Patrick Murphy Fights for Accountability and to Improve Lives of Soldiers
Today, at a press conference in the Capitol, Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-8th District) stood with House Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) and several members of the Blue Dog Coalition to hail the inclusion of accountability measures in the National Defense Authorization Act - the bill that sets policy for the armed forces. Additionally, last week, Murphy, a former U.S. Army Captain and Iraq war veteran, introduced and passed provisions into the Defense Authorization Act that would improve the lives of soldiers. The accountability provisions were similar to those introduced in Murphy's bill - House Resolution 97 - and he, along with the Blue Dogs, successfully pushed to have them included in the Defense bill. House Resolution 97 calls for transparency and accountability in how Iraq war funds are spent. Aside from the accountability provisions, Murphy introduced language will require guidelines and rules of engagement for contractors in Iraq and as well as language designed to improve the lives of servicemen and women.
"As a former soldier, it makes me very proud to be able to fight for a new direction in Iraq, but also to fight to improve the lives of the men and women who are serving today," said Congressman Patrick Murphy. "I am proud that Chairman Skelton and my fellow Blue Dogs helped fight for accountability and for our troops. For too long the needs of our men and women in uniform have been ignored and I am happy to have taken a stand on behalf of soldiers from the 8th District and across the country."
"The issue of private contractors in Iraq requires greater attention, and Congressman Murphy's amendment helps us take an important step towards providing much needed oversight in this area," said House Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton. "I thank him for working with me to include it in the FY08 Defense Authorization Act."
"By including these Blue Dog-sponsored provisions in the Defense Authorization bill, Chairman Skelton has demonstrated a firm commitment to restoring fiscal accountability and responsibility to the government's funding of the war in Iraq," said Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Communications. "I encourage all members of Congress to embrace this goal and vote for passage of the Defense Authorization bill this week."
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