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Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008

Location: Washington, DC

SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2008 -- (House of Representatives - May 15, 2008)


Mr. PATRICK J. MURPHY of Pennsylvania. Thank you, Chairman Obey and Chairman Murtha.

As a solemn and distinguished body, we again stand ready to break with President Bush and demand change in Iraq. And again, we have a chance to do what is right after years of pursuing the wrong strategy, a misguided strategy, that I saw firsthand and a battle my fellow paratroopers are still fighting today.

Today, we can come together to do what is right. Today, we can change direction in Iraq, refocus on al Qaeda in Afghanistan and give our troops the GI Bill that they have earned.

The question before us is clear: Do we proceed in a bipartisan way with the support of military experts and American families? Or do we continue to allow more political posturing and more of the same while American troops are stuck refereeing a religious civil war?

That is the choice we all must make. And to those who stand in the way of change and accountability in Iraq, the American people are paying attention.

The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentleman has expired.


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