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February 26, 2007

House Debate: February 16, 2007

Iraq War Resolution

Rep. Bartlett: "Mr. Speaker, when the original resolution that brought our military to intervention in Iraq came to the Congress, I interpreted it as asking the Congress to turn over to the President our military to use anytime he wished, anywhere he wished, against any country he wished, now and forever more. Feeling that this was patently..."

Rep. Emanuel: "Mr. Speaker, we gather today to consider a question that is profoundly simple: Do we support the President's plan to further escalate America's involvement in Iraq, or not? After 4 long, painful years in which we have seen so many young lives lost, are we now willing to put even more of our brave heroes in harm's way, or will we acknowledge..."

Rep. Frank: "Does the gentleman consider Lebanon or Syria free today?"

Rep. Lewis: "Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my friend for yielding. Mr. Speaker, I rise with deep concern that this President has chosen to escalate the war in Iraq instead of charting a course towards peace. Today, I am reminded of the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., when he spoke out against the war in Vietnam on April 4, 1967. He said, 'The world ..."

THE WAY FORWARD--A NEW APPROACH

Rep. Blunt: "I thank the gentleman for the time. Madam Speaker, I rise again today, as I did at the beginning of this debate, to urge a 'no' vote on this nonbinding resolution. We have spent the week discussing the situation in Iraq and trying to find out what the resolution may really mean. As I said at the start of this debate, it is hard to..."

Rep. Boehner: "Madam Speaker, I want to thank my colleague from Texas for yielding and thank him and all of you for, once again, to have an opportunity to come and speak on the floor on this resolution. The resolution before us is nonbinding, but it is the first step down a very treacherous path, a path that, if followed, will endanger Americans for..."

Rep. Cantor: "Madam Speaker, just 2 days ago, on February 14, Osama bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, posted a speech on an Islamist Web site where he blessed jihad fighters in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia and urged the mujahadeen all over world to remain steadfast since complete victory was near. He made special mention of those in the Islamic..."

Rep. Hensarling: "I thank the gentleman for yielding. Mr. Speaker, various news organizations have now confirmed what the Democrats really have in mind with this nonbinding resolution, and that is, choke off funding for the troops. Though they haven't really said it on this House floor, they have said it to their political base, moveon.org, and I hold..."

Rep. Hoekstra: "Madam Speaker, this debate is about whether or not America is a great Nation that will lead in the face of difficulty. We have come up short. This resolution falls short. It is small and not worthy of this House. Why small? Let me begin with a threat that some either don't understand or refuse to acknowledge. This resolution does not..."

Rep. Pelosi: "Madam Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding and for his exceptional leadership in the national security of our country. My colleagues, for 3 days and nights, more than 350 Members of Congress have come to the floor to speak their conscience about the war in Iraq and the President's escalation proposal. I commend my colleagues on both..."

Rep. Putnam: "Madam Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding. While this resolution may be nonbinding, we will all be bound by its consequences: the immediate and long-lasting consequences, those here and in the combat zone. Democrats continue to put forward an inherently contradictory message with dire consequences, on one hand offering..."

Rep. Shays: "Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding. And I thank you, Mr. Speaker, for conducting this debate. This debate has been constructive. I appreciate the thoughtful comments made on both sides. Speaking for the second time, I realize it may be tempting for some to support this resolution to somehow express our strong dissatisfaction..."

Rep. Tiahrt: "Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the brave men and women in our military. Thank you, and thank you to the families who have made so many sacrifices. Today we are taking the first step towards defeat. No one likes where we are today, but our goal should be success, not to accept the defeat the Democrats are leading us towards...."

CONCLUSION

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen: "I thank the gentleman for yielding. Madam Speaker, a prominent feature of this debate has been two sharply contrasting visions of the future. One vision sees no hope for us in Iraq and counsels that we withdraw, just give up. By contrast, the other mission focuses on success. We understand what accepting defeat means for Iraq. We..."

Rep. Pence: "I thank the gentlelady for yielding. Mr. Speaker, I have listened to this debate all week, and I must say I admire the seriousness and the civility of most, if not all, of those who have come to this floor in this historic week to address the issue and express themselves on this resolution. But I rise respectfully to urge my colleagues in..."

Rep. Reichert: "Mr. Speaker, I support the troops wholeheartedly and without reservation, but I cannot support a resolution that simply opposes a new strategy without offering an alternative plan to win. There is too much at stake. Many of you know that I was a cop in the Seattle area for 33 years. I was the sheriff for 8 years. And as the sheriff I had an ..."

Rep. Waxman: "I thank my good friend for yielding to me. Mr. Speaker, this administration has mishandled the situation in Iraq from the very beginning. It misled the country into a war based on false and misleading statements about the threat from Iraq. It failed to plan for the aftermath of the military victory. It assumed that we would be..."

Iraq War Resolution

Rep. Sali: "Mr. Speaker, first of all, I would like to tip my hat to the good gentleman for his efforts on the floor and for the compelling argument that he has made here. The idea that our young people, young men and women, have gone to Iraq, gone to Afghanistan, they have spilled their blood there for a purpose that would become meaningless if we..."

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