LoBiondo Reaffirms Need to Protect Decision-Making of Military Leaders on the Ground in Iraq
A staunch supporter of American troops, U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) tonight voted against the Democrat majority's Conference report (H.R. 1591) on the "Emergency Funding Bill for Iraq," which again attempts to remove command and control over military operations in Iraq from U.S. military leaders. LoBiondo, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, has continually spoken out against efforts to weaken troop morale and undermine the authority of military leaders on the ground.
"The Democrat majority's continued insistence to dictate orders to our military leaders on how to best conduct operations in Iraq serve only to put our troops in greater peril," said LoBiondo. "I will continue to oppose any attempts to remove the chain of command and install 535 Commanders in Chief and 535 Secretaries of Defense."
The full House vote came just hours after Lieutenant General David Petraeus - the top U.S. Commander in Iraq - briefed members of Congress on the current situation on the ground. LoBiondo attended the members-only briefing.