After being elected in 2006 Congressman Murphy, the first veteran of the Iraq War elected to Congress, was one of the most outspoken advocates for a change of direction in Iraq and called for a redeployment of troops and resources to Afghanistan. He has repeatedly helped pass legislation that would bring our troops home and give us the resources we need to go after terrorist safe havens in Afghanistan. Although these efforts were blocked by President Bush and pro-war Republicans, Congressman Murphy continued to fight for a new direction in Iraq, a timeline to bring our troops home, and a redeployment of troops and resources to Afghanistan.
Congressman Murphy strongly supported President Barack Obama's decision to commit 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan and continues to support the troops and their efforts to route out and kill Al Qaeda terrorists. Congressman Murphy believes that those in our military deserve the resources needed to defeat Al Qaeda and keep them from obtaining nuclear weapons from Pakistan.