Today's vote in the House Appropriations Committee on the Iraq war is a victory for the American people who want the Congress to do what the President has not: propose a plan to bring the war to an end. It is a victory for those who want our troops to have the equipment and training on which their lives depend, and a victory for those who believe that our nation must keep its promises to our wounded troops and veterans.
Next week, Members of the House will have a choice: vote to continue the President's open-ended commitment to a war without end or vote to responsibly redeploy our troops based on performance benchmarks the President and the Iraqi government have already endorsed.
The American people have sent a strong message that they want a new direction in Iraq. The Appropriations Committee heard that message today.