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  • State Department Operations in Iraq
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    State Department Operations in Iraq

    Secretary Rice testified about State Department operations in Iraq. Several members accused Secretary Rice of grossly mismanaging diplomatic efforts in Iraq and concealing information from…

  • US Middle East Policy
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    U.S. Middle East Policy

    Secretary Rice testified about U.S. Middle East policy. Topics included Iran’s nuclear program, the Middle East peace conference, U.S. mishandling in the case of Canadian Maher Arar, the…

  • Private Security Firms in Iraq
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    Private Security Firms in Iraq

    Mr. Prince and a panel of government officials testified about the mission and performance of Blackwater USA and its affiliated companies in Iraq and Afghanistan and whether the reliance of…

  • Iraqi Corruption
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    Iraqi Corruption

    Witnesses testified about Iraqi government operations, charges of widespread corruption in security and interior departments, the pace of political reform in Iraq, evaluating future…

  • Report on Iraq
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    Report on Iraq

    Senator Graham and former Ambassador Holbrooke testified about recent reports on Iraq policy and future security concerns for U.S. forces in Iraq. They focused primarily on the most recent…

  • Operations in Iraq
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    Operations in Iraq

    Military experts reviewed the troop ‘surge’ in Iraq. Topics included assessment of the troop escalation, the overall situation in Iraq, troop safety, U.S. strategic interests, instability of the Iraq government,…

  • Iraq War Policy
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    Iraq War Policy

    The guests debated U.S. policy in Iraq and the next steps in writing a war spending bill that Congress and President Bush can approve. They responded to telephone calls and electronic mail.…

  • Waste Fraud and Abuse in Iraq Reconstruction
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    Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Iraq Reconstruction

    The Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing on waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars in Iraq reconstruction by the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). Ambassador Paul…

  • US Policy Toward Iraq
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    U.S. Policy Toward Iraq

    Secretary Rice testified about U.S. policy in Iraq, the president’s plan to send and additional 21,500 troops to augment forces in the country, and the Iraqi government’s commitment to…

  • Hurricane Katrina Contracting Review
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    Hurricane Katrina Contracting Review

    The Government Reform Committee held an oversight hearing on contracting for disaster relief and recovery. Government officials and contractors testified about pre-disaster acquisition…

  • The Future of Iraq
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    The Future of Iraq

    A Bipartisan informal hearing on exit strategies for Iraq was held. Representative Woolsey called for the discussions with a focus on how to withdraw American troops while fulfilling the…

  • Situation in Iraq
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    Situation in Iraq

    Rep. Watson talked about funding for Iraq, the Iraqi prisoner photos viewed by her the day before, as well as other topical issues. She has called for Secretary Rumsfeld to resign. She is also a…

  • Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Rule
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    Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Rule

    The committee held an emergency meeting to consider requests to allow amendments to the $86.6 billion Supplemental Budget Request for Iraq and Afghanistan. The committee took a break after…

  • Military Deployments in Iraq
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    Military Deployments in Iraq

    Family of service members stationed in Iraq and several House members spoke about their opposition to continued deployment of military forces in Iraq and called on the Bush administration…