Iraq Supplemental Markup: Opening Statements
|Appropriations Chairman David Obey:|
"I expect a lot of amendments today. This is a serious proposition, and I think people on all sides of these questions will be taking it seriously, and I expect this will be a very long discussion. If it continues on past the adjournment of the House, the committee will remain in session until we have completed action on the bill -- even if we have to go around the clock this evening."
|Rep. John Murtha:|
"A young fella came into my office. And a Member of Congress said 'we are fighting this War on Terror on the floor of the House.' I said 'we're not fighting this War on Terror on the floor of the House, we're in an air-conditioned floor, going back to our offices, going back to our homes, going about our business. They're fighting -- a very small segment of this country is fighting this War on Terror.' He said - and he was in Iraq at the time - he said 'we got up and cheered, because we know that Members of Congress are not fighting this war.'"
|Rep. John Murtha|
"Amputee care, they said to me one time, there are only a certain number of amputees. This is one person at a time. This is no numbers, this is families, individuals that lose their legs and arms and are hurt by this war. Each individual has to be taken care of."