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  • Status of War in Iraq
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    Status of War in Iraq

    General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker testified about the status of military operations in Iraq and political developments over the past several months during a “surge” in troop levels designed to…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Democratic Radio Address
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    Democratic Radio Address

    Representative Lantos, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, delivered the weekly Democratic Party radio address. He talked about the testimony of General Petraeus and Ambassador…

  • 911 Commission Recommendations Bill
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    9/11 Commission Recommendations Bill

    Democratic leaders spoke to reporters about passage of legislation adopting the recommendations of the September 11 Commission in an effort to change U.S. policy in Iraq and provide…

  • 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,…

  • US Policy in Iraq and Afghanistan
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    U.S. Policy in Iraq and Afghanistan

    Members spoke to reporters about their trip to Iraq and Afghanistan over the previous weekend. They also spoke and answered questions on the president’s plan to increase troop strength in…

  • Congressional Resolutions on Iraq
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    Congressional Resolutions on Iraq

    The House Democratic leadership spoke to the press immediately after the House of Representatives voted on House Con.Res.63 - Disapproval of the decision of the president announced on…

  • Iraq War Resolution
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    Iraq War Resolution

    The House Rules Committee met to decide the rules for a floor debate on resolutions about the war in Iraq. H. Con. Res. 63: Disapproving of the decision of the President announced on…

  • Congressional Resolutions on Iraq
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    Congressional Resolutions on Iraq

    House Democratic leaders spoke to the press about upcoming debate in the House on resolutions on Iraq.

  • 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

    Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about foreign policy in Iraq and the Middle East region. Among the issues she addressed…

  • 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…

  • House Democrats and  Foreign Policy
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    House Democrats and Foreign Policy

    Rep. Lantos talked about congressional Democrats' approach to foreign policy and his role as the next chairman of the International Relations Committee. He foresaw increased international…

  • Iraq Reconstruction
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    Iraq Reconstruction

    The witnesses testified on the progress of reconstruction in Iraq. Topics included death of Abu Musaab al-Zarqawi, reconstruction of Iraqi government, U.S. assistance budget, Iraq’s economy, and…

  • House Session
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    House Session

    Members considered a resolution on the immediate withdrawal of military forces from Iraq. The resolution was brought to the floor by Representative Hunter to clarify the House’s position on troop…

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  • 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…