The legislation, sponsored by Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, would begin the responsible redeployment of U.S. troops within 120 days and complete redeployment by April 1, 2008. The President would have to report to Congress why troops should remain in Iraq for limited purposes such as to fight terrorism or to train Iraqi forces.
|Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
“Passage of Chairman Skelton’s bipartisan bill will reflect the will of the American people and reaffirm the judgment of the House that the redeployment of our troops is a central element and an effective way forward in Iraq. We will repeat that judgment legislatively as often as necessary, hopefully with an increasing level of support from our Republican colleagues, until pressure from the American people causes the President to change his mind and change his policy. Tho those who urge that we wait until September, I say that it has been four and a half years and a half a trillion dollars at least – we have already waited too long.”
|Rep. Patrick Murphy (PA-08):
“In the last month alone, in Bucks County, we have buried four of our finest sons. Four names have been added to the memorial board outside my office. I — for one — don't want to add any more names. My Republican colleagues, you have the power today to stop these tragic phone calls… to stop adding faces and names to our memorials. Let's change the direction in Iraq and get back to fighting a smarter War on Terror — together — not as Democrats or Republicans — but as Americans.”