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

March 22, 2007
Debate on the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health and Iraq Accountability Act will continue tomorrow. 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.

Rep. John Larson (CT-01):

"With all sincerity, no one questions your patriotism or love of country, and yet we hear you come down here and belittle the proposal that we have before us and call Democrats defeatists. When it is you who have surrendered your judgment... because of your blind, myopic allegiance to a failed policy, you have surrendered your judgment to what is the right thing."

Rep. Meek (FL-13):

"I would hate for my Members on either side of the aisle to be on the other side of this bill because you have a lot of explaining to do when you get back home and the reason why you voted against this bill. You can call Members of Congress, General X and General Y, but the bottom line is: accountability is in this bill."

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03):

"There are too many lives at stake here and personally I have crossed the Rubicon on this war. Regardless of whether this is blocked by a filibuster by Senate Republicans or a threatened veto from President Bush, we must support this bill today. Passing this bill in the House will be the first formal act, the first step toward requiring a new course in Iraq."

Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)

"Like many progressives, I have consistently voted against funding for this war. We have withstood Republican critics who say we are hurting the troops because we know the way to care for them is to get them out of the meat grinder that is Iraq. This vote draws a clear line between those who want to stay indefinitely in an unwinnable war and those of us who, along with the majority of the Americans, want to end it."

Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (MI-13):

"I wish we could bring them home tomorrow, but there is a process. And this bill begins that process, by using the President's own benchmarks that the Iraqis would rise up and take care of their own country, their own people. This is a civil war, we ought not be in it."

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-03):

"This bill is not micromanaging the war, it is the next logical step as Congress rediscovers its voice and its Constitutional responsibility as a co-equal branch of government."