Thursday, April 27, 2006

House Finally Set to Debate Iraq

The new House Majority Leader, John Boehner (R-Ohio), told his Republican colleagues yesterday that he will hold a full floor debate on the Iraq War. This announcement represents a change of course for House Republicans who repeatedly turned down Democratic calls for such a debate. Although Boehner has not released details on exactly what the House will debate, he does seem committed to having a lengthy discussion about our progress and future intentions in Iraq.

I welcome this debate and hope my colleagues on both sides of the isle will come together to decide the best direction for our military operations in Iraq. So far we have lost 2,391 American troops, failed to establish an Iraqi government, and are spending $10 billion a month of taxpayer dollars to sustain military operations. Our constituents and those serving in our military deserve some clear answers about the future of military operations in Iraq. Our entire country has sacrificed so much over the past three years and need reassurance from our elected leaders that we will do what is right for America and the families in the Middle East.