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Rep. Patrick Murphy: One Minute on the Iraq Supplemental

Posted on by Jesse Lee

In advance of the full debate on the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Health and Iraq Accountability Act, Rep. Patrick Murphy (PA-08), an Iraq War Veteran, speaks on the bill:

Rep. Murphy:
“After the fall of Saddam Hussein, ensuring no weapons of mass destruction and several elections, the Republicans still followed lock-step as my fellow soldiers continued to give the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq without a clear mission, without benchmarks to determine success, and without a clear timeline for coming home. That ends in the 110th Congress. This is a defining moment.”

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of a new direction for Iraq.

For four years, Republican Congresses followed lock-step as this President led our country into an open-ended commitment refereeing a religious civil war on the streets of Baghdad and Iraq.

After the fall of Saddam Hussein, ensuring no weapons of mass destruction and several elections, the Republican Congress still followed lock-step as my fellow soldiers continued to give the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq without a clear mission, without benchmarks to determine success, and without a clear timeline for coming home.

That ends in the 110th Congress. This is a defining moment.

Mr. Speaker, many of us were elected to Congress on the promise of new leadership. That is what the Iraq Accountability Act does. It leads the way out of Iraq. Leads the way to rebuild our overextended army. And leads the way to win the war on terror.

For too long the American people have been craving leadership, craving accountability, and craving a new direction in Iraq.

Let's give them that with this piece of legislation.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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