Pelosi Statement on CBO Report on the President's Escalation Plan

February 1, 2007
Press Release
Washington, DC - Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement on today's release of a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that concludes that the Bush Administration's plan to increase the number of combat troops in Iraq by 20,000 will require a complement of 15,000 to 28,000 support troops.

'The conclusion by the Congressional Budget Office that President Bush's military escalation plan in Iraq could require the use of a support force as large as 21,500 additional combat troops puts the cost of the President's decision in even starker terms.  If the President proceeds with his plan, thousands more U.S. troops will be at risk, billions more dollars will be required, and there will be a much more severe impact on our military's readiness.

'A plan with a commitment of resources on this scale should have a much greater likelihood of success than I heard expressed when I was in Iraq last week.  It is time for a new direction in Iraq.'