Debate on the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health and Iraq Accountability Act

March 22, 2007
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Debate on the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health and Iraq Accountability Act has begun. The House of Representatives has a choice: either endorse the President's open-ended commitment to the war in Iraq or demand accountability, support our troops and set a timeline for the phased redeployment of our troops.

Appropriations Chairman David Obey:

"Very frankly I'm getting a bit tired of those who are consistently wrong from the beginning on the issue of Iraq. I'm getting tired of them lecturing those of us who were consistently right from the beginning in our opposition to this war."

Rep. Murtha (PA-12):

"When you talk to these families, they need a year at home before they're redeployed. Is there anybody who thinks we should send these folks back before they have a year at home? Is there anybody who thinks we should extend them when they ha've had 13 months in country? Is there anybody who thinks we should send troops into combat who aren't trained and ready? Is there anybody here?"