U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (PA-13) released the following statement tonight regarding the President's address on Afghanistan.
"I support the President's decision to transition Afghan security responsibility to the Afghan people through a clear strategy for reduction in U.S. troops over the next year and a half. As our troops come home, the Afghan security forces will assume responsibility for their nation. I commend President Obama for the planned, deliberate, and timely withdrawal of U.S. troops.'
"We should all be proud of the talent, dedication, and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform who have served our nation and the Afghan people so admirably. President Obama's announcement tonight honors their service, acknowledges that it is time to withdraw the "surge" troops and makes it clear that the American commitment is not open-ended.'
"I hope that we can look forward to continued strong alliance with a democratic Afghanistan that will work towards economic opportunity, rule of law, and freedom for its people."