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February 26, 2007

House Debate: February 13, 2007

Providing For Consideration of H. Con. Res. 63, Iraq War Resolution

Rep. Hastings: "Mr. Speaker, I thank the ranking member for the time. Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to House Resolution 157 and the underlying resolution. Mr. Speaker, our Nation is engaged in a Global War on Terror, a war that we did not seek, but a war that was brought to our shores on September 11, 2001. Today, we fight an enemy without borders..."

Iraq War Resolution

Rep. Pelosi: "Mr. Speaker, I thank the distinguished gentleman for yielding and the solemnity with which he introduced this debate. My colleagues, in a few weeks the war in Iraq will enter its fifth year, causing thousands of deaths, tens of thousands of casualties, costing hundreds of billions of dollars, and damaging the standing of the United States..."

Rep. Putnam: "I thank my friend from Florida for the time. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to oppose this resolution because, unfortunately, it is anything but resolute. In one legislative breath it offers support for our troops, but then expresses disdain for the mission they have been asked to carry out. And then, I must admit I am surprised, after all the..."

Rep. Boehner: "Mr. Speaker, let me thank my colleague from Florida for yielding. Mr. Speaker, today we begin an extended debate on a resolution criticizing the latest effort by American forces to win in Iraq. There is no question that the war in Iraq has been difficult. All Americans are frustrated that we haven't seen more success and that we haven't ..."

Rep. Myrick: "Mr. Speaker, Iraq is just one battlefield in this multigenerational struggle against radical Islamist jihadists, but it is a very important battlefield. This is the beginning stage of a multigenerational worldwide struggle that will last throughout our lives and likely our children's lives. It is hard to accept that the safety and..."

Rep. Smith: "Mr. Speaker, I thank my good friend for yielding. Mr. Speaker, the co-Chairs of the Iraq Study Group, former Secretary of State James Baker and former House Foreign Affairs Chairman Lee Hamilton, wrote late last year: 'There is no magic formula to solve the problems of Iraq. However, there are actions that can be taken to improve the..."

Rep. Weldon: "I thank the gentlewoman for yielding. Mr. Speaker, I rise to address H. Con. Res. 63, disapproving of the decision of the President announced on January 10, 2007 to deploy 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq. This resolution essentially has, by my interpretation, three sections. It has the first section, which speaks..."

Rep. Wolf: "Mr. Speaker, we are a coequal branch of government. We do not work for the President or the administration; our job is to thoughtfully consider the issues before us, and to work with the President and with the administration. When we agree, it is our responsibility to work together for the best interests of our country; and where we cannot..."

ANNOUNCING THE PASSING OF THE HONORABLE CHARLIE NORWOOD, MOMENT OF SILENCE OBSERVED IN MEMORY OF THE HONORABLE CHARLIE NORWOOD

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen: "Mr. Speaker, before I turn over our segment of the debate to Mr. Hoekstra of the Intelligence Committee, I would like to recognize our last speaker for our segment, Mr. Shuster of Pennsylvania, a member of the Anti-Terrorism Caucus, for 5 minutes."

PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY

Rep. Franks: "Thank you, Mr. Hunter. I certainly add my own feelings toward the words that you just spoke on behalf of CHARLIE NORWOOD. None of us know when we have to step from this floor for the last time. This man, while he was here, maintained a sense of honor. He was always committed to doing those things that would bring better hope to future..."

Rep. Waters: "Madam Speaker, I rise as Chair of the 76-member Out of Iraq Caucus, and I will be followed by many other members during this hour. I rise in support of our troops and in support of this resolution opposing the President's escalation of this war. Madam Speaker, I support this resolution, hoping this will be a first step in ending this war..."

PRESIDENTIAL DETERMINATION.--

Rep. Shadegg: "Madam Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding. And I have listened to his eloquent words today about the radical threat we face. I have a fundamental question for the other side. I thought our colleague from New York did a superb job of acknowledging the good intentions of every Member of Congress involved in this debate and the..."

MOMENT OF SILENCE OBSERVED IN MEMORY OF THE HONORABLE CHARLIE NORWOOD

Rep. Pence: "I thank the ranking member for yielding time. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to the concurrent resolution for the House, and I do so from a position of a humble public servant, one who has not served in Iraq in uniform, as our previous speaker did, and others have who are in this Chamber at my side, but as one who has been there. I ..."

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