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

March 23, 2007
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Debate on the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health and Iraq Accountability Act continues this morning. 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. Van Hollen (MD-08):

"The American people know well that when you ignore failure and bad decisions you simply get more of them. Today we are demanding accountability for a change - accountability for a change, accountability to be sure that our troops get the equipment and training they need. Accountability to be sure that the wounded soldiers returning home are treated with the dignity they deserve."

Rep. Rahm Emanuel (IL-05):

"Let us review the cost America has beared in four years. Beared in four years. 3,000 lives have been lost. 25,000 of our citizens have been injured, and nearly half a trillion dollars have been spent, and America's reputation around the world has been sullied. And under the President's leadership, his Iraqi policy comes down to something very simple. More troops, more money, more time, more the same."

Rep. Chet Edwards (TX-17):

"By voting for this bill we can honor and respect our troops, our veterans, and their families. Not just with our words, but with our deeds."