABLE WAR AND ABANDONING A WORTHY ALLY, END QUOTE. MADAM SPEAKER, FOR CONGRESS TO SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION GIVES ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE JIHADISTS AND CUTS THE MORALE OF OUR TROOPS. IN OUR GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR WE CANNOT SHOW A LACK OF RESOLVE BECAUSE AS WE KNOW, AFTER DECADES OF ATTACKS BY THESE JIHADISTS ON OUR CITIZENS, THE WORLD TRADE CENTER IN 1993, OUR EMBASSIES AND THE U.S.S. COLE. WE KNOW WHAT A LACK OF RESOLVE HAS MEANT. THAT LACK OF RESOLVE HIT US ALL WHEN THE JIHADISTS ATTACKED US AGAIN ON THE MORNING OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. THAT FATEFUL TUESDAY BROUGHT DEVASTATION TO THIS COUNTRY NOT SEEN SINCE PEARL HARBOR AND GOD WILLING THAT WE WILL NEVER EXPERIENCE AGAIN. THE SKIES WERE THICK WITH SMOKE, AGREE PILED SO HIGH IT BROUGHT TO A STAND STILL THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS. I ASK TOORM IF SHE WOULD YIELD 30 SECONDS.

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    SPEAKER IN THE DAUNTING CHALLENGE OF OUR TIME WE MUST NOT WAIVER AND WE…

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    I CANNOT HAVE THAT ON MY CONSCIOUS. WE ALL REALIZE THE GOOD THAT WE ARE…

    I CANNOT HAVE THAT ON MY CONSCIOUS. WE ALL REALIZE THE GOOD THAT WE ARE DOING HERE. WE DON'T TRY TO SAVE THE WORLD, AT LEAST I DON'T. THAT IS TOO MUCH TO ASK OF ONE PERSON. BUT RATHER TRY FOR THE ONES CLOSEST TO US, MY SON AND MY WIFE. BUT WHEN THEY ARE GONE, WHO IS IT FOR? EVERY DAY I AM HERE I TELL MYSELF I DO THIS FOR THEM. AND OTHERS FEEL THE SAME WAY. I AM NOT ASKING YOU TO CHANGE THE WAY THINGS ARE BUT RATHER VOICE YOUR OPINION AND RAISE A FLAG FOR THOSE OF US THAT CANNOT. WITH YOUR REPUTATION AND YOUR INFLUENCE, OTHERS IN HELPING US CUT OUR DEPLOYMENTS TO SHORTER PERIOD OF TIMES. WE ARE NOT ASKING TO LEAVE IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN BUT RATHER TO CUT THE TIME AWAY FROM HOME. WHEN YOU START STACKING DEPLOYMENTS ON TOP OF EACH OTHER, FAMILIES GET BROKEN. WHEN THAT HAPPENS YOU GET SERVICE MEMBERS WHO CANNOT PERFORM. AT WHAT COST WHEN YOUR LIFE IS FALLING APART? SIGNED, SERGEANT BIEZA. MADAM SPEAKER, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING TO OUR MILITARY FAMILIES. THAT'S WHAT THIS RESOLUTION IS ABOUT. IT'S ABOUT HAVING THE IRAQIS ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN COUNTRY AND FOR THEIR OWN RESPONSIBILITY IN TAKING CARE OF THEMSELVES. THAT'S WHY WE ARE DOING THIS. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

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    THEATRICALLY DEBATING THIS NONBINDING, THAT MEANS, PRETEND RESOLUTION.…

    THEATRICALLY DEBATING THIS NONBINDING, THAT MEANS, PRETEND RESOLUTION. WHILE THE OTHER CHANNELS SHOWED AN AMERICAN CHOPPER HIT BY ROCKET AND BILLOING BLACK SMOKE FALLING IN THE GROUND KILLING ALL AMERICAN SOLDIERS ABOARD. TONIGHT, OUR SOLDIERS FACE REAL BULLETS AND REAL EXPLOSIVE DEVICES. WE DEBATE A PRETEND RESOLUTION. I WISH I COULD SAY THIS IS A WASTE OF TIME BUT IT IS FAR MORE THAN THAT. OUR CONGRESS STANDS DIVIDED FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE. OUR ENEMIES ARE SMILING AND OUR SOLDIERS ARE SICK AT HEART. DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. LET ME READ YOU AN EMAIL THAT I RECEIVED WHO SERVED IN THE GULF WAR AND AGAIN IN IRAQ ON THIS WAR ON TERROR. HE WRITES, THE TROOPS SUPPORT THE MISSION, SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT AND SUPPORT THE SURGE. WE ARE MOVING A BRIGADE OUT OF HERE SOON. I CAN'T BE MORE ADDMENT ABOUT THE FACT THAT THIS IS HURTING THE MORALE. WE WANT TO WIN THE WAR, NOT THE WHITE HOUSE. I FEAR THAT SOME SEE THAT IN THE OTHER ORDER. THE TROOPS WANT TO COMPLETE THIS MISSION. CONGRESS WANTED TO CHANGE IN STRATEGY. NOW THEY DON'T WANT TO SUPPORT THE CHANGE. THAT'S EXACTLY WHY VIETNAM VETS COMPLAINED ABOUT POLITICS NOT ALLOWING THEM TO WIN. AND THIS ISN'T VIETNAM ALL OVER AGAIN, BUT THE POLITICIANS ARE MAKING THE SAME MISTAKES THEY DID BACK THEN. LET THE GENERALS RUN THE WAR. YOU GUYS HANDLE IMMIGRATION. LISTENING TO THIS DEBATE, PERHAPS WE SHOULD RUNNING THE WAR OVER TO CONGRESS. UNBEKNOWNST TO AMERICA, PERHAPS THE MOST BRILLIANT MILITARY STRATEGIST ON THE EARTH HAVE TO BE HERE ON CONGRESS. BUT A WORD OF CAUTION, IT'S EASY TO RUN A WAR WHEN YOU'RE 6,000 MILES AWAY FROM BAGHDAD AND HOLD A MICROPHONE FOR A GUN. THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. THE MOMENT CONGRESS BEGINS INTERFERING IN BATTLEFIELD DECISIONS IS THE MOMENT WE ARE ASSURED OF LOSING THIS WAR, AND THAT MOMENT IS DANGEROUSLY NEAR. I SUPPORT THIS SURGE. IF OUR MIRLED LEADERS AND THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF NEEDS THESE EXTRA SOLDIERS, I'M BEHIND THEM 110TH. AM I CERTAIN THE SURGE WILL WORK? NO. BUT I'M CERTAIN THE CONSEQUENCES OF FAILURE IN IRAQ WILL ULTIMATELY COST US MANY MORE INNOCENT LIVES AND A MUCH DARKER FUTURE, NOT JUST FOR IRAQ, BUT FOR MY FAMILY AND YOURS. IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, WE ARE IN A BATTLE OF WILLS. SHOULD AMERICA RETREAT, SHOULD WE WITHDRAW PREMATURELY, WE WILL NOT ONLY CEMENT OUR REPUTATION AS A NATION THAT TALKS BIG AND ACTS BOLDLY, BUT AT THE FIRST SIGNS OF DIFFICULTY SHOWS NO WILL, NO BACKBONE, NO STRENGTH TO KEEP OUR WORD. THE WORLD WATCHED US RUN FROM SOMALIA. TODAY THEY SEE OUR BACKBONE DISINTEGRATE OVER IRAQ. THEY'VE WATCHED THIS OVER A QUARTER OF A CENTURY. FINALLY IT HIT HOME AND ALREADY SOME IN CONGRESS ARE FLYING THE WHITE FLAG. THINK. NATIONS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN ARE FACED WITH A CHOICE. THEY CAN LIVE WITH TERRORISTS AMONG THEM OR LIVE IN A FREE SOCIETY WITH THE PROTECTION AND THE BACKING OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST DEMOCRACY, THAT'S US. WITH THEIR LIVES AND THE FUTURES ON THE LINE, WHO WILL THEY CHOOSE? AND ISN'T IT SAD THAT TODAY THE WORLD HAS JUST ABOUT DECIDED THAT AMERICA WILL NOT KEEP ITS WORD, AMERICA CAN'T BE COUNTED ON? TERRORISTS KNOW THAT WHILE THEY CAN'T HOPE TO DEFEAT OUR MILITARY ON THE BATTLEGROUND, THEY ARE SURE THAT IF THEY HOLD OUT THEY CAN DEFEAT US IN CONGRESS, ONE OPINION POLL AT A TIME. THIS IS A TEST OF WILLS. AND WHETHER WE GOT HERE FOR THE REASONS YOU AGREE WITH OR NOT, THIS IS A TEST. I BELIEVE WE'RE HERE FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. IT'S INCREDIBLY NAIVE TO BELIEVE THAT ALL THE TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS OF THE WORLD WHO ARE CONVENIENTLY GATHERED IN AFGHANISTAN, LIKE A ROTARY CLUB. WE WERE WRONG TO PURSUE TERRORIST SAFE HAVENS OTHERS THAN THOSE THAT HARBOR AL QAEDA WHILE WE SHUNT PURSUE DRURG CARTELS OTHER THAN THE ONES THAT WE BELIEVE SMUGGLED TO YOUR CHILD. WE HAVE TO PURR SEE THEM. BUT WHETHER OR NOT YOU AGREE WITH HOW WE GOT HERE, WE ARE THERE IN IRAQ. AND THE NATION OF IRAQ AND OUR NATION HAVE EVERYTHING RIDING ON THE LINE. THIS IS A MISSION WE MUST COMPLETE FOR OUR SAKE. THOMAS EDISON SAID MANY OF LIFE'S FAILURES -- I ASK FOR AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, WHETHER YOU ARE FOR OR AGAINST…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. MADAM SPEAKER, WHETHER YOU ARE FOR OR AGAINST THE WAR IN IRAQ, WHETHER YOU THINK THE ADMINISTRATION HAS DONE A GOOD JOB OR NOT, NONE OF THAT, MADAM SPEAKER, IS THE SUBJECT OF THIS RESOLUTION. THE ISSUE THAT WE ARE HERE DEBATING NOW IS WHETHER OR NOT WE SUPPORT THE REINFORCEMENTS THAT THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF HAS SENT TO IRAQ. AT THE REQUEST OF THE COMMANDERS ON THE FIELD, THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF MADE THE DECISION TO SEND THE REQUESTED REINFORCEMENTS TO IRAQ. MANY OF THEM ARE ALREADY THERE, MADAM SPEAKER. THOSE FINE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE ALREADY BEEN SENT TO IRAQ. THE TRAGIC EFFECT OF THIS RESOLUTION IS TO SABOTAGE THE MORALE OF OUR TROOPS AND TO BROADCAST TO OUR ENEMIES THAT CONGRESS DOES NOT SUPPORT OUR SOLDIERS' MISSION. OUR NATION'S TROOPS ARE THE BRAVEST AND MOST DEDICATED MEN AND WOMEN ON THIS EARTH. THEY ARE RISKING THEIR LIVES EVERY SINGLE DAY TO PRESERVE OUR FREEDOM AND TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF ALL AMERICANS. THEY ARE NOT LETTING US DOWN. WE CANNOT LET THEM DOWN. AGAIN, MADAM SPEAKER, THE ISSUE HERE IS NOT WHETHER YOU SUPPORT OR YOU OPPOSE THE WAR. IT IS WHETHER YOU SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. EVERY AMERICAN, MADAM SPEAKER, EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD AGREE THAT IT IS IN OUR NATION'S BEST INTEREST TO ENSURE THAT IRAQ DOES NOT FALL INTO THE HANDS OF TERRORIST GROUPS OF A TERRORIST STATE, LIKE IRAN. THE CONSEQUENCES OF THAT HAPPENING, THE CONSEQUENCES OF THAT HAPPENING WOULD BE CATASTROPHIC FOR THE REGION, FOR OUR ALLIES IN THE AREA, SUCH AS ISRAEL, AFGHANISTAN, JORDAN, EGYPT AND OTHERS AND FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE CANNOT PRETEND, WE CANNOT PRETEND THAT THIS ILL-TIME RESOLUTION EXPRESSES ANYTHING OTHER THAN A REJECTION OF OUR TROOPS' MISSION. OUR TROOPS DESERVE MUCH BETTER THAN THIS. WHAT OUR TROOPS DESERVE, MADAM SPEAKER, IS OUR UNWAIVING SUPPORT. I -- UNWAIVERING SUPPORT. I REFUSE TO LET THEM DOWN, AND THAT IS WHY I'M GOING TO BE VOTING AGAINST THIS RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK.

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    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WANT THE AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN SERVING IN…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I WANT THE AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN SERVING IN IRAQ TO COME HOME. I WANT THIS WAR TO END. I WANT THE VIOLENCE TO STOP, THE INJURIES TO STOP, THE DEATHS TO STOP, AND I ALSO WANT TERRORISM TO STOP. OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS, MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS TOLD ME THE SAME FEELINGS AND THEIR STRONG FEELINGS IN SUPPORT OF OR AGAINST THIS RESOLUTION. I HEAR YOUR CONCERNS. NO ONE CAN DOUBT YOUR LOVE OF YOUR COUNTRY. LIKE YOU, I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE DIRECTION OF THIS WAR. LIKE YOU, ARMED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE PRESENT, THE STRATEGIES OF THE PAST WERE TOO OFTEN INCOMPLETE. THE INTELLIGENCE WAS MISINTERPRETED OR INADEQUATE. THE COMMENTS MADE HERE TODAY ON THIS RESOLUTION WILL BE LISTENED TO BY IRAQIS AND AL QAEDA AND THE SOLDIERS IN THE FIELD RIGHT NOW, THE MARINES ON THE HIGH SEAS HEADED THAT WAY AND THE THOUSANDS WHO ARE ALREADY ON THE OFFENSIVE. HERE IS MY MESSAGE TO THEM. . ARAB COUNTRIES HAVE TOLD US IF WE LEFT NOW THE RESULTS WOULD BE CATASTROPHIC. I WANT THOSE ARAB COUNTRIES TO IMPRESS ON THE SUNNIS AND SHIIAS TO WORK FOR PEACE NOW. I WANT THE UNITED STATES ENGAGED IN DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS WITH ALL ARAB NATIONS. THERE IS NO MORE TIME FOR DELAY. I WANT THE IRAQI MILITARY TO BE THE TIP OF THE THE SPEAR AND OUR TROOPS TO SHIFT TO TRAINING AND SUPPORT. I WANT TO SEE THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT STAND STRONG WHERE EVERY GROUP FEELS RESPECTED AND PROTECTED AND ALL FEEL THEY HAVE A FUTURE OF HOPE. THERE IS NO TIME FOR DELAY. I ALSO WANT REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS TO SIT DOWN TOGETHER AND DISCUSS HOW TO MAKE THESE THINGS COME TO FRUITION. I WANT TO REVIEW THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE BIPARTISAN IRAQ STUDY GROUP, WHICH ARE WORTHY OF IMPLEMENTATION. I WANT US TO THOUGHTFULLY, CAREFULLY AND RESPONSIBILITY DISCUSS WHAT ACTION WE SHOULD TAKE IN IRAQ AND OFFER REAL IDEAS, STRATEGIES AND SOLUTIONS. I WANT THIS CONGRESS TO SUPPORT OUR SOLDIERS, EVERY ONE OF THEM. TELL THEM WE VALUE THEM AND PRAY FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES AND WILL GIVE THEM WHAT THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOB. I WANT THEM TO KNOW WE WILL STAND WITH THEM UNTIL THE LAST ONE RURNS HOME. POLICY COMES BEFORE POLITICS. NO POLL, NO POLITICAL PLAN, NO POLITICAL THREATS SHOULD EVER UNDERMINE THE ALLEGIANCE TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR OUR SOLDIERS AND NATION. THEIR RISKS, THEIR WORK, THEIR FIGHTING HAS MEANING AND PURPOSE AND MUST BE IMMUNE TO THE POLITICIAN OF WASHINGTON. THE 171ST THE 99TH AND 911ST IN PITTSBURGH AND ALL NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVISTS AND ACTIVE DUTY TO COME HOME. I WANT THEIR FAMILIES TO EMBRACE THEM, THEIR CHILDREN TO BE TUCKED IN AT NIGHT BY THEM AND TOWNS TO SHOW THE AFFECTION OF A GRATEFUL NATION. WHILE THEY STANDPOINT SENTRY WITH EYES ON THE HORIZON, RIDE ON THEIR CONVOYS OR WALK ON PATROL, I WANT THEIR MINDS ON THE CRITICAL TASK OF THAT MOMENT. I SPOKE THIS WEEK TO A MOTHER OF A SOLDIER WHO WAS KILLED IN IRAQ, RUSSELL CURTIS, A FINER AND BRAVER MAN YOU WILL NOT FIND. SHE SAID, I WOULD RATHER HAVE MORE TROOPS THERE HELPING MY SON. DOM DEFRANCO, THE PENNSYLVANIA COMMANDER WROTE THIS LETTER, I WILL SUBMIT THE FULL LETTER FOR THE RECORD, BUT THIS, PRIDE, HONOR AND DEDICATION MOTIVATED THEM, BAD MORALE CAN BRING DOWN THE TOUGHEST WARRIOR, AS A VIETNAM VETERAN, TRUST ME, IT CUTS DEEP. REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU STAND TROOPS GET THE MESSAGE THEY ARE WASTING THEIR TIME WHEN POLITICIAN AND CITIZENS MAKE HEADLINES CRITICIZING MILITARY ACTION. OR THIS COMMENT FROM THE AMERICAN LEGION REGARDING UNANIMOUS SUPPORT FOR THE INCREASE IN TROOPS AND CAUTION ON POLITICAL RHETTIC. -- RHETORIC. VETERANS OF THE VIETNAM WAR REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO FIGHT WITHOUT THE SUPPORT FROM PEOPLE AT HOME. WHILE OUR SOLDIERS ARE THERE, I WILL SUPPORT THEM WITH EVERYTHING THEY NEED IN TERMS OF ARMOR, AMMUNITION, BULLETS AND BREAT WEAPONS AND WORDS. I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK FOR ALL THESE THINGS BUT FOR THIS POINT IN TIME WHILE OUR SOLDIERS ARE ON THE BATTLEFIELD I WANT TO BE ABLE TO LOOK THEM IN THE EYE AND SAY AT YOUR MOMENT OF NEED I BACKED YOU UP ON THE BATTLEFIELD. I YIELD BACK.

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    I YIELD FIRST TO TRGE SOUTH CAROLINA, MR. CLYBURN.

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    THE DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY WHIP IS RECOGNIZED. MR. CLYBURN JUREKS PURSUANT TO SECTION 2 OF HOUSE RESOLUTION 157 AND AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MAJORITY LEADER I DEMAND THAT THE TIME FOR DEBATE ON THE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION BE ENLARGED BY ONE HOUR EQUALLY DIVIDED AND CONTROLLED BY THE LEADERS OR THEIR DESIGNEES.

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    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE MY -- TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM TEXAS, MR. HALL.

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    MR. HALL

    MADAM SPEAKER, FIRST AND FOREMOST, I STAND AND I HOPE WE ALL STAND IN…

    MADAM SPEAKER, FIRST AND FOREMOST, I STAND AND I HOPE WE ALL STAND IN SUPPORT OF OUR TROOPS. BUT I ALSO RISE TODAY IN ON SIGNIFICANCE -- OPPOSITION TO H.CON.RES 63. WHILE I BELIEVE THAT WE ALL SHARE THE SAME GOAL OF WINNING THIS WAR ON TERROR AND BRINGING OUR MEN AND WOMEN HOME, I REGRET TO SAY THAT THIS BILL BEFORE US TODAY WILL NOT LEAD TO THAT GOAL. NOBODY WANTS THIS WAR TO END THAN THOSE FIGHTING IN IT. AND WE NEED TO DO WHAT IT TAKES TO BRING THEM HOME BUT TO BRING THEM HOME IN VICTORY. IF WE DON'T DO THAT IT WILL BE BAD ALL OVER THE WORLD. INSTEAD OF TAKING A STEP FORWARD, WE WILL BE TAKING MULTIPLE STEPS BACKWARD. SO WHAT'S THE POINT OF THIS RESOLUTION? IS IT GOING TO BLOCK THE TROOP SURGE? ABSOLUTELY NOT. WILL IT END THE WAR? NOT A CHANCE. WILL IT HELP OUR CHANCES OF ACHIEVING VICTORY? ABSOLUTELY NOT. THIS RESOLUTION WILL DEMORALIZE OUR TROOPS WHO ARE SACRIFICING THEMSELVES FOR US TODAY AND TONIGHT. AND THIS RESOLUTION WILL GIVE COMFORT TO AN ENEMY. THIS RESOLUTION PUTS POLITICS BEFORE THE LIVES OF OUR BRAVE SOLDIERS. AND THERE'S NO WAY IN THE WORLD THAT I CAN SUPPORT IT. THE ONLY CHANCE WE HAVE FOR VICTORY IS TO SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT'S TROOP ESCALATION. IT'S NOT A SURE THING, BUT IT'S OUR BEST CHANCE FOR VICTORY. THESE ADDED TROOPS WILL HELP US SECURE BAGHDAD, STABILIZE THE AREA AND ACCELERATE THE TRAINING NECESSARY FOR THE IRAQIS TO STAND ON THEIR OWN. ONLY AFTER THESE THINGS HAPPEN CAN WE LEAVE IRAQ THE WAY WE SHOULD, AND THAT'S VICTORIOUS. I FULLY SUPPORT OUR COMMANDER IN CHIEF, AND I THINK HE HAS MUCH MORE INFORMATION THAN I HAVE OR ANY OTHER MEMBER OR A COMBINATION OF MEMBERS IN REGARD TO THE WAR ON TERRORISM, AND PARTICULARLY THE WAR IN IRAQ. I THINK PRESIDENT BUSH IS A GODLY PERSON, INTELLIGENT AND EDUCATED AND CARES FOR THIS COUNTRY AND CARES FOR THOSE WHO DEFEND IT. I'LL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT HIM AS LONG AS HE HOLDS THE TITLE OF COMMANDER IN CHIEF FOR THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I HEARD THE PRESIDENT LOUD AND CLEAR IN HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS ON JANUARY 23, 2007. WHAT I GLEAM FROM HIS SPEECH IS HE'S ASKING FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2007 TO COMPLETE THE EXISTING PLAN BEING IMPLEMENTED BY GENERAL PETRAEUS AND THOSE WHO SERVE UNDER HIM. AND AT SUCH TIME HE FULLY EXPECTS THE IRAQIS TO BE IN POSITION TO DEFEND THEIR BORDERS AND PROTECT THEIR PEOPLE RESULTING IN AN EXECUTIVE ORDER, HOPEFULLY, TO BRING THE PROCESS OF WITHDRAWAL OF THESE AMERICAN FORCES STILL DEFENDING OUR NATION, TO BRING THEM HOME. THIS RESOLUTION WILL ABSOLUTELY UNDERMINE THE TROOPS IN IRAQ. I STRONGLY OPPOSE IT. I THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM TEXAS, MS. JACKSON LEE.

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    THIS DOCUMENT HAS NOT BEEN FOLLOWED H.R. 930 WANTS TO TERMINATE THE…

    THIS DOCUMENT HAS NOT BEEN FOLLOWED H.R. 930 WANTS TO TERMINATE THE AUTHORIZATION GIVEN IN 2002. BECAUSE FOR THESE LIVES WE DON'T WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FOOLISHNESS OF MONEYS BEING SPENT, THE LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY, AND A WAR IN A CONFLICT THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN CLAIMED A VICTORY BY THE UNITED STATES MILITARY WHO CAN NOW COME HOME WITH HONOR AND DIGNITY. LET US STAND AGAIN ON THIS FLOOR AND CLAIM WE SUPPORT LIFE OVER DEATH AND PEACE OVER WAR AND WE WANT OUR SOLDIERS TO RETURN HOME IN CELEBRATION AND DIGNITY IN HONOR OF THESE WHO NOW ARE FALLEN IN THE BATTLEFIELD. I YIELD BACK.

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    SOLDIERS WHO DIED IN IRAQ NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS DIED IN VEIN. NO SOLDIER…

    SOLDIERS WHO DIED IN IRAQ NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS DIED IN VEIN. NO SOLDIER WHO DIES FIGHTING FOR HIS COUNTRY DIES IN VEIN. WITH THAT I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK, MRS. MALONEY. THE GENTLELADY FROM NEW YORK IS RISED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MADAM SPEAKER, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN SAYING, JUST GIVE US MORE TIME.…

    MADAM SPEAKER, THE ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN SAYING, JUST GIVE US MORE TIME. JUST GIVE US MORE MONEY. OUR PLAN WILL BRING PEACE. AND NOW THEY ARE SAYING WE NEED MORE TROOPS, 48,000 OF THEM. BUT WE'VE ALREADY HAD FOUR TROOP UP CREASES SINCE WE WENT INTO IRAQ AND NONE OF THEM HAVE BROUGHT STABILITY. TRAGICALLY THIS WAR HAS COST 3,100 AMERICAN LIVES, 143 FROM MY HOME STATE OF NEW YORK AND THOUSANDS OF IRAQI LIVES. AS WELL AS MORE THAN 20,000 INJURED AMERICAN SOLDIERS WHO WILL CARRY THEIR WOUNDS FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. THE BIPARTISAN HAMILTON-BAKER COMMISSION CALLED FOR A DIFFERENT APPROACH. THEY SAID, AND I QUOTE, THE SITUATION IN IRAQ IS GRAVE AND DETERIORATING. AS MR. HAMILTON SAID, THE CURRENT APPROACH IS NOT WORKING. AND THE ABILITY OF THE U.S. TO INFLUENCE EVENTS IS DIMINISHING. THE COMMISSION CALLED FOR A GREATER USE OF DIPLOMACY AND THE COMMISSION'S REPORT STATED CLEARLY THAT WE MUST NOT MAKE AN OPEN-ENDED COMMITMENT TO KEEP LARGE NUMBERS OF AMERICAN TROOPS IN IRAQ. THEY WARN THAT DOING SO WOULD CONTINUE TO STRETCH OUR TROOPS TOO THIN, HAMPERING OUR ABILITIES TO SIMULTANEOUSLY FACE OTHER THREATS IN THE WORLD. IT WOULD SEVERELY AFFECT AMERICA'S ARMY READINESS AND IT WOULD NOT GIVE THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT THE INCENTIVE NEEDED TO HELP BRING SECURITY. IF THIS ASSESSMENT IS SO CLEARLY IN OPPOSITION TO A LONG-TERM DEPLOYMENT IN IRAQ, WHY IS THE ADMINISTRATION DOING THE EXACT OPPOSITE? THEY ARE CALLING FOR A BIGGER COMMITMENT OF TROOPS, FOR MORE EXPENDITURE OF LIVES AND TREASURE WITH NO END IN SIGHT. THEY SPEAK OF VICTORY, BUT WHAT IS VICTORY? WAS IT FINDING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION? THERE WERE NONE. WAS IT A NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM? THERE WASN'T ONE. WAS IRAQ AN IMMINENT THREAT TO OUR SECURITY? WE WERE TOLD IT US WITH, BUT, IN FACT, IT WAS NOT. THEY CLAIM THAT THEY WOULD EXHAUST ALL OPTIONS BEFORE TAKING MILITARY ACTION BUT THEY DID NOT EVEN WAIT FOR THE WEAPONS INSPECTORS' FINAL REPORT. WAS OUR GOAL TO IMPOSE DEMOCRACY ON THE ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST? THE WAR HAS UP FLAMED AND DESTABILIZE THE REGION. WHATEVER THEIR JUSTIFICATION, THEY HAVE EMBARKED ON A POLICY THAT IS DRAGGING AMERICA INTO THE MIRE OF ANOTHER COUNTRY'S CIVIL WAR. IN THIS CIVIL WAR WE DON'T KNOW WHO IS SHOOTING. WE JUST KNOW THAT ALL SIDES ARE SHOOTING AT AWE US. WE ALSO NOW KNOW THERE WAS NO AL QAEDA CONNECTION IN IRAQ BEFORE WE INVADED. THE PENTAGON'S INSPECTOR GENERAL HAS REPORTED THAT DOUGLAS FEITH, THE PENTAGON'S UNDERSECRETARY COOKED INTELLIGENCE REPORTS TO MAKE A CASE TO GO TO WAR BASED ON AL QAEDA. IT IS TRAGICALLY IRONIC THAT NOW BY INVADING WE HAVE ACTUALLY MADE IRAQ A FERTILE TERRITORY FOR AL QAEDA RECRUITMENT. MADAM SPEAKER, ON TOP OF THEIR RUSH TO WAR AND INSUFFICIENT PLANNING, THEIR MISMANAGEMENT IS LEGENDARY. THEY INITIALLY ESTIMATED THAT THE WAR WOULD COST $50 BILLION TO $60 BILLION. BUT BY THE END OF THIS YEAR CONGRESS WOULD HAVE SPENT ABOUT $500 BILLION, 10 TIMES THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATE. LAST WEEK WE HAD A HEARING ON $12 BILLION THAT WAS AIRLIFT SBOOD THE WAR ZONE AND NOW $8.8 BILLION IS UNACCOUNTED FOR, COMPLETELY MISSING. MADAM SPEAKER, HOW MUCH MISMANAGEMENT AND MISDIRECTION CAN THIS COUNTRY TOLERATE? IN NOVEMBER AMERICANS VOTED FOR A NEW DIRECTION FOR THE WAR, A NEW DIRECTION FOR CONGRESS. I RISE IN SUPPORT OF THIS NEW DIRECTION AND AGAINST THIS ESCALATION IN IRAQ. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

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    FIVE MINUTES THE GENTLEMAN FROM HAWAII, MR. ABERCROMBIE, A SENIOR MEMBER…

    FIVE MINUTES THE GENTLEMAN FROM HAWAII, MR. ABERCROMBIE, A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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    MR. ABERCROMBIE

    MADAM SPEAKER, I REQUEST QUKE TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    MY OVERRIDING CONCERN ON EVERY ISSUE THAT COMES BEFORE US IS HOW IT…

    MY OVERRIDING CONCERN ON EVERY ISSUE THAT COMES BEFORE US IS HOW IT SUPPORTS OUR MITCHELL IN UNIFORM. EVERY DECISION ABOUT PROCUREMENT, BUDGET AUTHORIZATION MUST MEET THIS TEST, DOES IT SUPPORT OUR TROOPS? THE QUESTION BEFORE US TODAY, INCREASING U.S. FORCES IN IRAQ BY 21,000 COMBAT TROOPS AND SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 3,000 AND 28,000 SUPPORT PERSONNEL FAILS THIS TEST IN EVERY RESPECT. BOTH THE IMMEDIATE AND LONG-TERM EFFECTS ON THE WAR IN IRAQ ARE EVIDENT AND DRASTIC. EXTENDED DEPLOYMENTS, PREMATURE REDEPLOYMENTS AND SUSTAINED COMBAT UNDER UNBELIEVABLY HARSH CONDITIONS HAVE TAKEN A TERRIBLE TOLL ON OUR FORCES AND THEIR EQUIPMENT. THE RESULTS ARE AN OVERSTRETCHED U.S. ARMY AND MARINE CORPS WITH NO FULLY CAPABLE FORCES AND AN URGENT NEED TO REPAIR AND REPLACE HELICOPTERS, TAPPINGS, UPARMORED HUMVEES AND OTHER EQUIPMENT. I RECENTLY RETURNED FROM INSPECTION FROM TWO OF THE ARMY'S BUSIEST DEPOTS FOR REPAIR. WHAT WE SAW THERE WERE SKILLED AND DEDICATED EMPLOYEES WORKING FEVERISHLY TO MAKE SURE OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM PARTICULARLY THOSE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN HAVE EVERY PIECE OF EQUIPMENT THEY NEED TO DO THEIR JOBS AND KEEP THEMSELVES SAFE FROM HARM. WHAT WE SAW WERE THE RESULTS OF AN ADMINISTRATION'S ABJECT FAILURE TO MOBILIZE THIS WAR OF CHOICE. ONLY NOW ARE WE RAMPING UP AMERICA'S MANUFACTURING CAPACITY TO FULLY SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AT HOME AND OVERSEAS. SMUGLY SELF-RIGHTEOUS THAT U.S. TROOPS WOULD BE TARGETED WITH NOTHING MORE LEETH ALTHAN ROSE PETALS THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS LEFT THE BURDEN ON THE WAR ON THE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM OF OUR ARMED FORCES. THE IMPACT OF THIS ATTITUDE HIT HOME FOR ME IN CORPUS CHRISTI WHEN I READ OF THE DEATH IN IRAQ OF A 48-YEAR-OLD ARMY SERGEANT WITH FIVE CHILDREN. NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST DAN THOMASSON ASKED WHAT WAS A 48-YEAR-OLD MAN WITH FIVE CHILDREN DOING IN THE MILITARY IN IRAQ. THE ANSWER IS OBVIOUS. HE WAS A MEMBER EITHER OF THE NATIONAL GUARD OR THE RESERVE. THE GUARD AND RESERVE ARE BEING USED IN A WAY NEVER CONTEMPLATED. THEY ARE REPEATED AND SUSTAINED DEPLOYMENTS, THEY HAVE A PROFOUND IMPACT ON FAMILIES, BUSINESSES AND WHOLE COMMUNITIES. WHY HAVE THEY BE SO MISUSED? BECAUSE THERE ISN'T ANYONE ELSE. OUR ACTIVE DUTY FORCE IS TOO SMALL TO SUSTAIN OUR ENGAGEMENT IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. TO HAVE ACTED TO EP SURE THE BURDEN OF THIS WAR WOULD BE MORE PROUDLY SHARED THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR WOULD BE MOBILIZED AND MILITARY EQUIPMENT SUPPLY MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR SYSTEMS PUT ON A WARTIME FOOTING WOULD HAVE BEEN EXPENSIVE AND AN ADMISSION OF REALITY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION DID NOT WANT TO CONFRONT. FORCES NOW BEING DEPLOYED AS PART OF THIS SURGE WILL NOT HAVE THE EQUIPMENT THEY NEED WHEN THEY GET THERE. WE ARE NOT FULLY PREPARED TO RESPOND EFFECTIVELY. THE HOUSE IS CONSIDERING AN EXPRESSION OF SUPPORT OR OPPOSITION TO ANOTHER FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP. PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN'S SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, KASPER WEINBERGER, OUTLINED IN A SPEECH SBITELING THE USES OF MILITARY POWER SIX TESTS THAT NEED TO BE APPLIED WHENEVER COMBAT FORCES ARE CONTEMPLATED, NEVER COMMIT FORCES UNLESS THE SITUATION IS VITAL TO OUR NATIONAL INTEREST, TWO IF WE ARE WILLING TO COMMIT THE FORCES AND RESOURCES NECESSARY TO WIN WE SHOULD COMMIT THEM ALL, CLEARLY DEFINED MILITARY OUBTIVES, FOUR, THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE OBJECTIVE AND FORCES MUST BE CONTINUALLY REASSESSED AND ADJUSTED. FIVE WE MUST HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES IN COPPING, SIX, THE COMMITMENT OF U.S. TROOPS TO COMBAT SHOULD BE A LAST RESORT. PRESIDENT BUSH'S POLICIES HAVE FAILED EVERYONE OF THEN SECRETARY WEINBERGER'S TESTS. . WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS FAILURE? OUR TROOPS ARE IN PERIL, OUR CREDIBILITY IS SHATTERED AND THE LESSONS OF THE PAST ARE SUBMERGED IN EMPTY RHETORIC. MAKE NO MISTAKE, WE ARE ENGAGED IN A WAR OF CHOICE A CATASTROPHE CLOAKED IN MISINFORMATION AND BREATHTAKING INCOMPETENCE. IT'S AN OUTRAGE THAT WE HAVE NOT HAD A SINGLE POLICY IN IRAQ WORTHY OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM. THIS SURGE IS YET ANOTHER MISSTEP IN THIS TRAGIC JOURNEY TO DISASTER. WE NEED TO END IT AND END IT NOW. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER.

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    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MY…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD FOUR MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM MINNESOTA,

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MS. IS RECOGNIZED FOR FOUR MINUTES. MRS. BACHMANN. THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. THE MOURNING OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, I WAS A MINNESOTA STATE SENATOR MEETING WITH A GROUP OF LOCAL EDUCATORS AT A PERKINS RESTAURANT IN WOOD BURRY, MINNESOTA, BECAUSE YOU CAN'T FIND A BABYSITTER AT 7:00 IN THE MORNING, I HAD MY THREE DAUGHTERS WITH ME AT THE RESTAURANT WHEN I LEARNED OF THE ATTACKS. AFTER THAT MEETING I DROPPED OUR GIRLS OFF AT SCHOOL AND THEN TOGETHER WITH MILLIONS OF AMERICANS IN HORROR I WATCHED MY TELEVISION AS THE TERROR UNFOLDED. THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT AMERICANS WERE TARGETED FOR DEATH THAT MORNING BY AN EVIL REGIME OF RADICAL JIHADISTS. THEN CAME THE CHALLENGE OF EXPLAYING TO OUR CHILDREN THE -- EXPLAINING TO OUR CHILDREN THE MAGNITUDE OF THE TRAGEDY THAT HAD JUST BEFALLEN OUR NATION. AS A MOTHER I CAN TELL YOU IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS THAT I HAD EVER HAD. SEPTEMBER 11 GALVANIZED AMERICANS. WE KNEW WITHOUT A DOUBT THAT WE HAD AN ENEMY, BUT AMERICA FOUGHT BACK, UNITED. WE WERE ATTACKED ON SEPTEMBER 11, BUT THE RADICAL ISLAMIC JIHADISTS DECLARED WAR ON INNOCENT AMERICANS LONG BEFORE THAT MORNING, AND CHILLINGLY, THAT WAR CONTINUES TODAY. THEY KILL THE GREATEST INNOCENT -- NUMBER OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS. THEY'RE CRUEL. THEY SEEK THE TOTAL ANNIHILATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND OF OUR FREEDOMS AND OF OUR WESTERN ALLIES, ESPECIALLY THEY SEEK TO DESTROY OUR FRIEND, THE STATE OF ISRAEL. TODAY, IRAQ IS THE CENTRAL FRONT IN THIS WAR, AND THAT IS ACCORDING TO THE RADICAL ISLAMISTS THEMSELVES. SOME IN THIS CHAMBER MAY WANT TO DENY THAT FACT. HOWEVER, IT'S THE JIHADISTS WHO CHOSE IRAQ AS THE CENTRAL FRONT IN THE WAR ON TERROR. IT WASN'T THE UNITED STATES. AND WE FIGHT THEM ON THEIR TURF. AL-ZAWAHIRI HAVE SAID MANY TIMES THAT IRAQ IS ONE OF THE CRUCIAL FIELDS IN THE ISLAMIC WAR. THE RADICAL ISLAMISTS KNOW THAT THEY CAN'T BEAT US WITH GUNS AND BULLETS ALONE. THEY CAN ONLY BEAT US IN ONE WAY, AND THAT'S IF THEY CRUMBLE THE RESOLVE OF AMERICA TO FIGHT AND TO WIN THIS WAR. TO AMERICAN SOLDIERS, I WANT TO SAY TO YOU, SPECIFICALLY TONIGHT, KNOW THAT MANY OF US HERE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS SUPPORT YOU AND YOUR MISSION. WE PRAY FOR YOU. WE LOVE YOU. WE APPRECIATE YOU. AND YOUR SACRIFICES ON BEHALF OF OUR FREEDOMS. IT'S BECAUSE OF YOUR BRAVERY THAT WE WILL DEFEAT THE RADICAL JIHADISTS. SURRENDER IS NOT AN OPTION, NOT IF OUR GOAL IS THE MAINTENANCE OF FREEDOM. IT'S VERY TELLING, I THINK, THAT THE RESOLUTION THAT WE'RE DEBATING THIS EVENING ONLY STATES WHAT THOSE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE OPPOSE. AFTER ALL THESE HOURS OF DEBATE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE YET TO HEAR A PLAN FROM THE DEMOCRATS FOR VICTORY IN THIS WAR AGAINST TERROR. I BELIEVE AND YOU OUR TROOPS KNOW THAT VICTORY AGAINST THE EVIL PEOPLE WHO WANT TO KILL AMERICANS TRANSCENDS POLITICS. VICTORY IN THIS WAR MEETS THAT -- MEANS THAT NO MOTHER HAS TO EXPLAIN TO THEIR CHILDREN THE DEATHS OF THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT AMERICANS. AMERICAN SOLDIERS, PLEASE KNOW THAT MANY OF US IN THIS CONGRESS STAND STRONG IN OUR RESOLVE TO SUPPORT YOU IN OUR FIGHT TO PRESERVE AMERICA'S FREEDOMS. ON MY WATCH, I PLEDGE TO YOU DURING THIS MY TERM IN CONGRESS THAT I WILL STAND FOR YOU AND I WILL VOTE TO PRESERVE AMERICA'S FREEDOM. AND I WANT TO SAY TO YOU THIS EVENING THAT IT IS AMERICAN SOLDIERS, AMERICANS WHO ARE IN THE NATIONAL -- MINNESOTANS WHO ARE IN THE NATIONAL GUARD, AND I WOULD ASK THE GENTLEWOMAN IF I COULD HAVE ANOTHER 30 SECONDS TO EXTEND MY REMARKS. MEMBERS OF THE MINNESOTA NATIONAL GUARD MAKE UP OVER 10% OF THIS INCREASE IN TROOPS. MINNESOTA IS SUPPLYING OVER 10% OF THOSE TROOPS. I HAD THE BRIGADIER GENERAL OF THE MINNESOTA GUARD IN MY OFFICE YESTERDAY, AND I ASKED HIM, WHAT'S THE MORALE, WHAT'S THE MESSAGE THAT THESE TROOPS WANT ME TO KNOW? AND HE SAID, THEY WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THEY STAND READY TO FIGHT, AND THE MORALE IS HIGH. I SAY THANK YOU TO THE MINNESOTA NATIONAL GUARD, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR BRAVERY. I WILL STAND WITH YOU JUST AS THE MINNESOTANS WHO STOOD FIRST IN LINE IN THE BATTLE FOR THE -- TO FIGHT FOR OUR UNION. IT IS MINNESOTA WHO IS STANDING STRONG IN THIS BATTLE TO FIGHT. IT'S THE BATTLE OF OUR TIME, THE BATTLE OF OUR GENERATION. AND I STAND WITH YOU. AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TENNESSEE, MR. COHEN.

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    FROM TEXAS AND I HAVE HEARD COUNTLESS ALTERNATIVES FROM DEMOCRATIC…

    FROM TEXAS AND I HAVE HEARD COUNTLESS ALTERNATIVES FROM DEMOCRATIC SPEAKERS. MAY NOT LIKE THE ALTERNATIVES OR THE BEST COURSE BUT IT'S WRONG TO SAY THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE NOT OFFERED ALTERNATIVES. AND WITH THAT, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM OHIO, PLS CAPTURE.

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    IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. THIS MEASURE IS THE FIRST AND IMPORTANT…

    IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. THIS MEASURE IS THE FIRST AND IMPORTANT STEP IN PREVENTING THE PRESIDENT'S ILL-CONCEIVED ESCALATION PLAN, REVERSING OUR PRESENT COURSE AND ULTIMATELY BRINGING OUR BRAVE TROOPS HOME FROM IRAQ. MR. PRESIDENT, WHEN IN A DEEP HOLE, STOP DIGGING. BUT RATHER THAN SEARCHING FOR A WAY OUT, THE PRESIDENT PROPOSES TO DIG DOWN DEEPER, PLUNGING FURTHER INTO A DARK ABYSS, BLINDED BY IDEOLOGY, THE PRESIDENT'S SOLUTION IS TO SEND AN ADDITIONAL 21,500 TROOPS IN THE MIDDLE OF IT. I DO NOT SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT'S SHORT SIGHTED WRONG HEADED RECKLESS APPROACH. AND ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THIS HOUSE MUST ACT NOW TO STOP THE CONTINUATION OF AN AMBIGUOUS, CONSTANTLY CHANGING, OPEN-ENDED ENGAGEMENT IN IRAQ. OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM HAVE ANSWERED THE CALL OF DUTY AND HAVE DEMONSTRATED TRUE COURAGE, BRAVERY AND HONOR. THEY SERVED OUR NATION VALIANTLY, EVEN AS CIVILIAN LEADERS FAILED THEM. I MOURN THE LOSS THOSE WHO HAVE DIED, 95 OF WHOM ARE FROM MY HOME STATE OF ILLINOIS. I PRAY FOR THE THOUSANDS OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SERIOUSLY WOUNDED AND I VOTED TO ENSURE THAT OUR TROOPS HAVE THE BODY ARMOR AND EQUIPMENT THEY NEED TO PROTECT THEIR LIVES AND DISCHARGE THEIR DUTIES. . NO AMOUNT OF TROOPS CAN SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE A MISSION THAT IS UNCLEAR, THAT IS ILL-DEFINED, THAT IS MUDDLED AND MUTEABLE. DURING THE RUNUP TO THE FIRST GULF WAR, THEN CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF HAD EIGHT CRITERIA TO BE MET FOR ACTION. AMONG WERE THE FOLLOWING -- DO WE HAVE A CLEAR, ATTAINABLE OBJECTIVE? IS THERE A PLAUSIBLE EXIT STRATEGY TO AVOID ENDLESS INTANGLEMENT? HAVE OUR ACTIONS BEEN FULLY CONSIDERED? THE ANSWER APPLIED TO IRAQ TODAY HAS BEEN SINCE THE START OF THIS WAR, NO, NO AND NO. WITH THE HELP OF ITS THURE, THE POWELL DOCTRINE WAS SHREDDED TO BITS AND THE MISSION IN IRAQ IS ADRIFT. CONSIDER THIS, ON SEPTEMBER 12, 2002, PRESIDENT BUSH CHALLENGED WORLD LEADERS AT THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION TO CONFRONT THE GRAVE AND GATHERING DANGER POSED BY IRAQ'S WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. HOWEVER, NO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION WERE FOUND THERE. THEN PRESIDENT BUSH SHIFTED HIS JUSTIFICATION, ARGUING THAT THE WAR WAS ABOUT LIBERATING IRAQIS FROM A BRUTAL DICTATOR. BUT IN DECEMBER, 2003, FOUR YEARS AGO, SADDAM HUSSEIN WAS FOUND AND CAPTURED. HE HAS SINCE BEEN TRIED AND HANGED FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY. AND AFTER SADDAM WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY, PRESIDENT BUSH CLAIMED THE MISSION WAS TO SPREAD DEMOCRACY THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST. YET IRAQ HAS DETERIORATED INTO SECTARIAN VIOLENCE ERUPTING INTO A BLOODY CIVIL WAR. AND NOW WITH THE VIOLENCE INCREASING, THE PRESIDENT SAYS OUR MISSION IS TO CONFRONT THE TERRORISTS IN IRAQ SO WE DON'T HAVE TO FACE THEM HERE AT HOME. HOWEVER, ACCORDING TO GOVERNMENT INTELLIGENCE, THE WAR IN IRAQ HAS HELPED RECRUIT MORE TERRORISTS AND NOT VAIN QUISH THEM. -- VANQUISH THEM. MADAM SPEAKER, NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO STAY THE COURSE. WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO ENGAGE IN THE SAME ACTION AND EXPECT A DIFFERENT RESULT. WE SHOULD NOT SEND MORE SOLDIERS IN THE DESERT ON A MISSION THAT SHIFTS LIKE THE SAND BENEATH THEIR BOOTS. THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN HAS A HALF-BAKED UNWORKABLE MILITARY SOLUTION WHEN IRAQ NEEDS A POLITICAL ONE. RATHER THAN A MILITARY ESCALATION, THIS SITUATION IN IRAQ REQUIRES A DIPLOMATIC AND POLITICAL INTENSIFICATION. THE AMERICAN MILITARY MUST STAND DOWN SO THE IRAQI PEOPLE CAN STAND UP AND SEEK A POLITICAL SETTLEMENT AND ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN FUTURE. THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT MUST ENGAGE IN NEGOTIATIONS AND COMPROMISES THAT BALANCE THE POWER OF PROVISIONAL AND CENTRAL GOVERNMENTS, SHARE OIL REVENUES AND PROTECTS THE RIGHTS OF EVERY IRAQI CITIZEN. THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP, CO-CHAIRED BY JAMES BAKER AND LEE HAMILTON STATED THE SAME. THEY SAID THE SECURITY SITUATION CANNOT IMPROVE UNLESS LEADERS ACT IN SUPPORT OF NATIONAL RECONCILIATION. THERE IS NO ACTION THE AMERICAN MILITARY CAN TAKE BY ITSELF THAT CAN BRINGS ABOUT SUCCESS IN IRAQ. AS DEMOCRATS, WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. BUT WE DON'T SUPPORT THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF SQUANDERING BILLIONS OF OUR TAX DOLLARS AND RECKLESSLY PUTTING OUR BRAVE SOLDIERS IN THE CROSSHAIRS OF SOMEONE ELSE'S CIVIL WAR. I BELIEVE OUR DOMESTIC NATIONAL SECURITY RESTS ON REDEPLOYING OUR MILITARY FORCES FROM IRAQ IN ORDER TO BUILD MORE CONSENSUS IN THE MIDDLE EAST. I CONCLUDE, MADAM SPEAKER. I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION OPPOSING PRESIDENT BUSH'S FAILED POLICY OF ESCALATION. IT'S TIME TO BRING A RESPONSIBLE END TO THIS WAR, TO BRING OUR TROOPS HOME AND TO BRING THEM HOME RIGHT NOW.

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    THE CHAIR MUST REMIND MEMBERS THAT REMARKS IN DEBATE SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE CHAIR AND NOT TO THE PRESIDENT. THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA.

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    OF DISAPPOINTMENT, DISAPPOINTED THAT WE ARE NOT HAVING A REAL DEBATE ABOUT…

    OF DISAPPOINTMENT, DISAPPOINTED THAT WE ARE NOT HAVING A REAL DEBATE ABOUT HOW WE WIN IN

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    MR. SMITH

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THANK YOU, MADAM SPEAKER. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM OREGON, MR. BLUMENAUER.

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    MR. BLUMENAUER

    THANK YOU. AFTER CONGRESS HAS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED ACTION ON THE FIRST…

    THANK YOU. AFTER CONGRESS HAS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED ACTION ON THE FIRST 100 HOURS, WE NOW BEGIN A CRITICAL 100 DAYS FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR ENGAGEMENT IN IRAQ, UNITED STATES POLICY IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND OUR STRUGGLE AGAINST VIOLENT FUNDAMENTALISM. BETWEEN NOW AND THE MEMORIAL DAY RECESS, 100 DAYS FOR CONGRESS TO REASSERT ITSELF AS A CO-EQUAL BRANCH OF CONGRESS, AS ENVISIONED BY THE FRAMERS OF THE CONSTITUTION, TO CHANGE THE COURSE IN IRAQ. THIS IS A DECISIVE MOMENT. IT'S TIME FOR EVERY ONE OF US WHO WOULD BE A LEADER TO LAY OUR CARDS ON THE TABLE. EACH MUST BE TRUE TO OUR OWN CONSCIENCE AND TO THE RESPONSIBILITY OF OFFICE BY LETTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW HONESTLY AND DIRECTLY WHAT WE STAND FOR AND WHAT WE WOULD DO IN IRAQ. THIS RESOLUTION GIVES CLEAR AND CONCISE VOICE TO THE DESIRES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR OUR TROOPS AND DEMANDS THAT WE NOT PLACE MORE OF THEM AT RISK WITHOUT A REASON OR A PLAN. AND I STRONGLY SUPPORT IT. ALONG WITH THIS RESOLUTION, THE CONGRESS, UNDER SPEAKER PELOSI'S DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP, HAS ALREADY DONE MORE TO PROVIDE OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY THAN REPUBLICANS OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS. WE'VE HELD 50 HEARINGS ON THE CONDUCT OF THE WAR, FRAUD AND FAILURE AND RECONSTRUCTION EFFORTS AND THE OUTRAGE OF OUR TROOPS BEING SENT INTO HARM'S WAY WITHOUT THE EQUIPMENT THEY NEED. I APPLAUD THE EFFORTS OF OUR LEADERSHIP ON THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO END THE PRACTICE OF GIVING TOO MUCH TO THE WRONG PEOPLE TO DO THE WRONG THING. ALTHOUGH THESE ARE ONLY THE FIRST STEPS. WE SHOULD NOT ONLY OPPOSE ESCALATION OF THE WAR, BUT WE SHOULD PASS LEGISLATION TO BRING THE WAR TO AN END RESPONSIBLY. INVESTIGATIONS MUST BE FOLLOWED BY SPECIFIC AND PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY FOR CRIMES THAT HAD BEEN PERMITTED IN THE CONDUCT OF THIS WAR. WE SHOULD USE THE POWER OF THE PURSE TO ENSURE THAT FUNDS GO SPECIFICALLY TO KEEP OUR SOLDIERS SAFE, REBUILD BADLY DAMAGED MILITARY READINESS, UNDERTAKE NEW DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS AND TO SUPPORT THE IRAQI PEOPLE, NOT AN OPEN-ENDED OCCUPATION. FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH CONCERNED CITIZENS IN OREGON TO DEVELOP A RESPONSIBLE PLAN TO END THE WAR AND PROVIDE THE BEST HOPE FOR A BETTER FUTURE IN IRAQ. LAST MONTH, I INTRODUCED COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATION, THE NEW DIRECTION FOR IRAQ, H.R. 663, AS A MODEL FOR THE KIND OF LEGISLATION THAT CONGRESS SHOULD ENACT, AND I AM CONFIDENT WILL ENACT. THIS LEGISLATION WILL BRING THE TROOPS HOME, REQUIRE A COMPREHENSIVE DIPLOMATIC EFFORT, REDIRECT RECONSTRUCTION ASSISTANCE, PROMOTE EFFORTS TO DISARM MILITIAS, INVESTIGATE AND PUNISH WAR PROFITEERING, AND DEAL WITH THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN FORCED TO FLEE THE COUNTRY. PEOPLE THE ADMINISTRATION HAS ONLY BEEN RECENTLY ABLE TO RECOGNIZE. A WORD ABOUT IRAN. IT IS A COMPLEX PUZZLE. MORE DIFFICULT THAN ANY OF US IMAGINED, AND ONE THAT POSES REAL CHALLENGES. BUT AS THE PRESIDENT MARCHES US CLOSER AND CLOSER TO A MAJOR PROVOCATION, MAYBE A NEW WAR, WHETHER INTENTIONALLY OR NOT, CONGRESS SHOULD NOT LET ITSELF BE STEAM ROLLED OR LIED TO AS IT WAS WITH IRAQ. ASSERT ITSELF WITH REAL DIPLOMACY AND A REAL STRATEGY. IT'S ALSO TIME THAT AMERICA LIVED UP TO OUR IDEALS. NO MORE TORTURE, KIDNAPPING AND UNAUTHORIZED WIRETAPS. NO MORE LYING AND UNNECESSARY SECRECY. NOT TREATING THE CONSTITUTION AS A SUGGESTION OR USING FALSE CLAIMS ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY TO SCORE POLITICAL POINTS AGAINST THOSE OF US WHO HAVE BEEN RIGHT ABOUT THIS WAR FROM THE BEGINNING. WE MUST START TREATING THE PUBLIC LIKE A PARTNER AND RECOGNIZE THAT THEY ARE FAR AHEAD OF THE PRESIDENT AND THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP. I AM JUST FRUSTRATED TO HEAR FALSE ANALOGIES TO THE DARK DAYS OF WORLD WAR II OR TO THE CIVIL WAR. WE'RE BOGGED DOWN IN SOMEBODY ELSE'S CIVIL WAR, AND WE'VE BEEN DOING IT LONGER THAN WORLD WAR II OR THE CIVIL WAR WITH NO END IN SIGHT. UNTIL NOW. THEY SHOULD JOIN US IN TAKING THIS CONVERSATION TO COFFEE SHOPS, CHURCHES, CAMPUSES AND CONFERENCE ROOMS, WORKING WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. OVER THE NEXT 00 DAYS, I WILL CONTINUE -- 100 DAYS, I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN THAT I'M CONFIDENT WILL COME FORWARD. IT IS IN THE HONOR OF TRAVIS BRAD OK KNOLL, A CONSTITUENT -- BRADDOCK KNOLL, A CONSTITUENT THAT WAS KILLED IN IRAQ. FOR TRAVIS AND OVER 3,000 OF HIS BRAVE COMRADES WHO HAS GIVEN THEIR LIVES, I URGE SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AS A CRITICAL FIRST STEP TO BRINGING THIS FRANLIC WAR TO A CLOSE.

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    MR. BUYER

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    MR. BUYER

    I STAND BEFORE YOU IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION. IT CHAMPIONS A…

    I STAND BEFORE YOU IN OPPOSITION TO THIS RESOLUTION. IT CHAMPIONS A DISMALLY IRRESPONSIBLE AND DANGEROUS COURSE OF ACTION. ON ITS FACE, THE RESOLUTION MERELY ADDRESSES THE TROOP SURGE, IGNORING THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN IN ITS TOTALITY, AS I SAID EARLIER. OUR EFFORTS TO MOVE FORWARD ON THE DIPLOMATIC AND ECONOMIC FRONT, I WILL NOW ADDRESS. WITH REGARD TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF GOVERNMENT COMPASS ITS, THE -- CAPACITIES, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE RULE OF LAW IS A NECESSITY. FOR HAVE IRAQ ADDRESS THE PLAN OF RECONCILIATION, TO HAVE THEM PASS ENABLING LEGISLATION FOR THE CONSTITUTION AND AMENDMENT PROCESS AND TO SET PROVISIONAL ELECTIONS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. WITH REGARD TO AN ECONOMIC PEACE, THE CONCESSION WHEREBY THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT WILL SEEK TO HAVE A QUASI-ALASKAN MODEL IN REGARD TO THE REVENUE SHARING OF ITS ASSETS IS IMPORTANT, BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE OIL PROCEEDS GO TO THE LEADERS. IT WILL ONLY EMPOWER THEM AND WEAKEN THE GOVERNMENT. WITH REGARD TO THE DEBT RELIEF AGREEMENTS, MUCH HAS BEEN NEGOTIATED, BUT THE NEIGHBORING GULF STATES NEED TO STEP FORWARD IN UPCOMING MEETINGS ARE AT HAND. THE DEBATE SEEMS TO BE ON THE SECURITY PIECE. SO THERE ARE THOSE WHO ARE SAYING, WELL, JUST BACK OUT COMPLETELY. THEY USE WORDS SUCH AS WITHDRAWAL TO THE UNITED STATES, REDEPLOY. BUT IS THAT A PLAN? I HAVEN'T HEARD ANY FORM OF MILITARY PLAN. TO SAY, WE'LL TURN IT OVER TO THEM. WOW. AS WE LISTENED TO -- THEIR NEIGHBORING LEADERS, THEY EXPRESS CAUTION OF CATACLYSMIC CONSEQUENCES. I FEAR OF HOW AMERICA WILL BE DEFINED BY OUR FRIENDS. DO YOU REACH OUT TO A CHILD AS YOU'RE TEACHING HOW TO WORK, LET GO OF THE HAND AND LET THEM FALL AND SAY IT'S UP TO YOU AND LEAVE THEM ALONE? YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO FIND YOUR WAY TO THE KITCHEN. OR DO YOU GO BACK AND HELP THEM WALK? I AM CONCERNED ABOUT HOW COLD AND CALOUS THE NEW MAJORITY IS TO THIS NEW GOVERNMENT. BUT I GUESS EVEN MORE DISCONCERTING TO ME IS THE POLITICS BEHIND THIS RESOLUTION. . THAT WE'RE GOING ON THE WRONG COURSE, THIS AMENDMENT BASICALLY OPERATES FOR THE SAME STATUS QUO, THE SAME STAT TUESDAY "THEY HAVE ATTACKED THE ADMINISTRATION AND CAMPAIGNED AGAINST LAST FALL. THEY OFFER NO SOLUTION, ONLY ACTING IS A CRITIC AND BEING A CRITIC IS THE EASIEST ROLE IN THE WORLD. JUST SIT BACK AND BARK AT SOMEONE AND OFFER NO PLAN FOR SOLUTION. WHAT IS THE PLAN OF SUCCESS FOR THEM? SILENCE. LET US ALSO ADDRESS THE UNDEMOCRATIC PROCESS BY WHICH THEIR RESOLUTION WAS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. WE STAND HERE IN DEBATE, HOW BEST TO BRING DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT TO IRAQ, YET THIS MAJORITY IN CONGRESS SHOWS THE LEADERS IN IRAQ HOW TO BE UNDEMOCRATIC AND DE A REPUBLICAN MINORITY A CHANCE TO BRING A SUBSTITUTE RESOLUTION. I FIND THAT QUITE IRONIC. THAT THIS CAPITOL, THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE MOST DEMOCRATIC PROCESS IN THE WORLD IS NOW UNDEMOCRATIC. I BEG OF MY COLLEAGUES NOT TO PLAY POLITICS WITH THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THIS NATION. I MUST REMIND THIS BODY AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OF THE THREAT WE FACE. IRAQ IS A CRITICAL FRONT IN A LARGER GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR. WE ARE ENTRENCHED IN A FIGHT AGAINST THE MASTERS OF INTIMIDATION, BOUND TOGETHER BY AN EXTREME PERVERTEDIEDOLOGY WHICH THEY CLAIM IS AN INTERPRETATION OF ISLAM. OUR ENEMIES SEEK TO ESTABLISH REGIMES THAT RULE ACCORDING TO A TOLERANT DISTORTION OF THE ISLAMIC FAITH, THAT IS TO DENY RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL FREEDOMS AND AIM SANCTUARIES FOR VIOLENCE AND ADDITIONAL ATTACKS. THEY HAVE NO CENTRALIZED COMMAND STRUCTURE OR PLACE TO CALL HOME. INSTEAD, THEY EXPLOIT LOCAL CONFLICTS TO BUILD A CULTURE OF VICTIMIZATION. THEY HAVE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN AND HAVE MASTERED TECHNOLOGY TO AID THEM IN THEIR BIDDING. ABU MUSAB AL-ZARQAWI, THE FORMER LEADER OF AL QAEDA IN IRAQ WARNED OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A DEMOCRATIC IRAQ IS THE DEATH TO AL QAEDA THERE. THINK ABOUT THAT. THE LEADER OF AL QAEDA IN IRAQ SAID TO ESTABLISH A DEMOCRATIC IRAQ IS THE DEATH OF AL QAEDA. YET, WHAT DOES THE NEW MAJORITY WANT? PULL OUT OUR PROOPS, WEAKEN THE STABILITY OF THAT COUNTRY TO BE THEN TAKEN OVER BY AL QAEDA, INSTEAD OF STRENGTHENING THE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT, ENSURING THEY HAVE A POLITICAL APPARATUS AND HAVE THE SECURITY TO PREVAIL, WHICH IS THE DEATH OF AL QAEDA. OUR RESOLVE SHOULD BE TO SUCCEED IN THIS STRUGGLE AND WE MUST BE STRONGER IN OUR RESOLVE THAN THERE IS RESOLVE TO INFLICT TERROR. AT EVERY STEP, THEY ARE WATCHING OUR MOVE, WAITING FOR US TO FACILITIER, FAIL, DROP OUR GUARD OR JUST WALK AWAY. GENERAL JOHN ABIZAID, THE FORMER COMMANDER DESCRIBED WELL THE RAMIFICATIONS OF LETTING IRAQ FALL TO TERRORISM. IN HIS TESTIMONY BEFORE THE UNITED STATES SENATE, QUOTE, THE ENEMY'S VISION OF THE FUTURE WOULD CREATE A REGION THAT WOULD LOOK LIKE AFGHANISTAN UNDER THE TALIBAN. MUSIC WOULD BE BANNED, WOMEN OSTRACIZED, BASIC LIBERTY BAN ISSUED, THE PEOPLE OF THE REGION DO NOT WANT THE FUTURE, THESE EXTREMISTS DESIRE. THE MORE WE TALK ABOUT THIS ENEMY, THE MORE ITS BANKRUPT IDEOLOGY WILL BECOME KNOWN, END QUOTE. THIS ENEMY USES SUICIDE BOMBINGS, BEHEADINGS AND OTHER ATROCITIES AGAINST INNOCENT CITIZENS OF THE WORLD TO PURSUE ITS OBJECTIVE. THEY ARE THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM AND WANTING NOTHING MORE THAN TO DISRUPT PEACEFUL SIFF I WILLIZED PEOPLE EVERYWHERE. NO ONE IS SAFE. AND IT IS NOT RESTRICTED TO THE MIDDLE EAST. JUST ASK THOSE IN LONDON AND ITALY AND OTHER PLACES AROUND THE WORLD. THIS IS A GLOBAL THREAT. IRAQ IS NOT THE LIMIT OF THIS BEAST'S HAVEN. IT IS THE CHALLENGE OF OUR GENERATION TO DESTROY THIS ENEMY WHEREVER IT LURKS. WE CANNOT DO IT WITHOUT THE RESOLVE, CUNNING AND ABOVE ALL VIGILANCE. THE PRICE THAT WE PAY FOR FREEDOM IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE FROM THOSE WHO SEEK TO STEAL IT AWAY. WHILE WE HAVE NOT BEEN ATTACKED ON OUR HOMELAND SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, IT IS NOT FOR THE LACK OF THE TERRORISTS' EFFORTS. WE HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO HAVE SPOILED AND FOILED SEVERAL PLOTS HERE IN THIS COUNTRY AND AROUND THE GLOBE. YET THE FIGHT IS FAR FROM OVER. CHANCES ARE THAT TODAY, YOU FEEL SAFE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. YOU CAN WALK TO THE STORE. YOU CAN PLAY WITH YOUR CHILDREN AT THE LOCAL PARK OR IN YOUR BACK YARD WITHOUT HAVING THE FEAR OF BEING BLOWN UP BY A ROADSIDE BOMB OR BEING SHOT BY A SNIPER. YOU ALLOW YOUR CHILDREN TO GO TO THE MALLS, WITHOUT FEAR OF A SUICIDE BOMBER. IT IS THAT PEACE OF MIND, THIS FEELING OF SAFETY THAT WE ARE ENDOWED AS ELECTED LEADERS OF THIS COUNTRY TO PRESERVE AT ALL COSTS. I REMIND YOU THAT THESE EXTREMISTS WANT TO DISRUPT AND DESTROY OUR EVERY WAY OF LIFE. THEY ARE NOT EQUIPPED TO DO BATTLE ON BATTLEFIELDS BUT LOOK TO OBSTRUCT OUR BASIC FREEDOMS, OUR SECURITIES AND INSTITUTIONS, BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE. THE WORLD IS THEIR BATTLEFIELD. THEIR HOPE AND GOAL IS TO OUTLAST OUR RESOLVE. IT IS OUR BURDEN TO BEAR, OUR GENERATION'S GREAT CHALLENGE TO DEFEAT THEIR HOPES AND OBJECTIVES. WE CANNOT COWER AND SEEK THE SANCTITY IN THIS CHALLENGE. YOU ARE NOT FREE WHEN YOU COWER. YOU HAVE GIVEN IN TO THE DESIGNS OF THE TERRORISTS IF WE DO SO. THIS DEBATE BEGAN WITH THE SPEAKER ASKING WHETHER OR NOT THIS RESOLUTION WILL MAKE OUR TROOPS SAFER. THE ANSWER, I BELIEVE, IS NO. THIS RESOLUTION LACKS COURAGE. IT LACKS LEADERSHIP. AND IT LACKS A FORWARD WAY OF THOUGHT. THIS RESOLUTION TO ME IS PURE POLITICAL THEATER. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS GIVEN US A LEGITIMATE PLAN TO WORK WITH AND THE MAJORITY IN THIS HOUSE HAS GIVEN US NOTHING BUT CRITICISM AND A PATH FOR AN EASY WAY OUT THAT VIRTUALLY OPENS THE DOOR FOR TERRORISTS TO DESTROY A DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT AND TO OPEN A WAY OF ACCESS TO THE UNITED STATES AND OUR ALLIES TOWARD TERROR. I CLOSE WITH A THOUGHT FROM A PAST PRESIDENT WHO FACED THE TRIALS IN HIS LIFETIME. PRESIDENT KENNEDY SAID, QUOTE, LET US RESOLVE TO BE THE MASTERS, NOT THE VICTIMS, OF OUR HISTORY, CONTROLLING OUR DESTINY WITHOUT GIVING WAY TO BLIND SUSPICIONS AND EMOTIONS. I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME

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    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA, MS. SAN CHESS

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    MS. SANCHEZ

    THIS RESOLUTION IS STRAIGHTFORWARD AND SYSTEMLE, WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND…

    THIS RESOLUTION IS STRAIGHTFORWARD AND SYSTEMLE, WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO SEND ADDITIONAL TROOPS TO IRAQ. I SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION BECAUSE WE NEED A NEW DIRECTION IN OUR IRAQ POLICY. THIS WAR HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR ALMOST MY ENTIRE SERVICE IN THIS HOUSE. DURING THAT TIME, I HAVE HEARD ONE MISREPRESENTATION AFTER ANOTHER. THIS WAR BEGAN ON A FLAWED PREMISE, THAT IRAQ HAD WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND POSED AN IMMINENT THREAT TO THE WORLD. AFTER MONTHS OF FRUITLESS SEARCHES, IT BECAME CLEAR THERE WERE NO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. BUT THREE YEARS AFTER COMING TO THAT CONCLUSION, WE'RE STILL IN IRAQ. THEN WE CAPTURED SADDAM HUSSEIN AND MORE THAN THREE YEARS LATER, WE'RE STILL IN IRAQ. WE WERE TOLD WE NEEDED TO BE THERE TO FIGHT THE TERRORISTS WHO ATTACKED US, BUT WE ALL KNEW THAT AL QAEDA WAS BASED IN AFGHANISTAN, NOT IRAQ. VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY SAID THE INSURGENCY WAS IN ITS LAST THROES, AND 20 MONTHS LATER, OUR TROOPS ARE STILL IN COMBAT IN IRAQ. WE WERE TOLD WE WERE THERE TO ESTABLISH DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM. IRAQ NOW HAS A CONSTITUTION AND AN ELECTED GOVERNMENT, BUT OVER ONE YEAR LATER, WE'RE STILL IN IRAQ. IT WAS THREE YEARS, NINE MONTHS AND TWO WEEKS AGO THAT PRESIDENT BUSH DECLARED MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. BUT OUR TROOPS ARE STILL IN IRAQ. WE IN THIS HOUSE AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC HAVE BEEN CONTINUOUSLY MISLED ABOUT THIS WAR. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. IF I REALLY BELIEVED THAT SENDING ANOTHER 20,000 TROOPS WOULD END THE WAR AND BRING STABILITY TO IRAQ, I WOULD SUPPORT IT. IT WOULD BE WORTH THE SACRIFICE. BUT THE WAR IN IRAQ CAN'T BE SOLVED MILITARILY, BECAUSE IT'S A POLITICAL PROBLEM. SO WHEN THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO SEND EVEN MORE TROOPS, WE REALLY NEED TO TAKE STOCK OF WHAT THAT MEANS FOR OUR COUNTRY AND THE LASTING IMPACT THAT WILL HAVE. WE ALL KNOW THE STATISTICS. 3,124 AMERICAN TROOPS KILLED, OVER 20,000 WOUNDED AND OVER 379 BILLION SPENT. AND I HAVE SEEN THE COSTS BEYOND THE NUMBERS. AND I'M SURE MY COLLEAGUES HAVE AS WELL. EACH VISIT THAT I HAVE MADE TO WALTER REED, EVERY WOUNDED VETERAN I HAVE MET IN MY DISTRICT AND EACH LETTER I WRITE TO THE WIDOW OR PARENT OF A FALLEN SOLDIER PAINFULLY REMINDS ME OF THE GREAT SACRIFICE WE ARE ASKING FROM OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND THEIR FAMILIES. THERE ARE ALSO COSTS THAT WE DON'T HAVE THE NUMBERS FOR, BUT THEY'RE WORTH CONSIDERING. HOW MANY CHILDREN WILL GROW UP WITHOUT A PARENT BECAUSE OF THIS WAR? HOW MANY VETERANS LIVES WILL BE FOR EVER ALTERED BECAUSE OF THE INJURIES THEY HAVE ENDURED? HOW ARE WE BEING PERCEIVED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND HAS IT MADE US MORE VULNERABLE? AS WE CONSIDER THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION TO SEND MORE TROOPS AND ESCALATE THE COSTS WE'RE BEARING, WE HAVE TO ASK WHETHER SENDING MORE TROOPS TO FULFILL A FLAWED POLICY IS JUSTIFIED. I DON'T THINK IT IS AND MOST AMERICANS DON'T THINK IT IS EITHER. . AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED THIS IS A MORAL ISSUE. WE ARE NOT DOING RIGHT BY OUR TROOPS AND FAMILIES TO CONTINUE SENDING THEM INTO HARM'S WAY WITHOUT A WINNING STRATEGY AND WE'RE NOT DOING RIGHT FOR AMERICA. OUR CONTINUED PRESENCE IN IRAQ IS BREEDING NEW RECRUITS FOR TERROR GROUPS AND ERODING THE READINESS OF OUR OWN ARMED FORCES. WE ARE INCREASINGLY VULNERABLE OF DEFENDING OUR INTERESTS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD SUCH AS AFGHANISTAN, WHERE YESTERDAY THE "WASHINGTON POST" REPORTS THAT NATO LACKS ENOUGH TROOPS TO FIGHT THE TALIBAN AND AL QAEDA. IT'S TIME TO CHANGE OUR TACTICS AND BRING AN END TO OUR CURRENT MISSION IN IRAQ. THIS RESOLUTION ISN'T GOING TO DO THAT, BUT IT'S THE FIRST STEP IN ARTICULATING TO THIS PRESIDENT THAT STAYING THE COURSE ISN'T WORKING AND IT ISN'T ACCEPTABLE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I URGE ALL MY COLLEAGUES TO JOIN ME IN VOTING YES ON THE RESOLUTION. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:57:35 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA.

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    MR. BUYER

    I YIELD SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. BUYER

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

  • 10:02:09 PM

    MR. LEWIS

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK VERY MUCH MY COLLEAGUE FOR THOSE VERY,…

    YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK VERY MUCH MY COLLEAGUE FOR THOSE VERY, VERY POIGNANT REMARKS, LAYING DOUB THE FOUNDATION FOR US TO UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT THIS CHALLENGE IS WE ARE ABOUT. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TO OPPOSE THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US AND URGE THOSE WHO ARE VOTING FOR IT OR CONSIDERING IT TO CAREFULLY RECONSIDER THEIR DECISION. SECTION 1 SIMPLY EXPRESSES ALL OF OUR SUPPORT FOR OUR TROOPS WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM AND FREEDOM IN THE WORLD IN IRAQ. ALL OF US AGREE WITH THAT PIECE OF THE STATEMENT AND EACH OF US HAVE EXPRESSED OUR SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO OUR TROOPS IN OUR OWN WAY AND OUR OWN TIME. THE SECOND SECTION CHALLENGED THE PRESIDENT -- ACTUALLY, THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF'S REQUEST FOR A SURGE IN IRAQ. MUCH HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT OUR GOING TO IRAQ BECAUSE OF THE PROSPECT OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. IN THE HANDS OF THE MADMAN SADDAM HUSSEIN. WE PRESUMED THEIR PRESENCE, AS MOST OF THE LEADERS OF THE WORLD AND MOST OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITIES OF THE WORLD, SO PRESUMED. NOT FINDING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION DOES NOT SET ASIDE THE IMPORTANCE OF ELIMINATING THE FORCE OF SADDAM HUSSEIN FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH. IT WAS MY HONOR TO LEAD ONE OF THE EARLY TRIPS TO IRAQ FOLLOWING THE FALL OF SADDAM. WE WERE ABOUT TO CONSIDER AN $87 BILLION SUPPLEMENTAL TO HELP FINANCE OUR PRESENCE IN IRAQ. I WANTED TO TAKE A TEAM OF MEMBERS WHO WOULD REFLECT MUCH OF THE CONGRESS SO THAT TRIP INCLUDED CONSERVATIVES AND MODERATES AND LIBERALS. IT ALSO INCLUDED WITHIN US MEMBERS WHO HAD VOTED TO SUPPORT GOING TO WAR AND THOSE WHO HAD VOTED AGAINST IT. WE VISITED MOST OF IRAQ, MOSUL, TIKRIT, WE SPENT TIME IN BAGHDAD, WE VISITED THE KILLING FIELDS WHERE OVER 500,000 BODIES OF IRAQIS LIE, IRAQIS WHO WERE MURDERED BY SADDAM HUSSEIN. WE SAW THE GOLDEN PALACES AND VISITED THE INDUSTRIAL SITES SUFFERING UNDER SADDAM HUSSEIN'S NEGLECT. WE SAW THE ECONOMIC CONDITIONS, THE HAND BASKET CONDITIONS LEFT BY SADDAM HUSSEIN. WE STOPPED OUT OF THE COUNTRY ON OUR WAY HOME TO CONSIDER THE FACT THAT THERE WAS THIS SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS BEFORE US WHEN WE RETURNED, SOME $87 BILLION. DISCUSSING WHAT WE HAD EXPERIENCED. AND THE EXPERIENCE HAD HAD A TREMENDOUS EFFECT UPON ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES. PROBABLY SUMMARIZED BY THE STATEMENT OF ONE OF OUR MEMBERS WHO SAID, YOU ALL KNOW WHERE I'VE BEEN COMING FROM. I VOTED AGAINST THE WAR, BUT AFTER WE HAVE SEEN WHAT WE'VE SEEN OVER THIS LONG STAY IN IRAQ, I'M AFRAID WHAT I'M ABOUT TO DO IS GOING TO BE VERY, VERY UNPOPULAR AT HOME. BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW WE CAN DO ANYTHING ELSE. SOMETIMES, HE SAID, YOU HAVE TO BE AHEAD OF YOUR PEOPLE. SOMETIMES WE ARE ELECTED ACTUALLY TO LEAD. THAT WAS ALMOST FOUR YEARS AGO AND FAST FORWARD TO TODAY. SADDAM HUSSEIN, HE'S GONE. HE'S DEAD. AND HE'S BURIED, BUT THE EEXTREMIST JIHADDY ISLAMIC TERRORISTS REMAIN AND CONTINUE TO IMPACT THE ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST. THAT IS WHY WE MUST SUCCEED IN IRAQ. THAT IS WHY WE CANNOT AFFORD TO WITHDRAW TROOPS NOW. WATCHING OUR FLOOR DEBATE LAST NIGHT MY WIFE TURNED TO ME AND SAID, THEY WANT US TO REDEPLOY OR WITHDRAWAL. THEY WANT US TO RETREAT. SHE SAID, GEORGE WASHINGTON DID NOT RETREAT WHEN OUR COUNTRY WAS IN DANGER. SHE QUESTIONED WHY WE FIND OURSELVES IN THIS KIND OF CIRCUMSTANCE TODAY. I WAS REMINESCENT OF THAT EARLY TIME IN OUR HISTORY WHEN OUR NATION WAS THREATENED, THE FRENCH CAME TO OUR RESCUE, OUR ASSISTANCE AND, INDEED, PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN OUR FUTURE COMMANDER IN CHIEF BEING SUCCESSFUL. AMERICANS SHOULD NEVER FORGET THAT. THE STATUE OF LIBERTY STANDS ON ELLIS ISLAND TO REMIND US OF THAT FRENCH VIEW OF THE YOUNG AMERICA, A LAND OF HOPE, WHERE FREEDOM COULD REIGN AND OPPORTUNITY MIGHT ABOUND. FOR THAT MAN AND OTHER REASONS WE LOVE FRANCE. AND THE FRENCH PEOPLE ARE OUR FRIENDS. BUT FRANCE IS NOT ENTIRELY THE SAME COUNTRY AT THIS POINT IN IT HISTORY. SHE NO LONGER PROVIDES SUCH A LEADING LIGHT FOR THE WORLD. NO LONGER IT IS PRESUMED THAT THE FRENCH LANGUAGE SHOULD BE THE LANGUAGE OF THE INTERNATIONAL WORLD. TODAY ABOUT 10% OF THE FRENCH FRENCH POPULATION IS MUSLIM. MUCH OF THAT POPULATION IS MIDDLE CLASS AND SOMETHING LESS THAN MIDDLE CLASS OPPORTUNITY. WITHIN THAT GROUP THERE ABOUNDS THE VOICE OF ISLAMIC EXTREME. THERE ARE THOSE WHO ADVOCATE JIHAD AND WHO WOULD WIPE FRANCE AS WE KNOW IT OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH. WE SHOULD NOT CONSIDER WITHDRAWALING NOW. BECAUSE A STABLE IRAQ IS VITAL TO OUR NATIONAL INTERESTS AND IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR ABILITY TO PROMOTE PEACE AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. IT IS A CRITICAL BATTLEGROUND IN OUR WAR AGAINST TERRORISM. IF WE SUCCEED IN IRAQ WE WILL HAVE TAKEN A GIGANTIC STEP TOWARDS STOMPING OUT THE SOURCE OF TERRORISM -- MAY I USE THAT WATER. I'M SORRY, BUT I WILL. -- STAMPING OUT THE SOURCE OF TERRORISM THAT EXISTS IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD. IF WE ARE NOT SUCCESSFUL IN IRAQ WE WILL MEET EXTREMIST ISLAMIC ACTIVISM ELSEWHERE 9/11 WAS ONLY A PART OF A BEGINNING. IF WE DO NOT STOP EXTREME ISLAMIC JIHADISTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST WE WILL SEE IT AGAIN AND MOST LIKELY WE WILL SEE IT AGAIN HERE AT HOME. REVIEW WITH ME FOR A MOMENT WHERE WE HAVE BEEN IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ AND WHERE IT MAY TAKE US. AL QAEDA WAS NURTURED AND GAINED STRENGTH IN AFGHANISTAN. AMERICA HAD PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN FORCING THE FORMER SOVIET UNION TO CEASE ITS INCURSION IN AFGHANISTAN. THE ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS WHO SURROUND THE LIKES OF OSAMA BIN LADEN TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE VACUUM OF AFGHANISTAN AND USED IT AS A TRAINING GROUND THAT WOULD PROVIDE FOR THE TERRORISTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPREAD THEIR JIHAD AROUND THE WORLD AND SPREAD TERRORISM WITH IT. AMERICA CANNOT ALLOW THE LIKES OF OSAMA BIN LADEN TO HAVE PLACES LIKE AFGHANISTAN TO SERVE AS TRAINING GROUNDS. IT IS OUR -- IN OUR VITAL INTEREST TO SEE THAT IRAQ, FOR EXAMPLE, DOES NOT SERVE AS A RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING GROUND FOR THE FORCES WHO OPPOSE FOR THREE MINUTES AND WHO OPPOSE OUR VERY WAY OF LIFE. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, THERE ARE FORCES IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD WHO DO NOT BELIEVE WE SHOULD EXIST. THEY MAY BE RELATIVELY NEW OR SMALL IN NUMBER, BUT THERE ARE THOSE OF ISLAMIC JIHADIST EXTREME WHO ARE COMMITTED TO THE DEATH OF THE NONBELIEVERS. THERE ARE THOSE ON THE EXTREME IMAN FRINGE WHO TEACH HATRED FOR THE INFIDELS IN MOSQUES ALL AROUND THE WORLD. WE DO NOT WANT TO BELIEVE IN SUCH EXTREMISM AS A COUNTRY OR A PEOPLE, BUT THE TRUE BELIEVERS WANT ALL OF US TO BE DEAD. ALL ENGLISHMEN. ALL GERMANS. ALL FRENCH PEOPLE, ALL AMERICANS WHO ARE NOT COMMITTED TO THEIR BELIEF. THE HEATHENS SHOULD BE DEAD. HOW ELSE WOULD ONE BE ABLE TO CONVINCE MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN TO STRAP THEMSELVES WITH BOMBS AND KILL THE INNOCENTS BY THE THOUSANDS. IF NOT DEAD TO ALL INFIDELS, HOW ELSE WOULD A MOTHER PRAISE ALLAH AS HER YOUNG CHILD EXPLODES AS A BOMB IN A CROWDED TRAIN STATION? THE WAR ON TERROR GOES WELL BEYOND IRAQ. BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, THAT WAR WILL NOT BE WON BY WALKING AWAY FROM IRAQ. THE PRESIDENT HAS CALLED FOR A SURGE OF JUST OVER 20,000 TROOPS. THAT REQUEST DOES NOT FLOW FROM A NAIVE PRESUMPTION THAT JUST MAY BE, JUST MAYBE THE BATTLE FOR BEING A DAD CAN BE WON BY A FEW BRAVE MEN. THE CALL FOR THESE TROOPS IS A CHANGE IN STRATEGY. A STRATEGY THAT SUGGESTS WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF SUCH BRAVE MEN COMMITTED TO TAKING THE IRAQIS OUT FRONT CAN LEAD THE WAY TO A SUCCESSFUL CHANGE IN BAGHDAD. INDEED, A CHANGE THROUGHOUT IRAQ. A STRATEGY THAT THE PRESIDENT WOULD SUGGEST INVOLVES CLEARING AREAS OF BAGHDAD, CLEARING OTHER AREAS THROUGHOUT IRAQ, STABILIZING THEM AND PROVIDING THE REAL OPPORTUNITY FOR DEMOCRATIC GROWTH AND CHANGE IN IRAQ. A SUCCESSFUL STABLIZATION OF BAGHDAD INDEED IS ONLY THE BEGINNING POINT IN IRAQ. TO ME, THIS KIND OF CHANGE IS THE REAL HOPE FOR THE PEOPLE NOT JUST OF IRAQ BUT OF THE ENTIRE REGION. TO ME THAT IS THE DEFINITION OF SUCCESS IN IRAQ. IF WE ARE SUCCESSFUL, WE WILL HAVE CHANGED THE FACE OF THE MIDDLE EAST. A SUCCESSFUL IRAQ WILL SEND A GREAT MESSAGE TO THE LIKES OF IRAN, SYRIA, YEMEN AND INDONESIA. THE CHANCE FOR A LONG-TERM PEACE AND THE CHANCE FOR STABILITY IN THE ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST IS THE GREAT STRATEGIC INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES SAVING TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LIVES ARE WORTH A GREAT COMMITMENT BY THE -- I'M SORRY. BY THE WORLD'S ONLY REMAINING SUPERPOWER. I'M SORRY, MR. SPEAKER, THIS COLD JUST SHOULDN'T BE DOING THIS. THE ECONOMIC VALUES THAT ARE TO BE GAINED FROM STABILIZING THE REGION ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO ESTIMATE BUT THEY CAN BE MEASURED IN MULTIPLE TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS. BUT WHAT HAPPENS IF WE WALK AWAY NOW? ALSO DIFFICULT TO ESTIMATE. BUT HERE ARE BUT A FEW OF THE POSSIBILITIES AND LISTEN TO THE POSSIBILITIES. FIRST, INSTABILITY IS REPLACED BY A NEW KIND OF CENTRALIZED AUTHORITARIAN CONTROL POTENTIALLY, PERHAPS AN ARBITRARY GOVERNMENT WITH SADDAM-LIKE CONTROLS. SHIIA WOULD VERY LIKELY BE IN CHARGE AND FORCE WOULD BE EXERCISED IN THE NAME OF STABILITY. BEYOND THAT, KURD STAN, IN THE OFFERING AND INSECURE KURDISH POPULATION TO THE NORTH WOULD DO ALL IT COULD TO PROTECT. THE PROSPECTS OF A KURDISH REGION OR STATE WOULD CREATE MAJOR TENSION BETWEEN TURKEY AND BAGHDAD AND THAT NEW REGION IN NORTHERN IRAQ. BEYOND THAT, SUNNI IRAN WOULD LOOK UPON THE NEW DIRECTION OF IRAQ WITH GREAT CONCERN BECAUSE OF SECTARIAN DIFFERENCES. . FOURTH, THE JIHADIST EXTREMISTS OF ISLAM WOULD INCREASE SWAY IN THE REGION. THE THREAT OF TERRORISM ALL OVER THE WORLD WOULD BE A REALITY TO THOSE WHO WOULD BUT LOOK. INDEED, THE PROSPECTS, TO SAY THE LEAST WOULD BE FRIGHTENING TO ANYBODY WHO WOULD BUT LOOK. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MR. SPEAKER, ALL OF OUR COUNTRY, PLEASE REALIZE THAT THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO WALK AWAY. THIS IS THE TIME FOR THE ONLY REMAINING SUPERPOWER IN THE WORLD, AMERICA, TO LEAD ON BEHALF OF FREEDOM, TO LEAD ON BEHALF OF PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITY AND CHANGE FOR THE ENTIRE WORLD. AND MR. BUYER, I APPRECIATE YOU EXTENDING ME THIS TIME.

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  • 10:16:43 PM

    MR. BUYER

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON.

  • 10:16:53 PM

    MR. SMITH

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE FIRST THING I WANT TO POINT…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE FIRST THING I WANT TO POINT OUT, THERE ARE NO OTHER ARGUMENTS I WANT TO MAKE, BUT DURING MR. LEWIS'S COMMENTS, HE MENTIONED THAT THE GENTLEWOMAN IS RECOGNIZED WASHINGTON NEVER RETREATED. I JUST READ A BOOK ABOUT PRESIDENT WASHINGTON AND NOT TO PUNCTURE HOLES, HE RETREATED A FAIR AMOUNT. I DON'T KNOW WHERE WE GOT THIS IDEA THAT THE GREAT LEADERS OF OUR TIME ONLY WENT FORWARD. WE HAVE HEARD ABOUT PRESIDENT KENNEDY AND PRESIDENT TRUMAN. AND ONE TIME OR ANOTHER, THEY RETREATED FROM A FAIR NUMBER OF BATTLES. SOMETIMES THAT WAS A TACTICAL REASON TO WIN A WAR AND SOMETIMES IT WAS A MISTAKE. AND HISTORY JUDGES. BUT IT PORTRAYS THE THINKING OF THE PRESIDENT. A LITTLE MORE THOUGHT MIGHT HELP US. AND I'LL RETURN TO THAT POINT AT THE END OF MY REMARKS. I THINK THIS IS BY AND LARGE A VERY GOOD DEBATE ON AN IMPORTANT ISSUE FACING OUR NATION. THE ONLY TIME I BECOME TROUBLED IS WHEN SPEAKERS ON THE OTHER SIDE SAY THIS IS JUST POLITICAL AND THAT THIS RESOLUTION IS IRRELEVANT. WHAT THEY'RE SAYING IS THAT THE OPINION OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON THE MOST IMPORTANT PUBLIC POLICY ISSUE FACING OUR NATION TODAY IS IRRELEVANT. THE OPINION OF THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE DOESN'T MATTER. NOW THAT EXPLAINS A LOT FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS WHY THE MINORITY PARTY WAS IN THE MAJORITY, WHEN THEY DID NOT QUESTION THIS PRESIDENT, WHEN THEY DID NOT EXPRESS THEIR OPINION IN A WAY THAT WOULD MOVE UGS IN A MORE POSITIVE DIRECTION. I FEEL VERY STRONGLY, IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THOSE OF US IN CONGRESS WHO REPRESENT PEOPLE, OUR CONSTITUENTS, TO EXPRESS OUR OPINION IN A WAY WE'RE EXPRESSING THEIR OPINION. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE HERE IN THE HOUSE, THE MOSS REFLECTTIVE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY. TO SAY THIS IS IRRELEVANT IS AN ABSOLUTE ATTACK ON THE CONSTITUTION. WE MUST EXPRESS OUR OPINION ON THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES OF THE DAY. AND THEN WE COME TO THE NEXT ISSUE, WHICH IS, YOU CAN'T QUESTION THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF. HE'S THE GUY IN CHARGE AND KNOWS MORE THAN THE REST OF US. YOU CAN'T QUESTION HIM. IT UNDERMINES EVERYTHING. I EXPRESS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF SYMPATHY FOR THE VIEW THAT WE SHOULD PLACE FAITH IN THE COMMANDER OF CHIEF. THIS IS WHY I VOTED FOR THIS RESOLUTION FOUR YEARS AGO. FOUR YEARS AGO, THE PRESIDENT SAID TO PROSECUTE THE BROADER WAR ON TERROR, WE NEED TO HAVE THIS AUTHORITY. I HAD MY DOUBTS BUT I WANTED TO SUPPORT THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF RECOGNIZING THE POWER HE HAS. MY QUESTION FOR THE MINORITY IS FOR HOW LONG, HOW MANY MISTAKES DOES THIS PRESIDENT HAVE TO MAKE BEFORE WE DON'T HAVE AN OBLIGATION NOT JUST A RIGHT, BUT AN OBLIGATION TO EXPRESS OUR DISAPPROVAL AND TRY TO GET HIM TO MOVE IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION? BOOKS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN MORE THAN I CAN COUNT ABOUT ALL OF THE MISTAKES THAT THIS PRESIDENT HAS MADE IN IRAQ, BOOKS NOT WRITTEN JUST BY OPPONENTS OF THE WAR. MANY OF THEM WRITTEN BY PROPONENTS, OUTRAGED THAT THEY TOOK THEIR IDEA, THE PRESIDENT TOOK THEIR IDEA AND MADE A HASH ABOUT IT. MR. PRESIDENT, WEP DON'T TRUST YOU TO GIVE YOU A BLANK CHECK AND WE HAVE TO EXPRESS OUR OPINION. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS RESOLUTION DOES. LET ME ASSURE YOU, WE WANT TO WIN. WE ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE RECOGNIZE EVERYTHING THAT HAS BEEN SAID ON THAT SIDE ABOUT THE THREAT THAT AL QAEDA AND THEIR FOLLOWERS PRESENTS. WE WILL FIGHT THEM ANYWHERE ANY TIME BECAUSE WE RECOGNIZE THAT THREAT. IN FACT, I BELIEVE THAT THERE IS AL QAEDA IN IRAQ AND WE SHOULD FIGHT THEM. BUT WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SPECIFICALLY TODAY, AND MR. BUYER MENTIONED THE 21,TROOPS. THAT IS THE ASPECT OF THE PLAN WE FOCUSED ON BECAUSE THAT IS THE ASPECT OF THE PLAN THAT IS MOST WRONG, THAT DOES THE EXACT WRONG THING, SENDING 21,000 U.S. TROOPS TO FIGHT IN A CIVIL WAR THAT HAS BEEN BETTER DESCRIBED BY SOME OF MY OTHER COLLEAGUES, THAT THEY CANNOT POSSIBLY SORT OUT THE BAD GUYS FROM THE GOOD GUYS, IS THE EXACT WRONG THING TO DO. GIVEN THAT FEELING, AND I PERSONALLY THOUGHT ABOUT THIS A GREAT DEAL. I MET WITH THE PRESIDENT ON A COUPLE OF OCCASIONS AS HE OUTLINED THIS PLAN. I TALKED WITH MANY SOLDIERS WHO HAVE SERVED AND GOT MANY OPINIONS ON THIS AND HAVE COME TO THE HONEST CONCLUSION THAT IT IS A MISTAKE, THAT IT UNDERMINES OUR ABILITY TO WIN THAT LARGER WAR AGAINST AL QAEDA, WHICH IS THE WAR WE ARE FIGHTING. AND GIVEN THE FACT THAT I FEEL THAT WAY, I WOULD BE BETRAYING EVERYTHING THAT I SAID I WAS GOING TO DO WHEN I GOT ELECTED IF I DIDN'T, ON THE RECORD, EXPRESS THAT OPINION. AND THAT IS WHAT THIS RESOLUTION DOES. SO I KNOW THIS HOPE WILL GO UNFULFILLED, BUT I HOPE AT A MINIMUM THAT THE MINORITY CAN STOP SAYING THAT THE OPINION OF THIS HOUSE IS IRRELEVANT. IF THEY FEEL THAT WAY, THEY SHOULD ALL GO HOME. IT MATTERS. YOU MAY DISAGREE WITH THE OPINION WE'RE EXPRESSING. I URGE YOU TO VOTE NO IF YOU FEEL THAT WAY. I DON'T FEEL THAT WAY. WE NEED TO TELL THE COMMANDER CHIEF HE HAS LED US DOWN TOO MANY BLIND ALIES. WE WANT HIM TO CHANGE COURSE AND THAT IS THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE BEING EXPRESSED BY US. THAT IS NOT JUST OUR RIGHT BUT OUR DUTY AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS. WITH THAT, I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE, MR. ALLEN. THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 10:22:40 PM

    MR. ALLEN

    SPEAKER, I THANK OUR SPEAKER AND THE MAJORITY LEADER FOR SCHEDULING THIS…

    SPEAKER, I THANK OUR SPEAKER AND THE MAJORITY LEADER FOR SCHEDULING THIS LONG OVERDUE DEBATE ON IRAQ. FOR FOUR YEARS, WE HAVE SUFFERED FROM A CONGRESS THAT WAS UNWILLING TO LEAD AND CONTENT SIMPLY TO FOLLOW ON IRAQ. THE PREVIOUS MAJORITY GAVE THE PRESIDENT A BLANK CHECK FOR THE WAR AND RUBBER STAMPED THE FUNDING. THEY IGNORED OVERSIGHT, AVOIDED INVESTIGATIONS AND STIFLED DEBATE. TODAY IN IRAQ, THE PRICE OF THIS NEGLECT IS THE LOSS OF TOO MANY AMERICAN LIVES CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE OF A SECTARIAN CIVIL WAR. NOW OUR NEW DEMOCRATIC LEADERS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS ARE ASSERTING CONGRESS'S CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY ON WAR AND PEACE. WE ARE RECLAIMING A CONGRESSIONAL ROLE IN FOREIGN POLICY IN ORDER TO BRING A RESPONSIBLE END TO THE U.S. MILITARY INVOLVEMENT IN IRAQ. ONE STEP IS THIS RESOLUTION, WHICH SENDS A VITAL SIGNAL OF DISAPPROVAL OF THE PRESIDENT'S ESCALATION PLAN. ANOTHER IS THE AMBITIOUS LIST OF LONG OVERDUE OVERSIGHT HEARINGS. IN THE FIRST FIVE WEEKS OF THIS CONGRESS, WE HELD MORE HEARINGS IN IRAQ THAN THE REPUBLICANS HELD IN ALL OF 2006. THE NEXT STEP, WE SHOULD USE THE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS TO SHAPE POLICY IN IRAQ. I STRONGLY SUPPORT THE SKELTON-LANTOS RESOLUTION, WHICH EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR THE TROOPS AND DISAPPROVAL OF THE PRESIDENT'S ESCALATION. ONLY A POLITICAL SOLUTION, NOT A MILITARY ONE, WILL ADDRESS THE SECTARIAN CONFLICT IN IRAQ. YET PRESIDENT BUSH HAS REJECTED THE WISDOM OF HIS MILITARY COMMANDERS, THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP AND MANY OTHER EXPERTS, BY CHOOSING TO SEND MORE TROOPS INTO A SUNNI-SHIA CONFLICT WE CANNOT CONTROL. ESCALATION, WE KNOW, IS OPPOSED BY A MAJORITY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MORE TELLING, IT IS OPPOSED BY A MAJORITY OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE. WHEN THE WHITE HOUSE WAR PLAN DIFFICULT VERGE FROM THE WISHES OF THE PEOPLE AND LEADERS OF IRAQ, WE MUST QUESTION THE RELEVANCE OF THE MISSION. OUR STATEMENT ON THE ESCALATION IS IMPORTANT, BUT OUR CONSTITUENTS ALSO DESERVE TO KNOW OUR POSITION ON AN EXIT STRATEGY. WE CANNOT MAKE NEEDED INVESTMENTS IN OUR FUTURE UNTIL WE PUT OUR INVOLVEMENT IN IRAQ IN THE PAST. THIS WAR IS STRAINING OUR MILITARY AND UNDERMINING OUR ABILITY TO DEAL WITH DOMESTIC CHALLENGES. WE MUST FORCE IRAQIS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN SECURITY, BY DIRECTING AND ORDERING REDEPLOYMENT OF THE TROOPS AND A POLITICAL SOLUTION IN IRAQ WITH FOCUS ON TRANSITION TO IRAQI CONTROL. RECENT EXPERIENCE SHOWS THAT THE U.S. MUST IMPOSE DEADLINES WITH CONSEQUENCES, SO THAT IRAQI LEADERS WILL BE COMPELLED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. AND INDEFINITE U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE IN IRAQ CREATES A CLIMATE OF DEPENDENCY THAT UNDERMINES THE GOAL OF HAVING THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT CONTROL INTERNAL SECURITY. IT IS NOT IN OUR NATIONAL INTERESTS TO HAVE U.S. TROOPS PLACED BETWEEN WARRING FACTIONS AND A SECTARIAN CIVIL WAR. TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL, I SUPPORT H.R. 645, A BILL INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTTIVES DAVID PRICE AND BRAD MILLER. THE BILL TERMINATES BY DECEMBER 31, 2007, THE AUTHORIZATION FOR MILITARY OPERATIONS IN IRAQ THAT PASSED OVER MY OBJECTION IN 2002. THE ORIGINAL MISSION ELIMINATING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION ANDOUSING SADDAM HUSSEIN IS NO LONGER OPERATIVE. IF THE PRESIDENT BELIEVES TROOPS SHOULD REMAIN IN IRAQ BEYOND 2007, HE MUST CONGRESS AND JUSTIFY A NEW MISSION AND CONGRESS WOULD HAVE TO VOTE TO APPROVE A NEW MISSION. H.R. 645 ALSO REQUIRES THE PRESIDENT TO SUBMIT A PLAN AND TIMETABLE FOR PHASING OUT TROOP DEPLOYMENT BY DECEMBER 31, 2007. IT PROHIBITS FUNDING FOR PERMANENT U.S. BASES IN IRAQ AND AUTHORIZES FUNDING FOR EMPLOYMENT, DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE PROGRAMS IN THAT COUNTRY AND CREATES A SPECIAL ENVOY FOR IRAQ REGIONAL SECURITY. AMERICA'S SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN SENT TO IRAQ HAVE SERVED WITH SKILL, DETERMINATION AND COURAGE. WE OWE THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES OUR GRATITUDE AND OUR UNWAVERING SUPPORT. LIKE EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS, I HAVE BEEN TO TOO MANY FUNERALS NOT TO UNDERSTAND THE SACRIFICE OF THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED AND THEIR FAMILIES. NEITHER H.CON.RES. 63 AND H.R. 645 CUTS OFF FUNDING. CONGRESS MUST TAKE A LONG OVERDUE LEADERSHIP ROLE IN ENDING THIS WAR. THIS RESOLUTION IS AN IMPORTANT FIRST STEP. AND I URGE ALL MEMBERS TO SUPPORT IT. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 10:27:50 PM

    MR. SMITH

    CHARGE THAT DEMOCRATS DON'T HAVE A PLAN ISN'T TRUE. WE HAVE A LARGE NUMBER…

    CHARGE THAT DEMOCRATS DON'T HAVE A PLAN ISN'T TRUE. WE HAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF THEM. WE ARE TRYING TO GET THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF TO START PAYING ATTENTION TO THEM AND WITH THAT I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 10:28:11 PM

    MR. BUYER

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE MISSION HERE IS TO DEVELOP A COUNTRY THAT…

    SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. THE MISSION HERE IS TO DEVELOP A COUNTRY THAT CAN GOVERN, SUSTAIN AND DEFEND ITSELF. GOVERN, SUSTAIN AND DEFEND. SO UNDER THAT -- UNDER GOVERN, YOU HAVE POLITICAL, UNDER SUSTAIN, YOU HAVE ECONOMIC, AND UNDER DEFEND, YOU HAVE SECURITY. SO AS I LISTENED TO MY COLLEAGUES COME TO THE FLOOR AND SAID, IT ONLY REQUIRES A POLITICAL SOLUTION. REALLY? THESE ARE NOT INEX TRY CABBLE. I ALSO APPEAL FOR CONSISTENCY. I JUST HEARD THE LAST SPEAKER TALK ABOUT THE NECESSITY FOR NATIONAL INTERESTS. SO HE SAID IT'S NOT IN OUR NATIONAL INTEREST TO BE IN IRAQ. LET'S STOP AND THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A SECOND. LET'S BE CONSISTENT. IN 1990'S, REPUBLICANS OPERATED UNDER WHAT WAS CALLED THE WEIN BERG DOCTRINE. AND THAT'S HOW WE WERE GUIDING OURSELVES. THEN WHAT HAPPENS? WE GOT BOSNIA AND WE SAID THAT'S A EUROPEAN PROBLEM. AND IN THE U.N. CAME IN AND IT WAS INEFFECTIVE. PRESIDENT CLINTON MADE A JUDGMENT AND HE UPSET REPUBLICANS. HE MADE A JUDGMENT THAT BECAUSE OF THE ATROCITIES IN BOSNIA, THE ETHNIC CLEANSING THAT WAS OCCURRING, THAT IT TOOK U.S. GROUND TROOPS, A PRESENCE OF THEM, REPUBLICANS AT THE TIME SAID, THERE ARE NOT VITAL INTERESTS AT STAKE. DEMOCRATS THEN SAID, THAT DOESN'T MATTER. THIS IS A HUMANITARIAN CAUSE. SO DEMOCRATS SAID, IT'S OK TO TAKE U.S. TROOPS, PUT THEM ON THE GROUND TO STOP THE FIGHTING FOR A HUMANITARIAN PURPOSE. THAT'S WHAT DEMOCRATS SAID IN THE 1990'S. REPUBLICANS WERE CURIOUS ABOUT ALL THIS BECAUSE IT WAS AGAINST THE WINE BERG DOCTRINE. THERE WERE 315 VOTES. I BROUGHT A RESOLUTION TO THE FLOOR. DON'T PUT U.S. GROUND TROOPS ON THE FLOOR. AND THAT WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAYTON PEACE ACCORDS. THE PRESIDENT BRINGS ME DOWN TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND SAID, WORK WITH ME HERE AND I SAID I WILL. AND WE DRAFTED IMPLEMENTATIONS. I WORKED WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON. WHERE DO I HEAR YOU WORKING FOR A SOLUTION IN IRAQ? DON'T JUST BE THE CRITIC. I ASK OF MY COLLEAGUES, WHERE IS YOUR CONSISTENCY IN YOUR POLICIES? IF YOU ARE AS CONSISTENT AS YOU WERE FOR A DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT, IT WAS A HUMANITARIAN CAUSE IN BOSNIA, I DON'T HEAR YOU TALKING ABOUT THE ATROCITIES THAT OCCURRED UNDER SADDAM HUSSEIN, THE MURDERERS, THE ETHNIC CLEANSING, A HUMANITARIAN CAUSE, THE EFFECT IT HAS ON THE NEIGHBORS AND THE STABILITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST, BUT WHAT ABOUT ISRAEL? DO YOU WANT TO TURN YOUR BACK ON ISRAEL?

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  • 10:31:30 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    RECLAIMING MY TIME.

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    MR. BUYER

    TIME.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, MAY I ASK HOW MUCH TIME REMAINS ON BOTH SIDES.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS AN HOUR AND 10 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS AN HOUR AND 10 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA, AN HOUR AND 19 MINTS.

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    YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WANTED TO MENTION TO MY…

    YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. I WANTED TO MENTION TO MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE THAT IT IS CONCERN FOR OUR ALLIES IN THE REGION, IT IS CONCERN FOR OUR FRIENDS THERE THAT WE HAVE CHOSEN AND SPEAK TO ESCALATING OUR DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS IN THE AREA THAT THIS RESOLUTION COMES FORWARD. I WANT TO TURN TO MY COLLEAGUE FROM COLORADO, MR. PERLMUTTER, FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    MR. PERLMUTTER

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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    THANK YOU. I YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MY COLLEAGUES FROM TEXAS, MR. CUELLAR.

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  • 10:42:36 PM

    MR. CUELLAR

    SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. I BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT AS THE COMMANDER…

    SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. I BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT AS THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF HAS THE INHERENT AUTHORITY TO MANAGE THE CONDUCT OF CONGRESSIONALLY APPROVED MILITARY ACTIONS I HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS THAT THE SURGE IS NOT THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION AT THIS TIME. THE DEPLOYMENT OF 21,500 ADDITIONAL COMBAT TROOPS TO IRAQ IS NOT THE ANSWER. I AGREE WITH FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE COLIN POWELL WHEN HE STATED, AND I QUOTE, I'M NOT PERSUADED ANOTHER SURGE OF TROOPS INTO BAGHDAD FOR THE PURPOSES OF OPPRESSING THIS CIVIL WAR WILL WORK, END OF QUOTE. SECRETARY POWELL IS NOT ALONE. GENERALS WESLEY CLARK, MCCAFFREY AND ABIZAID HAVE MADE STATEMENTS TO THIS SAME EFFECT. I TRAVELED TO IRAQ AND MET WITH OUR MILITARY FORCES. I BELIEVE OUR FOREMOST COMMITMENT SHOULD BE TO THEIR SAFETY. WE MUST CONCENTRATE OUR EFFORTS ON PREPARING THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT FOR THE TASK OF PROVIDING SECURITY TO OUR OWN CITIZENS. OUR FORCES IN IRAQ SHOULD BE PRIMARILY FOCUSED ON TRAINING AN SUPPORTING IRAQ'S OWN MILITARY AND POLICE. WE MUST CONTINUE TO SHIFT THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR SECURITY TO THE U.S. FORCES TO THOSE OF THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT. IT IS ONLY THROUGH THIS PATH WE WILL ASSURE THE SAFE AND ORDERLY RETURN OF OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN. EMPOWERING THE IRAQI PEOPLE AND IRAQI GOVERNMENT MUST BE OUR PRIMARY GOAL. I WILL CONTINUE FIGHTING TO ASSURE OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE EVERY TOOL AND RESOURCE THEY NEED TO CARRY OUT THEIR DUTIES AND RETURN HOME SAFELY. WE MUST ALL DEDICATE OURELVES THAT OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM HAVE SUPPORT, THEIR SACRIFICES AND BRAVERY MUST NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. WE MUST BE MINDFUL OF THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED AND SERVE IN OUR NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE UNIT AND THOSE THAT ARE NOT YET AMERICAN CITIZENS BUT STILL SERVE OUR COUNTRY WITH DISTINCTION. LET US ALWAYS REMEMBER THE LIVES OF MORE THAN THE 3,000 DEDICATED AMERICANS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN THIS CONFLICT. AND THE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS THAT HAVE BEEN INJURED. IT IS TIME TO BE BIPARTISAN AND MOVE FORWARD WITH A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR HANDING OVER RESPONSIBILITY TO THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT AND STABILIZING THE REGION. IRAQ MUST BECOME THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE IRAQIS. LET US SURGE FORWARD ONLY IN THE COMMITMENT TO TRANSFER RESPONSIBILITY FOR IRAQ TO THE IRAQIS. OM TOGETHER CAN WE ENSURE THE SAFE RETURN OF OUR BRAVE AND DEDICATED AMERICAN TROOPS. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. .

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  • 10:45:29 PM

    MRS. DAVIS

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA RISE?

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA RISE?

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    MR. BUYER

    PERMIT US TO CATCH UP ON TIME.

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    MRS. DAVIS

    AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS…

    AND RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME. THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA IS RECOGNIZED.

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  • 10:45:52 PM

    MR. BUYER

    FROM FLORIDA, MISGINNY BROWN-WAITE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MS. BROWN-WAITE

    THANK THE RANKING MEMBER. MY CONSTITUENTS KNOW THAT I VOTE MY CONSCIENCE.…

    THANK THE RANKING MEMBER. MY CONSTITUENTS KNOW THAT I VOTE MY CONSCIENCE. I VOTED AGAINST MY PARTY AND OUR PRESIDENT WHEN I THOUGHT THAT THEY WERE WRONG. I HAVE STOOD UP TO MY LEADERSHIP WHEN MY CONSTITUENTS KNEW CONGRESS COULD DO BETTER. MY VOTE ON THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US ISN'T ABOUT MY PARTY OR ABOUT THE PRESIDENT. BUT THIS VOTE AND THIS DEBATE IS ALL ABOUT POLITICS AND PROVIDING SOME POLITICAL COVER. THIS VOTE DOES NOTHING TO HELP OUR SOLDIERS WIN. WHAT I SEE HERE IS THIS LIBERAL LEADERSHIP PANDERING TO THE LEFT WING OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. HOW DO I KNOW THIS? AT THE OPENING OF THIS DEBATE, SPEAKER PELOSI ASKED THE ONLY REAL RELEVANT QUESTION, WILL THIS RESOLUTION MAKE OUR TROOPS SAFER? IN HER REMARKS, AND I'VE READ AND REREAD THEM, SHE DIDN'T SAY HOW HER RESOLUTION DID THAT. I HAVE POWERED OVER THE REMARKS AND THE TEXT OF THIS RESOLUTION TO FIND ALL THE INSTANCES WHERE THE HOUSE WILL BE GIVING GREATER RESOURCES TO THE TROOPS. AND IT DOESN'T. AFTER I READ ALL 60 WORDS, MANY, MANY TIMES, I CAN TELL YOU NOT ONE SINGLE WORD IN THE RESOLUTION OFFERS ANY MORE EQUIPMENT, NOT ANY MORE DIPLOMACY OR ANY MORE SECURITY FOR OUR TROOPS. AND GUESS WHAT? IT ALSO DOES NOT BRING ONE SOLDIER HOME SOONER. IT DOESN'T DEMAND THE IRAQIS TAKE THE LEAD IN THE FIGHT. THESE ARE MISSIONS MAKE IT CLEAR TO ME THAT THE ANSWER TO SPEAKER PELOSI'S QUESTION, WILL THIS RESOLUTION MAKE OUR TROOPS SAFER IS ABSOLUTELY NO, IT WILL NOT. THE DEMOCRATS HAVE THIS RESOLUTION ALL WRONG. TO BE MORE SPECIFIC, THERE IS NOT A SINGLE MENTION IN THIS RESOLUTION OF HOWELL'S SEND MORE BODY ARMOR FOR THE TROOPS, NOT A SINGLE MENTION OF NEW TOOLS TO DETECT I.E.D. EXPLOSIVES. NOT ONE WORD DEDICATED TO UP-ARMORED HUMVEES. MR. SPEAKER, NOT ONE MENTION OF THE METHOD TO FUND THE HEALTH CARE NEEDS OF THE VETERANS WHO COME HOME. NOT ONE WORD. I INVITE THE SPEAKER TO COME BACK INTO THE CHAMBER AND TELL THIS HOUSE WHERE IS THE ADDITIONAL MONEY TO MAKE OUR SOLDIERS SAFER AND OUR ARMIES STRONGER, BECAUSE IF SHE CAN'T SHOW ME THE SUBSTANCE IN THESE 6 WORDS, THEN THEY ARE NOTHING BUT RHETORIC AND THIS RESOLUTION WILL NOT HELP OUR TROOPS. THIS WEEK, THE HOUSE IS DEBATING A USELESS RESOLUTION WHOSE ONLY PURPOSE IS TO WEAKEN AND DIVIDE. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT STUPID. THEY CAN SEE THROUGH THE CHARADE FOR WHAT IT IS. I IS A TOOTHLESS EFFORT TO PROVIDE POLITICAL COVER FOR DEMOCRATS. AS A MATTER OF FACT "THE ORLANDO SENTINEL" HAS SAID THIS IS AN EMPTY MEASURE. IT SAYS THE POINTLESS HOUSE RESOLUTION ON IRAQ FAILS TO SET GOALS. GOES ON TO SAY, THE U.S. HOUSE LAUNCHED A WELCOMED DEBATE ON THE IRAQ WAR. IT'S TOO BAD THREE DAYS OF POINTS AND COUNTERPOINTS WILL END IN A VOTE ON A POINTLESS RESOLUTION. THIS ISN'T THOUGHTLESS POLICY, BUT POLITICAL COVER. BELIEVE ME "THE "ORLANDO SENTINEL" IS NOT A CONSERVATIVE PAPER. MY CONSTITUENTS KNOW THAT OVER THESE THREE DAYS WE HAVE DEBATED A RESOLUTION WITH NO TEETH, NO ENFORCEMENT AND IT'S DELIVERED IN A WAY THAT HAS NO GUTS, NO CHARACTER AND PROVIDES NO LEADERSHIP. MR. SPEAKER, IF THIS DEBATE WERE ABOUT POLICY, WE WOULD BE TALKING ABOUT CHANGING OR CREATING LAW. IF THE DEMOCRATS BELIEVED WHAT THEY WERE SAYING, THIS HOUSE WOULD BE DEBATING SPENDING AND FUNDING, NOT WASTEFUL RHETORIC. IF MY MY COLLEAGUES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE WERE GENUINE RG, WE WOULD BE TALKING ABOUT STRICT GUIDELINES. SOME HAVE SAID THIS DEBATE IS ABOUT PREVENTING AN ESCALATION. IS THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY SO POWERLESS IT CANNOT STOP A DEPLOYMENT. BEFORE I GOT ELECTED, CONGRESS AUTHORIZED THIS WAR. AND WITH THE FORCE OF LAW, THIS CONGRESS COULD STOP IT. CONGRESS'S CONCERN SHOULD BE FOR OUR TROOPS, NOT THE PRESIDENTIAL AND POLITICAL AMBITIONS OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY. YOU KNOW, IT'S RARE WHEN I STAND ON THE FLOOR AND SAY THAT THE SENATE ACTUALLY GOT IT RIGHT, BUT I MUST DEPEND THEM FOR THEIR MORE THOUGHTFUL AND LESS POLITICALLY ATTUNED RESOLUTION, BECAUSE THEIR RESOLUTION STATES THE LONG-TERM SECURITY INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES ARE BEST SERVED BY AN IRAQ THAT CAN SUSTAIN, GOVERN AND DEFEND ITSELF AND SERVE AS AN ALLY ON THE WAR AGAINST EXTREMISTS. THAT STATEMENT ACKNOWLEDGES THE BATTLE THAT WE ARE WAGING AND THE EVENTAL VICTORY THAT WE MUST ACHIEVE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. THE 60-WORD RESOLUTION BEFORE THIS CHAMBER MAKES NO SUCH STATEMENT OR RECOGNITION AND SETS ABSOLUTELY NO BENCHMARKS. MY SOLE CONCERN IS FOR OUR TROOPS. THE LITMUS TEST FOR MY VOTE IS WHETHER OR NOT THIS RESOLUTION MAKES OUR TROOPS SAFER. MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE SHOULD ASK THEMSELVES THE FOLLOWING QUESTION, WILL THIS RESOLUTION PROTECT ONE OF OUR SOLDIERS? WILL THIS RESOLUTION MAKE ONE PIECE OF ARMOR THICKER? WILL THESE EMPTY WORDS MAKE A SINGLE I.E.D. LESS LETHAL? WILL THIS RESOLUTION STOP ONE SNIPER OR ONE SUICIDE BOMBER FROM ATTACKING OUR TROOPS IN THE FIELD? SADLY, THE ANSWER IS NO. THIS RESOLUTION IS NOT BEING DEBATED IN A VACUUM. WE MUST ASK THE QUESTION, COULD THIS RESOLUTION ENCOURAGE OUR ADVERSARIES? COULD THIS DEBATE PUT ONE OF OUR SOLDIERS IN FURTHER HARM'S WAY? MIGHT ISLAMIC TERRORISTS BELIEVE THAT THE MORE TROOPS THEY KILL, THE QUICKER THE U.S. WILL WITHDRAW THE FORCES? IF THE ANSWER TO THESE QUESTIONS IS EVEN POSSIBLY MAYBE, THEN I CANNOT VOTE FOR THIS RESOLUTION. WE SHOULD NOT RISK ENCOURAGING THOSE WHO WOULD ATTACK OUR TROOPS JUST FOR THE TEMPERATURE TI GESTURE OF PARTISANSHIP. LET'S CALL THIS FOR WHAT IT IS. THIS RESOLUTION PUTS OUR TROOPS AT RISK FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRATIONS FOR SOME MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSITE PARTY. MANY MEMBERS HAVE NOTICED THAT ON THE 11 DAY OF EVERY MONTH I WEAR THIS PIN. THIS WAS GIVEN TO ME BY FIREFIGHTERS. IT IS A DID HE PICK SHON OF FIREFIGHTERS PUTTING UP OUR FLAG IN NEW YORK CITY AFTER IT WAS ATTACKED. THIS IS WHY WE HAVE VERY BRAVE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN OUT THERE FIGHTING TODAY. I'M NOT A BLIND SUPPORTER OF THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES. AND IF WE WANTED TO MAKE THIS DEBATE ABOUT POLICY, I WOULD BE THERE TO WORK WITH THEM.

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  • 10:54:07 PM

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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    MS. BROWN-WAITE

    AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    GENTLEWOMAN HAS AN ADDITIONAL MINUTE.

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    MS. BROWN-WAITE

    THE PRESIDENT KNOWS MY RESERVATIONS ABOUT THE POLICIES IN IRAQ. BUT MR.…

    THE PRESIDENT KNOWS MY RESERVATIONS ABOUT THE POLICIES IN IRAQ. BUT MR. SPEAKER, IT HAS NOT BEEN A PERFECT WAR. I STAND HERE TODAY TO LET OUR TROOPS KNOW THAT I WILL HOLD THE PRESIDENT'S FEET TO THE FIRE TO ENSURE THAT OUR SOLDIERS HAVE THE TOOLS FOR OUR VICTORY. THAT'S WHAT OUR SOLDIERS WANT. IN THE SOUTH, WE HAVE A WONDERFUL SAYING AND IT GUSTY LIKE THIS. GET'S R DONE. AND THEY WANT TO GET IT DONE AND COME HOME. AND THIS CONGRESS SHOULD DEMAND THE SAME THING. LET'S GET OUT THERE AND GET ER DONE.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA.

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    MR. BUYER

    LEWIS, THE GENTLEMAN FROM KENTUCKY.

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    GENTLEMAN HAS FOUR MINUTES.

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    MR. LEWIS

    I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. BUYER

    GENTLEMAN 30 SECONDS.

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    MR. LEWIS

    RESOLUTION OR PASS THIS VIAL RESOLUTION AND HAVE IT RECORDED TO OUR…

    RESOLUTION OR PASS THIS VIAL RESOLUTION AND HAVE IT RECORDED TO OUR ETERNAL SHAME.

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  • 10:59:51 PM

    MR. BUYER

    BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. I ASK THE HOUSE TO STAY IN…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. I ASK THE HOUSE TO STAY IN ORDER DURING THIS DEBATE.

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    MRS. DAVIS

    THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN IS OUT OF TIME.

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    SECONDS.

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    RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA.

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    RECOGNIZE THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM MAINE IS RECOGNIZED.

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    MR. MICHAUD

    A QUOTE I FOUND IN THE PAPER FROM GENERAL JOHN ABIZAID. I WILL TRY TO FIND…

    A QUOTE I FOUND IN THE PAPER FROM GENERAL JOHN ABIZAID. I WILL TRY TO FIND THE ARTICLE FOR THE GOOD GENTLEMAN AND GET HIM IT TOMORROW.

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  • 11:07:55 PM

    MR. BUYER

    OF THE JOINT CHIEFS QUOTING GENERAL ABIZAID.

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    MR. MICHAUD

    THE GENTLEMAN. I WILL FIND THAT QUOTE. SOMETIMES QUOTES GET MISQUOTED.

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    TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA, MR. BILIRAKIS, EIGHT MINUTES.

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    THE GENTLEMAN FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED FOR EIGHT MINUTES.

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    YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    WITHOUT OBJECTION.

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    MR. BUYER

    TIME REMAINING IN THE DEBATE FOR BOAT SIDES OF THE AISLE.

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    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 58 1/4 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA HAS 58 1/4 MINUTES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA HAS 58 1/2 MINUTES.

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    MR. BUYER

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, I RESERVE MY 58 1/2 MINUTES.

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  • 11:14:34 PM

    MRS. DAVIS

    I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE MR. LIPINSKI OF ILLINOIS FOR FIVE MINUTES.

  • 11:14:40 PM

    MR. LIPINSKI

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT…

    I THANK THE GENTLELADY FOR YIELDING. MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION AND IN SUPPORT OF A NEW POLICY IN IRAQ. UP TO THIS POINT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S IRAQ POLICY OVER THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS APPEARS TO BE ONE OF AMERICA'S WORST FOREIGN POLICY BLUPPEDERS. MORE THAN 3,100 BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM HAVE BEEN KILLED, MORE HAVE BEEN WOUNDED. HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS HAVE BEEN SPENT AND IN SOME CASES WASTED. THIS HAS RESULTED FROM THE TACTICAL MISTAKES, ERRORS IN JUDGMENT AND OTHER MAJOR MISSTEPS BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION. IT IS PAINFULLY CLEAR THAT A CHANGE IN STRATEGY IN IRAQ IS NEEDED NOW. WE NEED A PLAN FOR BRINGING STABILITY TO IRAQ AND BRINGING OUR TROOPS HOME. UNFORTUNATELY, THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN TO ADD OVER 20,000 ADDITIONAL TROOPS DOES NOT PROVIDE THIS AND THEREFORE I MUST SUPPORT THIS RESOLUTION. . I SEE THREE MAIN FLAWS IN THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN. THE ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT PROVIDED CONVINCING EVIDENCE THAT THIS PLAN WILL SUCCEED. AFTER FOUR YEARS IN IRAQ, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE ASKING WHY SHOULD WE HAVE FAITH IN THIS PLAN AND PLACE MORE TROOPS IN HARM'S WAY. SECOND, BY FAILING TO PROVIDE CLEAR BENCHMARKS FOR SUCCESS OR A TIME FRAME BY WHICH WE CAN EXPECT TO SEE POSITIVE RESULTS, THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN COMMITS OUR COUNTRY TO A STAY THE COURSE STRATEGY, WITH NO CLEAR END IN SIGHT. AID SHOULD BE TIED TO DEADLINES OF PROGRESS BY THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT. THIRD AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE PRESIDENT CONTINUES TO PLACE TOO MUCH EMPHASIS ON A MILITARY SOLUTION WHEN IT IS CLEAR THAT FORCE ALONE WILL NOT SUPPORT THIS CRISIS. AND THIS MUST ADDRESS POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC AND RELIGIOUS ISSUES. BECAUSE THE NEED FOR SUCH A PLAN, EARLIER THIS YEAR, I SET OUT RECOMMENDATIONS AND I INTRODUCED H. RES. 152 BASED ON THESE. MY PROPOSALS CONSIST OF THREE CORE RECOMMENDATIONS. FIRST, ENCOURAGE ACHIEVEMENT OF IMPORTANT GOALS IN NATIONAL RECONCILIATION, SECURITY AND GOVERN EVENS BY RANGING A PEACE CONFERENCE. SIMILAR TO THE CONFERENCE THAT LED TO THE DAYTON ACCORDS. ONE OPTION FOR A VENUE FOR THIS WOULD BE EL SALVADOR WHICH HAS STRONG A COMMITMENT IN STABILIZING IRAQ AND HAS GONE THROUGH ITS OWN RECENT HISTORY OF A BLOODY CIVIL WAR. BUT WHERE EVER AND HOWEVER IT IS DONE, THE POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND RELIGIOUS ISSUES MUST BE ADDRESSED IF PEACE AND SECURITY ARE TO BE ESTABLISHED IN IRAQ. AND IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT MORE PRESSURE BE PUT ON THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT AND ALL INTERESTED PARTIES IN IRAQ TO FIND AND ACCEPT REAL SOLUTIONS SO THE AMERICAN FORCES CAN BEGIN WITHDRAWAL. THE SECOND RECOMMENDATION IS TO SEEK INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION TO DEVELOP SOLUTIONS FOR IRAQ. THIS SHOULD INCLUDE CALLING AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE THAT WILL WORK IN PUTTING A PEACEKEEPING FORCE. IRAQ'S STRATEGIC POSITION IN THE MIDDLE EAST IS POTENTIALLY BECOME A TERRORIST SAFE HAVEN AND ITS OIL IS GREAT POTENTIAL AND MAKES IRAQ AN ISSUE AND TIME FOR THE U.S. TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO ADDRESS THIS INTERNATIONAL CRISIS. THE FINAL RECOMMENDATION IS REQUIRE THE ADMINISTRATION TO GIVE CONGRESS DETAILED REPORTS ON THE SITUATION IN IRAQ SO THAT WE CAN MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS REGARDING FUNDING FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DECIDING WHEN AMERICAN FORCES CAN BE REDEPLOYED. THIS NEW CONGRESS HAS BEEN VIGOROUSLY CONDUCTING OVERSIGHT AFTER THREE AND A HALF YEARS OF CONGRESSIONAL NEGLECT. BUT WE MUST HAVE HAVE THE FULL COOPERATION OF THE ADMINISTRATION. IF THE RECOMMENDATIONS LAID OUT IN MY RESOLUTION ARE FOLLOWED, I BELIEVE AMERICAN TROOPS CAN BEGIN REDEPLOYMENT IN 2007 LEAVING A SECURE AND STABLE IRAQ. IF THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF CAGGET LICK BISHOPS STATED IT REQUIRES MORE URGENCY, SUBSTANTIVE DIALOGUE AND NEW DIRECTION. UNFORTUNATELY, THE PRESIDENT DOES NOT GIVE US THIS. THAT IS WHY HIS PLAN IS DISCOURAGING TO MANY AMERICANS WHO ARE WEARY OF THIS WAR. BUT NO ONE IS MORE WEARY THAT OUR TROOPS AND FAMILIES. I SPENT TO SOLDIERS WHO SPENT 13 MONTHS IN IRAQ. HE TOLD ME IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE MAKE SURE WE LET OUR TROOPS KNOW THAT THEY HAVE OUR COMPLETE SUPPORT. WE CANNOT LET ANYTHING IN THIS DEBATE BE CONSTRUED OTHERWISE. IF THIS SURGE OCCURS, EVEN AFTER WE PASS THIS RESOLUTION, WE MUST CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, PRAY FOR THEM EVERY DAY SO THAT BY GOD'S GRACE THEY CAN SUCCEED IN THEIR MISSION. MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME

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  • 11:19:56 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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  • 11:20:02 PM

    MR. BUYER

    TEXAS, FORMER ARMY CAPTAIN IN, MR. GOHMERT

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS. GOMENT

  • 11:20:19 PM

    MR. GOHMERT

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE PREPARED REMARKS FOR THIS DEBATE BUT AS I…

    THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I HAVE PREPARED REMARKS FOR THIS DEBATE BUT AS I HAVE LISTENED TO THIS DEBATE OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS, I KEPT HEARING THINGS BEING SAID OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND STARTED MAKING NOTES OF SOME OF THE THINGS I REALLY NEED TO ADDRESS. AS THE OLD SAYING GOES, WE ARE ALL ENTITLED TO OUR OWN OPINION, BUT WE'RE NOT ENTITLED TO OUR OWN SET OF FACTS. FACTS ARE FACTS. ONE THING I HAVE HEARD OVER AND OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS, IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING, NORMALLY IN REFERENCE TO SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS. THE THING I NOTICED WHEN I LEFT THE BENCH AND CAME TO CONGRESS IS THAT NOTHING GOES WITHOUT SAYING IN THIS HOUSE. EVERYTHING GETS SAID AND SEEMS LIKE IT GETS SAID OVER AND OVER AGAIN. NOTHING GOES WITHOUT BEING SAID. BUT LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS. IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS? THAT STIRRED UP A GREAT DEAL OF DEBATE AND ANIMOSITY AT ONE POINT. AND LED USUALLY INTO THINGS, LIES, THE PRESIDENT TOLD BEFORE THIS WAR. LIES THE PRESIDENT TOLD BEFORE THIS WAR. LOOK, FOLKS, SOME OF US BELIEVE IN FORGIVENESS. I THINK THERE IS STILL POTENTIAL DISAGREEMENT. OBVIOUSLY WE KNOW THAT SADDAM HAD WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. HE KILLED THOUSANDS OF KURDS, GASSED THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. CERTAINLY HE WAS KILLING WITH MASS DESTRUCTION. BUT IF YOU HAPPEN TO BELIEVE, REALLY, HONESTLY, TRUTH FULLY THAT THE PRESIDENT LIED THEN IT'S TIME TO FORGIVE PRESIDENT CLINTON FOR THE LIES AND MADELINE ALBRIGHT AND BILL CLINTON TOLD US THAT THERE WERE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND IF PRESIDENT BUSH HAPPENED TO HAVE BELIEVED PRESIDENT CLINTON AND MADELEINE ALBRIGHT AND THOSE PEOPLE SAYING THERE WERE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION IN IRAQ, I GUESS THEY JUST SHOULDN'T HAVE BELIEVED THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION. BUT THERE WERE THINGS THAT THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION COULD BASE THAT ON. BUT WE HAVE TO GET PAST THAT. IT SEEMS TO ENGENDER SO MUCH HATRED. I HAVE HEARD PEOPLE SAY OVER AND OVER AGAIN THIS IS A HISTORIC DEBATE BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS NEVER ALLOWED THIS DEBATE WHEN THEY WERE IN THE MAJORITY. I REMEMBER HAVING DISCUSSIONS LIKE THIS TWICE IN THE LAST CONGRESS. WE VOTED ON A COUPLE OF RESOLUTIONS. AND PEOPLE WOULD SAY ONE THING AND THEN END UP VOTING ANOTHER ON THE RESOLUTION. NOW I DID HEAR ONE OF MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE SAY SOMETHING THAT I DO AGREE WITH. HE SAID DON'T THINK -- HE DIDN'T BELIEVE IT WAS APPROPRIATE TO TELL TROOPS THEY WERE COMING HOME ON A CERTAIN DATE AND CHANGE THAT. I AGREE. AND A NUMBER OF US HAVE BEEN POINTING THAT OUT TO THOSE IN THE MILITARY AND THE WHITE HOUSE. THAT NEEDS TO STOP. WHEN YOU TELL SOMEBODY WHO IS IN HARM'S WAY, YOU ARE COMING HOME ON A CERTAIN DATE, THEY NEED TO COME HOME. WE CAN AGREE ON THAT. BUT THEN I HEARD ANOTHER SAY, WE NEED TO AVOID A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS BY SHOCKING THIS PRESIDENT INTO A NEW COURSE OF ACTION. YOU SHOCKED HIM INTO A NEW COURSE OF ACTION. HE SAID WE'RE GOING TO SEND 21,TROOPS OVER THERE. PEOPLE LIKE HARRY REID DOWN IN THE SENATE HAVE BEEN CALLING FOR THAT LAST FALL, MAYBE EVEN AS RECENT AS DECEMBER. WAIT, AS SOON AS THE PRESIDENT CALLS FOR IT, THEN IT'S A TERRIBLE THING. WE CAN'T BELIEVE HE'S DOING THIS. SO THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSED SOMETHING NEW. HIS COMMANDERS IN THE FIELD HAVE SAID, WE NEED THIS. AND SO IT'S BEING DONE. WE GOT TROOPS ALREADY ARRIVING AND MORE ARRIVING ALL THE TIME. I HEARD ANOTHER MORE THAN ONE MAKE REFERENCE TO VIETNAM. AND ONE INDIGNATION SAID, HAVE WE NOT LEARNED ANYTHING FROM VIETNAM? AND I WOULD SUBMIT HUMBLY, MR. SPEAKER, APPARENTLY NOT, BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE WANT TO REWRITE HISTORY, BUT THE FACT IS IF YOU GO BACK, PEOPLE WERE SAYING GET OUT OF VIETNAM. GET OUT OF VIETNAM. SOME OF THE SAME PEOPLE SAYING IT NOW. SO PRESIDENT NIXON TRIED TO GET FOLKS OUT. FOR ALL HIS FAULTS AND HE DID HAVE PLENTY. HE LIED. BUT ONE OF THE THINGS HE TRIED TO DO, HE SAW THE POLLS AND TRIED TO GET PEOPLE OUT OF VIETNAM. WHEN WE STARTED THE PARIS PEACE TALKS AND THINGS WEREN'T GOING WELL, HE DECIDED TO BOMB NORTH VIETNAM AND WENT ON THE ATTACK. HE WAS CARPET BOMBING HANOI. AND THOSE LIKE SAM JOHNSON SAID, THEY WERE WORRIED THEY WOULD BE KILLED BY THE BOMBS, BUT THEY WERE GLAD THAT THE UNITED STATES WAS REACTING AND RESPONDING. SAM SAID WHEN HE LEFT, TO GET THE CRONOLOGY CORRECT, THE BOMBING WENT ON. THEY CAME BACK TO THE PEACE TALKS AND WE REACHED TERMS AND THE P.O.W.'S, MOST OF THEM WERE COMING HOME. SAM SAID, ONE OF THE LEADERS AT THE PRISON SAID IF YOU JUST KEPT BOMBING A LITTLE LONGER, WE WOULD HAVE TO SURRENDER COMPLETELY. FOLKS, THAT WAS A WINNABLE WAR, BUT PEOPLE WEREN'T WILLING TO DO WHAT IT TOOK TO WIN SO WE COULD HAVE A GOOD REPUTATION. IF YOU LOOK AT OUR ENEMIES AND AL QAEDAS, THEIR RHETORIC NOW IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, THE MIDDLE EAST, THEY ARE SAYING LOOK AT WHAT THEY DID IN VIETNAM. THEY PROMISED THEIR ALLIES THEY WERE GOING TO STICK WITH THEM. GENERAL FORD WAS QUOTED -- I HEARD PEOPLE AT HIS FUNERAL, HE BEGGED THIS CONGRESS AND THIS HOUSE, PLEASE DON'T CUT OFF THE FUNDING. WE PROMISED THEM FUNDING AFTER WE PULLED OUR TROOPS OUT. NOPE, THIS CONGRESS SAID, WE ARE CUTTING THE FUNDING. SO IN 1979, IN IRAN, THEY WERE BOLD ENOUGH TO ATTACK AND CREATE AN ACTIVE WAR. THAT'S WHAT ATTACKING AN EMBASSY IS. I WAS IN FORT BEENING AT THAT TIME. NOBODY WAS DYING TO GO TO IRAN. BUT EVERYBODY I KNEW WAS WILLING TO GO AND DIE, BECAUSE WE HAD BEEN ATTACKED. THAT WAS THE FIRST ACT OF WAR INVOLVING TERROR, AND WE DIDN'T RESPOND. WE DIDN'T RESPOND IN 1983 WHEN OUR BARACKS WERE ATTACKED AND MARINES WERE KILLED. ON THROUGH THE 1990'S, WE HAVEN'T RESPONDED. BUT I WANT TO TOUCH ON ONE OTHER THING. I SAW THE MAJORITY LEADER COME DOWN. I SAW IT REPLAYED IN THE WEE HOURS THIS MORNING. AND HE CAME DOWN AND CHALLENGED WHAT HEATHER WILSON SAID. AND ULTIMATELY SAID, BASICALLY THAT ANYBODY WHO WOULD COME AND SAY AS SHE DID THAT THERE MIGHT BE A PROBLEM WITH DEMOCRATS BEING WILLING TO SUPPORT AND FUND THE TROOPS AS NEEDED, AND HE SAID TO COME AND SAY ANYTHING OF THAT NATURE WAS JUST NOT HONEST, I THINK IT COMES CLOSE TO VIOLATE THE RULES. BUT THE FACT IS HEATHER WILSON HAS STOOD RIGHT HERE AND SHE ASKED HER DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE, LOOK IF YOU ARE WILLING TO SAY -- IF YOU'RE SAYING THAT THIS RESOLUTION MEANS, WE WILL ALWAYS PROVIDE EVERYTHING THAT'S NEEDED TO OUR TROOPS IN HARM'S WAY, LET'S PUT IT IN THE RESOLUTION. LET'S HAVE -- WE'LL HAVE A UNANIMOUS CONSENT AMENDMENT AND AGREE. AND IT WASN'T AGREED. THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY WOULD NOT AGREE. THE RULES COMMITTEE DIDN'T AGREE. THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP DIDN'T WANT THAT IN THERE. SO TO SAY IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING AIN'T THE WAY IT SHOULD BE. IT OUGHT TO BE IN PRINT AND OUGHT TO BE IN BLACK AND WHITE. SHE WAS RIGHT. IF YOU BELIEVE IT, PUT IT IN BLACK AND WHITE SO OUR TROOPS CAN SEE. IN CONCLUSION, I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS, THIS RESOLUTION FOR WHAT IT DOES AND DOESN'T DO, IT IS A STAY THE COURSE, STIFFEN THE ENEMY, START OUR COLLAPSE. AND YOU LOOK AT OUR FRIEND, MR. MURTHA'S COMMENTS TO SAY, THAT'S WHAT STARTS THE PROCESS FOR DOING. I YIELD BACK

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  • 11:28:51 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE…

    THANK THE GENTLEMAN. THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA.

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  • 11:29:01 PM

    MRS. DAVIS

    I'M HAPPY TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO MR. CLEAVER.

  • 11:29:07 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FOR…

    THE THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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  • 11:29:15 PM

    MR. CLEAVER

    THE THREAT AND FRUSTRATION OF THE PEOPLE WHO SENT ME TO REPRESENT THEM IN…

    THE THREAT AND FRUSTRATION OF THE PEOPLE WHO SENT ME TO REPRESENT THEM IN THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. TOMORROW, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SHOULD BEGIN A MASSIVE AND VOTER MANDATED SALVAGING OPERATION IN IRAQ, YES AS BAD AS CONDITIONS HAVE GOTTEN, THERE ARE IMPORTANT AND VALUABLE THINGS THAT CAN BE SALVAGED. A TARNISHED, INTERNATIONAL IMAGE CLINGS TO A NATION LIKE A SHADOW TO A HUMAN BEING. IT FOLLOWS A NATION TO THE NEXT WAR CRISIS. IT CANNOT BE BLAMED FOR FAULTY INTELLIGENCE, AND IT SPOILS OPPORTUNITIES TO INFLUENCE A WORLD DESPERATE FOR DIRECTION, HENCE FORTH, WE MUST CONDUCT OUR FOREIGN POLICY IN A MANNER WHICH SALVADGES OUR SUNKEN INTERNATIONAL IMAGE. BECAUSE OF THE WAY WE LAUNCHED A LONG RANGE MILITARY ACTION IN IRAQ, OUR PRESTIGE AMONG THE COMMUNITY OF NATIONS HAS SURELY SUFFERED. NOTHING DID HE PLATES AS A PUNCTURED INTERNATIONAL IMAGE. WE CAN SALVAGE OUR IMAGE NOT ONLY BY DE-ESCALATING IN IRAQ BUT DIALOGUE WITH THE SOVEREIGN NATIONS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WITH IRAQ. IT TAKES MANY, MANY PEOPLE AND NOT JUST ONE, TO PUT A POLICY TOGETHER. NOW WITH REGARD TO THE PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST, IT HAS BECOME CRYSTAL CLEAR THAT THE UNITED STATES CANNOT WHISTLE A SIMILAR PHONE ANY. IT WILL TALK PLAYERS WILLING TO MAKE MUSIC IN THE SAME KEY. THE DAYS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOLOIST OR A CONDUCTOR WITHOUT AN ORCHESTRA ARE PAST. WE MUST SALVAGE OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FAMILY OF NATIONS. WE MUST SALVAGE WHAT IS LEFT OF OUR TREASURY. . MR. SPEAKER, FOR MOST AMERICANS WAR DOES NOT PAY, BUT IT MUST BE PAID FOR. TO DATE, WE HAVE SPENT BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN SPENT FOR VALUABLE PROGRAMS TO SET THIS NATION ON THE RIGHT COURSE. WE MUST SALVAGE SOLDERS, YES, THOUSANDS OF -- SOLDIERS, YES, THOUSANDS OF BRAVE YOUNG U.S. SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN KILLED AND IRAQIS ARE DYING WEEKLY BY THE HUNDREDS. IF THIS CONFLICT CONTINUES THERE WILL ONLY BE TWO CLASSES OF YOUNG PEOPLE, ONE HALF IN GRAVES, THE OTHER HALF IN HOPS. SOME HAVE SAID THIS CONFLICT WOULD LAST FOR DECADES. NEVERTHELESS THAT POLICY OR LACK THEREOF HAS CAUSED YOUNG AMERICANS TO ASK WILL WE EVER SEE THE LAST OF THIS WAR OR WILL IT SEE THE LAST OF US? THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS IS MY TEAM. THE GENERAL MANAGER CARL PETTERSSON WOULD NEVER GO TO THE SPORTS EDITORS OF THE LOCAL MEDIA AND ADMONISH THEM NOT TO CRITICIZE THE GAME PLAN OF COACH HER MAN EDWARDS BECAUSE TO DO SO WOULD DEMORALIZE THE PLAYERS. SUCH A WARNING BY THE GENERAL MANAGER WOULD BE LUDICROUS IF NOT LOONEY. WHY? THE PLAYERS OF THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS ARE PROFESSIONALS WHO CANNOT BE SO EASILY DEFAMED. AND FRIENDS, NEITHER CAN THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO FORM THE FIERCEST FIGHTING FORCE IN THE HISTORY OF THIS PLEAPT. AFTER ALL THE SECTARIAN BUTCHERING, AFTER ALL THE BILLIONS SPENT, AFTER ALL THE CHILDREN OF GOD KILLED, AFTER ALL THE MAIMED WHO HAVE BEEN HOSPITALIZED THE DISSCEPTERS WHO HAVE BEEN HEARD, THE PURPLE THUMBS THAT HAVE BEEN RAISED, THE WAR DRUM STILL THROBS THE SABERS STILL RATTLE AND THE BLOOD STILL FLOWS. YET WE CAN SAVE THE SOUL OF THE NATION EVEN THOUGH AT THIS HOUR WE SEEM TO HAVE LOST OUR WAY. THIS CONGRESS MUST ADOPT HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 63 AS A BOLD AND BECKONING TO BEGIN SALVAGE OPERATIONS. I RESERVE.

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  • 11:33:42 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR THANKS THE GENTLEMAN. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

    THE CHAIR THANKS THE GENTLEMAN. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA.

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  • 11:33:47 PM

    MR. BUYER

    TO THE GENTLEMAN THAT JUST SPOKE THAT IN THREE YEARS IRAQ HAS GONE FROM A…

    TO THE GENTLEMAN THAT JUST SPOKE THAT IN THREE YEARS IRAQ HAS GONE FROM A REPRESSIVE DICTATORSHIP WHO ENSLAVED HIS PEOPLE TO AN INCLUSIVE GOVERNMENT CHOSEN BY A FREELY ELECTED PARLIAMENT UNDER A POPULAR RATIFIED CONSTITUTION. THAT IS A FACT. I'D LIKE TO YIELD FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA.

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  • 11:34:19 PM

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    FOR YIELDING. WE FACE THREE QUESTIONS HERE TONIGHT, WHERE ARE WE, WHERE DO…

    FOR YIELDING. WE FACE THREE QUESTIONS HERE TONIGHT, WHERE ARE WE, WHERE DO WE WANT TO BE AND HOW DO WE GET THERE? FIRST, WHERE ARE WE? WE ARE IN PHASE THREE OF A CONFLICT IN IRAQ. IN PHASE ONE WE OVERRAN IRAQ IN RESPONSE TO AN AMERICAN NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT. WE WON. THEN CAME PHASE TWO. WE DEPLOYED, THE TERRORISTS BROUGHT THE FIGHT TO US, WE BUSTED UP TERRORIST NETWORKS. AMERICA WAS PROTECTED FROM FURTHER ATTACKS. WE WON. NOW COMES PHRASE THREE. AT BEST, IRAQ IS ENGULFED IN A SECTARIAN KILLING SPREE. AT WORSE, IRAQ HAS DESCENDED INTO A CIVIL WAR. SO WHERE ARE WE? WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THE INCREDIBLE WORK OF OUR MILITARY IN WINNING PHASE ONE. WE ARE AWARE AND I THINK ALL OF US ARE AWARE THAT ONLY THE IRAQI PEOPLE CAN WIN PHASE THREE. IT IS A NEOCON MISTAKE TO CHARGE OUR WAR FIGHTERS WITH BUILDING AN IRAQI NATIONAL CONSENSUS. IRAQIS MUST DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES IF THEY WANT TO LIVE IN A UNIFIED PLURALISTIC AND PEACEFUL IRAQ. NO AMOUNT OF AMERICAN MILITARY MIGHT CAN COMPEL THAT RESULT. SO WHERE ARE WE? THANKFUL FOR THE SUCCESSES AND THE OUTCOMES THAT WE CAN CONTROL. AWARE OF THE OUTCOMES THAT WE CANNOT CONTROL. WHERE DO WE WANT TO BE? WE WANT THE IRAQIS TO TAKE SPOPSABILITY FOR THEIR OWN COUNTRY. THE PRESIDENT IS WISELY PRESSING THEM TO DO SO. WE WANT THE IRAQI LEADERSHIP TO MAKE SOME KEY POLITICAL LEADERSHIP DECISIONS THAT CAN BRING RECONCILIATION. WE WANT THEM TO DIVIDE UP THE OIL FAIRLY AND ALLOW BAATHISTS INTO POSITIONS OF PUBLIC TRUST. WE WANT THE IRAQI LEADERSHIP TO KNOW THEY DON'T HAVE FOREVER AND THEY SHOULD SETTLE THESE RECONCILIATION QUESTIONS QUICKLY. WE WANT TO AVOID THE ERROR OF NATION BUILDING. THE JOB OF THE U.S. MILITARY IS TO CRUSH, KILL AND DESTROY THE ENEMIES OF THE UNITED STATES. THEY ARE NOT NATION BUILDERS. THEY ARE WARRIORS. AND THEY DO THEIR JOBS VERY, VERY WELL. AS COMMANDED, OUR MILITARY ENTERED IRAQ TO DESTROY WHAT WE UNDERSTANDABLY BELIEVED WERE THREATS TO OUR NATIONAL SECURITY. WE WERE SUCCESSFUL IN DESTROYING THOSE THREATS AND THEREAFTER IN INTERRUPTING TERRORIST NETWORKS. THOSE WERE OUTCOMES WE COULD CONTROL. NOW WE ARE RIGHTLY ASKED FOR INPUTS THAT WE CAN CONTROL. WE ARE FACED WITH OUTCOMES THAT ONLY THE IRAQI PEOPLE CAN CONTROL. IT IS RIGHT TO EVALUATE THE QUALITY OF OUR FORCE'S INPUTS BUT WRONG TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUTCOMES BEYOND THEIR CONTROL. DIPLOMATS, STATESMEN, PEACEMAKERS AND EVERYDAY IRAQIS MUST WORK TO DEVELOP A PATH TO PROGRESS, A PATH THAT HAS MILESTONES ALONG THE WAY AND REWARDS FOR MEETING THOSE MILESTONES AND CONSEQUENCES FOR FAILURE. IF THE IRAQI PEOPLE FOLLOW THE PATH TO PROGRESS TO A PEACEFUL, PLURALISTIC AND UNIFIED IRAQ, THEY WILL HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL. THE PATH MAY LEAD TO SOMETHING LESS. ANY LESSER OUTCOME IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE. SO WE WANT A PATH TO PROGRESS. AND WE HOPE FOR THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY FOR IRAQ. NOW, HOW DO WE GET THERE? THE PRESIDENT HAS ORDERED AND INCREASE IN TROOP STRENGTH IN IRAQ. HE THINKS A SURGE IN TROOPS WILL GIVE BREATHING ROOM FOR A DEVELOPMENT OF A PATH TO PROGRESS. I'M CONCERNED A SURGE WILL GIVE BREATHING ROOM TO THE DEATH SQUADS THAT OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN WILL BE CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE AND THE SURGE WILL END RIGHT WHERE IT BEGAN. IN FACT, THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED IN BAGHDAD IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER OF 2006. I'M CONCERNED THAT A SURGE SENDS A CONFLICTING MESSAGE. ON THE ONE HAND WE ARE TELLING THE IRAQI LEADERSHIP HURRY UP. YOU DON'T HAVE FOREVER. ON THE OTHER HAND NOT TO WORRY. WE ARE INCREASING THE SIDE OF THE SECURITY UMBRELLA. I WANT THE IRAQI FACTIONS AND LEADERS OF THE IRAQI FACTIONS TO WORRY. I WANT THEM TO SEE US REACHING FOR THE BUTTON TO BRING DOWN THE SECURITY UMBRELLA. I WANT THEM TO FEEL THE CLICK OF THE BUTTON AND THE FEEL OF THE WIND FROM THE DESCENDING UMBRELLA. THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US ISN'T WRITTEN THE WAY I WOULD HAVE WRITTEN IT. RESOLUTIONS ARE THE WAY CONGRESS DISCHARGES ITS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE PRESIDENT. THIS RESOLUTION SAYS WE DISAPPROVE OF THE SURGE. PARTIES ON BOTH SIDES HAVE ADDED ADDITIONAL AND CONFLICTING MEANING OF THOSE WORDS. IN THE END I HAVE TO VOTE ON THE WORDS. I WILL VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE RESOLUTION AND EXPRESS MY CONCERN ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE SURGE. I YIELD BACK.

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  • 11:39:29 PM

    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR THANKS THE GENTLEMAN. THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES TOORM CALIFORNIA.

  • 11:39:36 PM

    MRS. DAVIS

    FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MS. SWARLS. MANY…

    FIVE MINUTES TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA, MS. SWARLS. MANY SCHWARZ: MR. SPEAKER, ON MONDAY MORNING OF THIS WEEK I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR 53 ELDERLY WIDOWS OF VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II AND THE KOREAN WAR. THE SACRIFICES OF THAT GREAT GENERATION ARE LEGENDARY. THEY ARE A REMINDER OF THE SACRIFICE OF THE CURRENT GENERATION OF OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE HEEDED THE CALL TO SERVICE IN DEFENSE OF OUR NATION. THEIR PATRIOTISM, THEIR WILLINGNESS TO PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM'S WAY, POSSIBLY TO PAY THE ULTIMATE PRICE FOR OUR NATION SHOULD GIVE US ALL PAUSE. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, I STAND HERE WITH DEEP GRATITUDE AND RESPECT FOR THE SACRIFICES OF ALL OF OUR TROOPS BUT ESPECIALLY TO THE 3,124 AMERICANS KILLED IN IRAQ AND THOSE TENS OF THOUSANDS INJURED. I STAND HERE WITH GREA SYMPATHY FOR THE MOTHERS AN FATHERS, SONS AND DAUGHTERS WHOSE LOSS IS IRREPLACEABLE. I STAND HERE TONIGHT FIRMLY AND STRONGLY IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION. IN SUPPORT OF THE TROOPS AND IN OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT'S ESCALATION OF OUR MILITARY INVOLVEMENT IN THE WAR IN IRAQ. LET THERE BE NO MISUNDERSTANDING, THE MEN AND WOMEN SERVING OUR NATION IN OUR ARMED FORCES WILL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THE SUPPORT THEY REQUIRE. DURING THEIR TRAINING, WHILE THEY ARE IN THEATER AND WHEN THEY RETURN HOME. IT IS AN HONOR OF THEIR SERVICE AND THE SACRIFICES OF THEIR FAMILY AND THE LOVE OF OUR COUNTRY THAT WE SHARE THAT I STAND TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN FOR IRAQ TO ESCALATE THE NUMBER OF TROOPS AND TO CONTINUE HIS FAILED CONDUCT OF THIS WAR IS WRONG. ESCALATION OF THIS WAR WILL NOT MAKE OUR NATION SAFE. ESCALATION OF THIS WAR WILL NOT STABILIZE IRAQ. ESCALATION OF THIS WAR WILL NOT MOVE US CLOSER TO BRINGING OUR TROOPS HOME. ESCALATION OF THIS WAR WILL NOT BETTER PROTECT AMERICANS FROM THOSE TERRORISTS WHO WOULD STOP AT NOTHING TO BRING GRAVE DANGER TO OUR NATION AND OUR ALLIES. IT IS FOR THESE REASONS THAT THE PRESIDENT'S ESCALATION OF THE WAR IN IRAQ IS WRONG. AT A TIME WHEN SO MANY CURRENT AND FORMER MILITARY LEADERS AS WELL AS THE BIPARTISAN IRAQ STUDY GROUP RECOGNIZE THE NEED FOR POLITICAL RATHER THAN MILITARY SOLUTION TO THE EVER INCREASING VIOLENCE THAT THE PRESIDENT IS SO GRAVELY MISGUIDED IN ING MORE OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN INTO COMBAT IN IRAQ. MR. SPEAKER, THIS RESOLUTION IS THE ANSWER TO A SIMPLE QUESTION. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT AN ESCALATION OF THIS WAR WILL BRING OUR TROOPS HOME SOONER AND WILL IT HELP THE IRAQIS ACHIEVE THE NATIONAL RECONCILIATION NEEDED TO BRING A LASTING PEACE TO THEIR NATION? I AND THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS DO NOT THINK SO. WE BELIEVE THE FACTS ARE CLEAR. ESCALATION OF THIS WAR FAILS TO ADDRESS THE ADMINISTRATION'S STRATEGIC AND DIPLOMATIC FAILURES. IT DOES NOT MOVE US CLOSER TO SUCCESS. WHAT WE NOW NEED TO SUCCEED IN IRAQ IS AN OVERWHELMING POLITICAL AND DIPLOMATIC FORCE, NOT MORE AMERICAN COMBAT TROOPS. INSTEAD, THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE WORKING TO END U.S. COMBAT INVOLVEMENT IN IRAQ. TO DO SO HE MUST DEMAND THAT THE IRAQIS TAKE CHARGE OF THEIR INTERNAL SECURITY, DEMAND THE IRAQI PRESIDENT TAKE THE LEAD IN RECONCILIATION, ENGAGE ALL THE REGIONAL PARTIES TO PREVENT THIS WAR FROM ESCALATING REGIONALLY AND EXPLORE EVERY DIPLOMATIC AND POLITICAL SOLUTION TO END THIS WAR. FINALLY, THE PRESIDENT MUST BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR HIS ACTIONS TO THIS CONGRESS AND TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. MR. SPEAKER, OVER THE FIRST SIX WEEKS OF THE DEMOCRATIC CONTROL OF CONGRESS WE'VE BEGUN TO MOVE OUR NATION IN A NEW DREGS. TO RESTORE CREDIBILITY AND ETHICS IN THIS CHAMBER AND PUT THE INTERESTS OF EVERYDAY AMERICANS IN THE FOREFRONT. THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO DO. HERE AT HOME AND IN OUR RELATIONS INTERNATIONALLY, TO BETTER ENSURE THE SECURITY AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL AMERICANS. THE WAR IN IRAQ OVERSHADOWED ALL THAT WE DO. THE WAR HAS ALREADY COST THIS NATION SO MUCH, YOUNG LIVES LOST, GREATER UNCERTAINTY AND INSTABILITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST, GREATER HOSTILITY TOWARDS OUR OWN NATION AND FINANCIAL COSTS THAT WILL TAKE YEARS TO REPAY. SO IT IS TIMELY AND RIGHT THAT WE TAKE ACTION NOW TO CHANGE DIRECTION IN THE STRATEGY IN IRAQ. I STAND WITH THE MAJORITY OF CONGRESS IN SUPPORT OF THIS RESOLUTION, IN SUPPORT OF OUR TROOPS AND IN OPPOSITION TO THE ESCALATION OF U.S. COMBAT TROOPS IN IRAQ. THIS RESOLUTION SENDS THE PRESIDENT A VERY STRONG MESSAGE. IT IS OUR HOPE AND THE HOPE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT HE HEEDS IT. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK.

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    THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    THE CHAIR RECOGNIZES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA.

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    MR. BUYER

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AS A GOOD LISTENER TO THE…

    I YIELD MYSELF SUCH TIME AS I MAY CONSUME. AS A GOOD LISTENER TO THE GENTLELADY'S REMARKS I WOULD THINK SHE WOULD BE IN SUPPORT OF THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN. I AGREE WITH HER WHEN SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT WHAT IS NECESSARY FOR IRAQ TO GOVERN ITSELF, BUT IN ORDER FOR THIS COUNTRY TO GOVERN ITSELF IT NEEDS TO HAVE SECURITY AND THE IRAQI PEOPLE THEMSELVES MUST HAVE A BELIEF IN THE SUPPORT OF THAT NEW UNITY GOVERNMENT. NOW, WITH REGARD TO THE IRAQIS THEMSELVES WHOM WE HAVE BEEN TRAINING THAT ARE THE IRAQI ARMY AND IRAQI POLICE FORCE THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE PLAN IS, THE PLAN IS FOR THE IRAQIS TO TAKE THE LEAD. . SO THE GENTLELADY'S REMARKS CONFUSE ME, BECAUSE SHE SAYS I WANT THE POLITICAL APPARATUS TO DO THIS, BUT I DEFINE PETRAEUS' NEED FOR MORE TROOPS AS AN ESCALATION, THEREFORE SHE ADVOCATES THE STATUS QUO AND EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT THE STATUS QUO IS FOR FAILURE. SO THE REMARKS CONFUSE ME. THE COMMANDER ON THE GROUND OF OUR FORCES IN BAGHDAD JUST SAID ON JANUARY 26, THAT THIS IS ABOUT IRAQIS TAKING CHARGE OF THEIR OWN SECURITY. IN ORDER FOR THEM TO DO THAT, WE HAVE TO BUY THEM TIME TO CONTINUE TO TRAIN AND THE GOVERNMENT TO BECOME MORE LEGITIMATE IN THE EYES OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE. EARLIER WHEN I SAID, THE MISSION IS TO GOVERN, SUSTAIN AND DEFEND, YOU HAVE THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC AND SECURITY ISSUES TO PERFECT THAT MISSION. I THINK EVERYBODY IS GOING TO AGREE, WHEN I MET WITH PRESIDENT TALABANI IN AUGUST AND TALKED ABOUT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE RULE OF LAW, TALKED ABOUT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NATIONAL PLAN OF RECONCILIATION, THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE OIL REVENUE, THE MODERNIZATION OF THE ELECTRIC CALL GRID, THE PROMOTING IRAQI UNITY, WAS REALLY DEEP ON THE PRESIDENT'S MIND. AND I WROTE A NOTE HERE AFTER I MET WITH HIM. AND THE NOTE I WROTE IS, I BELIEVE THE UNITY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS A REAL CHALLENGE. THEIR CHALLENGE IS TO CONVINCE THE IRAQI POLITICAL, RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL SOCIETY LEADERS TO COMPROMISE FOR A SUSTAINABLE SETTLEMENT TO SUPPORT THE NEW FEDERALISM. THAT'S THE CHALLENGE. SO I'M CHALLENGED WHEN I HEAR INDIVIDUALS SAYING, WELL, ON THE SECURITY APPARATUS, LET'S GET U.S. FORCES OUT THERE. AND WE'LL LET THE IRAQIS TAKE CARE OF THIS. THE QUESTION IS, ARE THE IRAQIS PREPARED TO DO IT ALONE. I HAVEN'T HEARD ANYBODY SAY THEYR THAT THEY CAN DO IT ALONE. THE IRAQIS HAVE TURNED AND SAID, WE STILL NEED COALITION ASSISTANCE. AND SO THE COMMANDERS ON THE GROUND SAY WE NEED MORE TROOPS TO DO THIS, AND WE'RE SENDING GENERAL PETRAEUS OUR BEST COMMANDER TO THE FIELD. MR. SPEAKER, A FATHER-IN-LAW OF A SOLDIER WROTE THIS 10 DAYS AGO, QUOTE, FROM WHERE I AM SITTING, IT SEEMS THAT THREATENING LOSS OF FUNDING FOR OPERATIONS IN IRAQ, TIING THE HANDS OF SENIOR OFFICERS, TO SAY NOTHING OF THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, AND PROPOSING FOR LEGISLATE THE CONDUCT OF THIS WAR LOOKS WORSE THAN CUT AND RUN. IT FEELS LIKE BETRAYAL OF THE FAMILIES WHO BEAR THE BURDENS, END QUOTE. I CAN REMEMBER BEING IN THE DESERT IN THE FIRST GULF WAR WHILE THIS BODY DEBATED A RESOLUTION ON THE OUT LIZATION OF FORCE. I KNOW WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO LOSE A FRIEND IN WAR. I SHED THE TEARS OF MY FATHER WHEN HE LOST BUDDIES FOR HIS ARMY SERVICE IN KOREA. CHALLENGED BY MY OWN MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO VOTED AGAINST THAT RESOLUTION, I FELT BETRAYED WHILE I WAS IN THE DESERT. I FELT BETRAYED. SO MUCH SO THAT I VOWED AS I STOOD AT THAT CEMETERY IN LAFAYETTE, INDIANA, THE FUNERAL OF MY FRIEND, THAT I FELT I HAD A MISSION LEFT AND I RAN AGAINST THAT INCUMBENT MEMBER OF CONGRESS WHO I FELT BETRAYED ME WHEN I WAS IN THE GULF WAR. I HAD NEVER RUN FOR ANY POLITICAL OFFICE IN MY LIFE. I WAS ELECTED AT 32, WITH SO MUCH TO LEARN. BUT I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE SOLDIER, THE SAILOR, THE AIR MAN, THE MARINE AND THE COAST GUARDS MAN, I'M SO PROUD IN WHAT THEY DO. THE WORLD OF THE AMERICAN SOLDIER IS MORE COMPLEX TODAY THAN EVER BEFORE. WITH TECHNOLOGY, INTRICATE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT DESIGNED TO ELIMINATE THE LOSS OF NONCOMBATANT LIFE AND A TOUGH, INNOVATIVE AND SAVY ENEMY. OUR SOLDIERS WHO ARE IN THE FIGHT ARE LISTENING AND WATCHING. ONE ROAD FROM IRAQ TO IRAQ, UNTIL VICTORY OR UNTIL THE SPIRIT OF THE AMERICAN WILL ERODES, VICTORY IN IRAQ IS ACHIEVABLE BY OUR CAPABLE AND DETERMINED ARMED FORCES. THEIR EFFORT WILL -- THEIR EFFORT WILL ONLY BE UNDERCUT BY SELF-SERVING POLITICING AND POINTLESS IMPATIENCE. IF WE DECIDE WE WANT VICTORY, WE WILL HAVE IT. IF WE QUIT ON OUR EFFORT, WE WILL HAVE DEFEAT, END QUOTE. CONTENDING WITH THE COMPLEXITY OF TODAY'S BATTLEFIELD AND THE RIPPLE EFFECTS OF POLITICS 6,000 MILES AWAY, OUR SOLDIERS LIVE AND MEASURE VALUE BY SIMPLE ENDURING IMPERATIVES. THEY PLACE A LOT OF VALUE IN LOYALTY. THEY COUNT ON EACH OTHER. LOYALTY TO EACH OTHER, TO THEIR COMMANDERS AND THEIR OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION AND THEIR LOVE OF COUNTRY HELPS THEM DO THEIR DUTY. A WARRIOR BEARS TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE. MEMBERS OF OUR ARMED FORCES LIVE AND DIE BY THE READINESS OF THEIR BUDDIES, TO EXPRESS THEIR LOYALTY IN THE CONDUCT OF FAITHFUL DUTY. THEY EXPECT NO LESS OF THEIR LEADERS UP THE CHAIN WHETHER THEY WEAR THE STRIPES OR DIAMOND OF A FIRST SERGEANT, EAGLE OF A COLONEL, STARS OF AN ADMIRAL OR GENERAL OR LAWS OF THEIR LEADERS. YET IN RESPONSE, WHAT DO WE OFFER? THE FORTITUDE OF CONTRIBUTION, I SAY. THE SENATE UNANIMOUSLY CONFIRMS GENERAL DAVID PETRAEUS, WHOSE MOST COMPELLING VALUE IS PERHAPS HIS REPUTATION FOR UNARRIVE ALED UNDERSTANDING FOR HIS CLEAR GRASP OF COUNTERINSURGENCIES. YET THE RESOLUTION BEFORE US SEEKS TO DENY OUR COMMANDER THE MANPOWER ASSETS HE HAS ASKED FOR TO PREVAIL. WHAT A DISTURBING CONTRIBUTION. THE SENATE SAID, THIS IS OUR BEST COMMANDER. HE SAYS BEFORE THEY VOTE ON HIS -- BEFORE THEY VOTE, HE SAYS I NEED THE FIVE BRIGADES. THEN THIS BODY DRAFTS A RESOLUTION AND SAYS WE DON'T THINK HE NEEDS THE FIVE BRIGADES. WE HAVE THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE IN COMPLETE CONTRIBUTION. GENERAL PETRAEUS IS A DECISIVE MAN WHO HAS A DECISIVE STRATEGY AND INTENDS TO REINFORCE OUR TROOPS AND ROOT OUT THE ENEMY. ASIDE FROM THE GLOOM THAT IS SMOTHERING THE DEBATE ON IRAQ, MOVING IN REINFORCED STRENGTH TO DESTROY THE ENEMY IS A TIME-HONORED AND SUCCESSFUL COURSE OF MILITARY ACTION. IT IS SO ESPECIALLY WHEN CONDUCTED BY A CAPABLE COMMANDER. WE HAVE ALREADY AGREED THAT GENERAL PETRAEUS IS SUCH A COMMANDER. MANY OF US KNOW THAT THIS IS WHAT OUR TROOPS YES OR NO TO DO. IT IS WHAT AMERICANS YES OR NO FOR US TO DO, PREVAIL. NOW, LEFT ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES IS TEMPTED TO TRY TO MISCHIEF, WE KNOW THAT MILITARY VICTORY SO ATTAINABLE WITH THE RIGHT STRATEGY IS ONLY PART OF THE EQUATION FOR SUCCESS IN IRAQ. REAL SUCCESS IS NOT A QUICK, EASY AFFAIR. I MIGHT OFFER SUCCESS IS DEFINED BY A STABLE, POPULARLY ELECTED GOVERNMENT, THE RISE OF THE RULE OF LAW AND THE STABILITY TO FOSTER THE GR