Iraq Supplemental Markup: The Lewis Amendment
Ranking Member Jerry Lewis (R-CA) offered an amendment during the committee markup which would have stripped language from the Iraq supplemental restricting the use of troops who are not properly equipped or trained, with the only exception being when President Bush is willing to publicly certify it is necessary, along with language requiring that the Iraqi government meet the benchmarks previously laid out by President Bush. The effort was defeated shortly after Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Chairman John Murtha spoke against it:
|Rep. John Murtha:|
"This has been so mismanaged over so long a period of time that it's hard to settle it in the Appropriations Committee. But we can't let it go on like this where the troops continually go back overseas being redeployed, redeployed... You're suggesting we send them back ill-equipped and untrained? You're not suggesting that?"