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Dems Release Anti-Surge Resolution
One Sentence Makes for Simple Rebuke of President's Plan
02/12/2007 3:05 PM ET
In an attempt to sidestep the kind of procedural confrontation the Senate faced last week, House Democrats have introduced a most concise resolution stating disapproval of Bush's plan.

(1) Congress and the American people will continue to support and protect the members of the United States Armed Forces who are serving or who have served bravely and honorably in Iraq; and

(2) Congress disapproves of the decision of President George W. Bush announced on January 10, 2007, to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq.

Introduced by Armed Services Committee chair Ike Skelton (D-MO), Foriegn Affairs committee chair Tom Lantos (D-CA), and Walter Jones (R-NC), the non-binding resolution would have no legislative impact, but does give the issue three days of debate during which the Dems will be granted ample opportunity to rail against the president.

The legislative maneuver will also compel those members who might otherwise prefer to avoid the discussion to go on the record with their position on the surge. This will be a very uncomfortable week for those Republicans who want to support the president, but whose constituents might not favorably view such a vote in the next election.

A vote on the resolution is expected on Friday. If anyone feels compelled to write their Congressional Representative to give him/her guidance on how to vote, you may send your comments through the house.gov "Write Your Representative" system.

Here is a PDF of the actual resolution: Skelton__Lantos__Jones_resolution.pdf

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