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

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. George Miller (CA-07):

"Hundreds of billions of taxpayers' dollars have been squandered in this war that's left our military readiness in jeopardy. The all-volunteer army is at a breaking point. And the world's faith in the American people is shaken."

Rep. Nita Lowey (NY-18):

"Just yesterday the Iraq IG reported yet again how unprepared the Administration was for the task of reconstruction. The Defense Department had no strategy for restoring government institutions, establishing security, or rebuilding infrastructure, and the State Department was cut completely out of the loop."

Majority Leader Hoyer:

"Others assert that inclusion of a timeline for responsible deployment is tantamount to capitulation. Mr. Hobson spoke on this floor just a few minutes ago. He voted to set a timeline in Bosnia. Mr. Lewis sits as the ranking member of this committee, he voted on June 24, 1997, to set a timeline. Mr. Hastert, Speaker of the House, set a timeline. Mr. Delay voted for a timeline. Mr. Blunt, voted for a timeline. Mr. Boehner, voted for a timeline. Every one of them voted for a timeline. What were the circumstances? We hadn't lost a single troop. Not one."