Chairman Obey & Rep. Murtha on Accountability and the Troops

March 23, 2007
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Debate on the U.S. Troops Readiness, Veterans' Health and Iraq Accountability Act was largely managed by Appropriations Chairman David Obey and Rep. John Murtha (PA-12), who is Chairman of the Appropriations Defense Subcommittee.

In response to repeated demands from Republicans for a "clean supplemental," which Speaker Pelosi has referred to as a "blank check," Chairman Obey made the following remarks:

Chairman Obey on Checks & Balances:

"For the last four years, we have had a Congress that did whatever George Bush wanted it to do, rubber stamp, lock-step all the way -- today is different. Today, we have a congress that is responding to what the public asked for in the last election. What you're seeing today is the new world of checks and balances. Get used to it, it's what the public asked for and it's what they're going to get out of this Congress."

In response to repeated claims from Republicans that the U.S. Troops Readiness, Veterans' Health and Iraq Accountability Act hurts our troops, Rep. Murtha made the following remarks:

Rep. Murtha:

"Let me say to the Members what hurts our troops. I found our troops, 44,000, without body armor. I found our troops with a shortage of jammers. I found our troops with a shortage of up-armored humvees. I find our troops now, because of the policy, having to go back to Iraq before they have a year at home. I find our troops now because of the policy of this White House having to extend troops that have been there 13 months. And I find our troops having to go into combat untrained or not as trained as well as they should, not going to the desert, where we have this tremendous training area, going right into Iraq. That's what hurts our troops."